About the Furman Center

The Furman Center is a joint research center of the New York University School of Law and the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. The 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 Furman Center is directed by Vicki Been, the Boxer Family Professor of Law. Ingrid Gould Ellen, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, is the Co-Director of the Center. More than 15 faculty from the Law School, the Wagner School, and NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences are involved in the Center’s work.

Over the past 15 years, the Furman Center has been committed to the highest standards of interdisciplinary empirical and legal research about housing, land use, real estate, and urban affairs. The report, “15 Years of Research, Analysis and Insight”, looks back at the Furman Center’s past research, events and reports in four focus areas: Housing Finance and Foreclosures, Affordable Housing, Land Use Regulation, and Neighborhood Change. (PDF version)

Since its founding in 1995, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy has become a leading academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate development and housing. The Center is dedicated to the following three missions: