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About the Furman Center

The NYU Furman Center advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy. 


Established in 1995, it is a joint center of the New York University School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Its mission is to: 

Ingrid Gould Ellen, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning is the Center's Faculty Director. Mark Willis, Resident Research Fellow, is the Executive Director. The Center's staff regularly collaborates with faculty and researchers from the School of Law, the Wagner School of Public Service, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and many other research organizations at NYU and beyond.

The NYU Furman Center is named in honor of NYU Law alumnus Jay Furman, class of '71, who is a member of both the NYU School of Law Foundation Board of Trustees and the NYU Board of Trustees. Mr. Furman, an international real estate investor and developer, provided generous financial support to endow the Center, and is a constant source of support, ideas, and inspiration.

The NYU Furman Center received the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2012. This distinguished award recognized the Center's excellence in providing objective, policy-relevant research and analyses to address the challenges facing New York City and other communities across the nation. 

The NYU Furman Center launched the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy in 2010 to improve the effectiveness of affordable housing policies and programs. The Institute is named for NYU Law alumnus Ron Moelis, class of '82, an affordable housing developer who provided financial support.