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Diego Fernández Briseño

Diego joins MIT coming from the commercial real estate industry in New York City. He was previously active at CommonGrounds Workplace, a startup that develops and operates co-working spaces. Where he led the expansion of their space-as-a-service product throughout the United States. His motivation to pursue an MSRED stems from his passion and curiosity towards cities and the built environment. Diego believes real estate development should be inclusive and have a social dimension. During his time in MIT, he aspires to explore alternative forms of financing real estate, and different strategies for sustainable growth.

Diego graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City with an Architecture degree. Then he joined Gensler where he worked on designing corporate headquarters for financial firms and large international companies. Later, he moved to New York to work with clients in the tech industry and participated in the development of the new Google campus in Manhattan. His portfolio comprises of more than 700k SF of built project work. He is a registered architect in Mexico and also possesses a LEED accreditation.

Having developed his career between his home country of Mexico and the United States, Diego is eager to explore what can the industry in the developed world learn from emerging markets. After the program, Diego seeks to return to the professional world and work for a REIT, and he also aspires to open his own development firm to pursue commercial deals. Diego is the recipient of the MSRED program’s Theodore S. Bacon Jr. Fellowship for the academic year 2019-20

In his free time Diego enjoys photography which he portrays in his social media. Lately, his preferred conversation topics revolve around investing and tech, and likes debating about the real estate sector in NYC. He is fluent in three languages and is always looking forward to traveling to new unknown places.