Student Profile
Student Profile: Liz Dilorenzo


Portland OR

Undergraduate Work

BA, University of San Diego, 2005
MBA, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010

Degree Candidate

MSRED 2011 Interest Area Sustainability, Affordable Housing, Public-Private Developments, Public-Financing Mechanisms

Thesis Topic

Connecting New Neighbors: How to ensure a wonderful public environment through creative financing in mixed-use developments.

Career Ambition

I want to be a developer. My career goal is to help people reconnect with one another by building healthier and happier communities.

Why MIT?

As future development leaders and entrepreneurs we need to learn how to apply facilitating mechanisms from concepts to practice and MIT is the perfect place to do that. MIT has the oldest and most innovative real estate program in the world. MIT's motto is "Mens et Manus," translates from the Latin to "Mind and Hand," reflecting the educational ideals of MIT's founders who were promoting, above all, education for practical application. MIT doesn’t just teach theories or best practices. MIT is all about innovation and new ideas. We are encouraged to take classes in all different departments (engineering, planning, architecture, business, policy, etc.) and challenged to think in new ways at this program.


We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein