Director's Message

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Welcome to the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova School of Business. The center is dedicated to producing tomorrow’s leaders in the commercial real estate industry. The center supports educational opportunities at both the undergraduate and MBA level. Our programs are focused on leveraging the Augustinian tradition that pervades Villanova University and VSB to help students not only learn the technical skills to thrive in the fast changing world of commercial real estate but the ethical framework that will allow them to become the types of leaders organizations and society require today. 

The Villanova real estate family encompasses our students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the program with each of these constituents contributing in a significant way to our mission. VSB ranks as one of the top undergraduate business schools in the country.  Our students are immersed in a cross-functional, innovative curriculum that focuses on translating theory to practice. Our real estate alumni help to make this goal a reality through their participation in the classroom and on the center’s advisory council. The advisory council is made up of a diverse group of industry leaders from across the industry and country. They advise the center’s leadership on curriculum, strategy, center events, and thought leadership initiatives that the CRE industry will find valuable.

The center’s keynote event is the Villanova Real Estate Development Challenge held in the spring of each year. The development challenge brings together teams from some of the top undergraduate real estate programs around the country to provide solutions to a real time development case. Teams are judged by industry leaders and the winning teams are awarded cash prizes. The challenge allows students to use the lessons they learn in the classroom in a “real world” setting and present their ideas to experienced experts from the industry.

I thank you for your interest in the DiLella center. Please look around the website to learn more about what we do here at the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate. If you are interested in hiring interns or full time employees or if you would like to be added to our mailing list for invitations to upcoming events you can please contact us at (610) 519-4334 or email

Shawn D. Howton, PhD
Faculty Director
Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate


For More Information

Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate
Villanova School of Business
800 East Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-4476

Shawn Howton, PhD
Faculty Director

Jessica Taylor

Charlie Davidson
Professor of Practice

Carly Gulasarian
Program Administrator

Tony Ziccardi
Center Fellow