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Patrick Downey

Patrick comes to MIT with eight years’ experience advising technology, life science, and clean tech companies on real estate acquisitions and growth strategies.  He brings a deep understanding of how and why new economy companies make real estate decisions and the impact those decisions have on an organization’s business and culture.

At Columbia Group Realty Advisors, a boutique Cambridge-based tenant advisory practice, he led and supported over 1.2 million square feet in commercial office and lab lease transactions, while embedding himself in the client teams that drive decision making around physical space needs, corporate culture, and company growth plans.  Clients served include TripAdvisor, Ginkgo Bioworks, MIT’s The Engine, the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, and a wide range of early to mid-stage technology and lab companies.  As an in-house consultant at TripAdvisor, Patrick developed metrics and control systems for a 40+ site global portfolio and drove processes across departments to create and manage cohesive real estate strategies.

At the Center for Real Estate, Patrick aims to supplement his experience executing strategies on behalf of corporate tenants with a broader range of development skills to create real estate products that address the needs of early stage and established companies in Greater Boston. In particular, he is focused on the assemblage, financing, and design of mid to large-scale urban developments that support the infrastructure of the area’s growing innovation economy.       

A life-long Boston area resident, Patrick graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Government and lives in South Boston with his wife.