Brief Biographical Information

Brief biographical information for Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE ®

Hugh is  Special Advisor to Fordham University's Real Estate Institute and serves as Chair of its Curriculum Committe. Previously he was a Clinical Professor in New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate where he has taught for 32 years. Hugh holds a PhD from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland in Urban Economics and the Built Environment. He heads his own consulting practice, Hugh F. Kelly Real Estate Economics. Prior to 2001, he was chief economist for Landauer Associates, one of the nation’s most prominent commercial property consulting firms. His portfolio of work includes the economic study that led to the East Brooklyn Congregation’s “Nehemiah Program”, which has built over 3,500 homes in the most impoverished neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens; the site selection study which located the Saturn automobile plant for General Motors; the “Cities of Tomorrow” study which enabled Lend-Lease (Australia) to purchase the $4 billion+ investment portfolio of Equitable Real Estate Investors; and expert testimony in various phases of the rebuilding of New York’s World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorism catastrophe.

Hugh is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate (and was its Chairman in 2014). Hugh has published more than 300 articles in industry and academic journals. He has been the principal writer of the ULI/PwC publication, Emerging Trends in Real Estate for the past four years (annual editions for 2015 - 2018) . His book,. “24-hour Cities: Performance Beyond Promises” (Routledge, 2016)  received the Bruss "Gold Award" from the National Association of Real Estate Editors in 2017.

Hugh served pro bono as the President of the Board of Brooklyn Catholic Charities’ affordable housing development corporation from 2006 to 2012, and is now a board member of corporate entities with responsibility for the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s physical assets.

His B.A. in Philosophy (magna cum laude) was earned at Cathedral College, Douglaston, Queens in 1970. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association and a Life Member of the Karl Jaspers Society of North America. In 2008, his paper “Judgment: Imagination, Creativity, and Delusion,” was published in the journal Existenz (v.3, n.1: Boston University).