Vera Tay

Vera Tay

New York, NY, US

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I am a Real Estate Development Professional based in New York. 



ALPHA PARTNERS GROUP, New York, NY, US, Acquisitions / Development Intern

• Performed analyses and underwriting for new acquisitions focused on a value-add investment strategy across several asset classes in high-growth secondary and tertiary markets.

• Participated in the end-to-end underwriting and acquisition of a 116-unit Multifamily portfolio located in Columbus OH; independently prepared investor presentation materials and conducted in-depth due diligence

May 2020 - current

Gensler, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

• Developed Class A Office buildings through multiple roles that included budget management, project coordination and design for top-tier clients like Apple, Netflix, NBC Universal, William Morris Endeavor, NASA JPL and Hyundai Capital America.

• Delivered quality workplace strategy through high density analysis and test fit scenarios to optimize the 128,000 SF Apple Media Campus that accommodates multiple interdisciplinary departments.

• Worked in competitive tight deadline environments across multiple phases of the development process synthesizing the use of analytical and creative skillsets.

Oct 2017 - May 2019

The Jerde Partnership, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

• Executed and co-pitched real estate design solutions for Mixed-Use developments focused on the Southern California market.

• Coordinated and organized the project delivery flow for China markets that include a 4.3 million SF Mixed-Use development.

Aug 2016 - Aug 2017

Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Intern

• Contributed to the design and documentation of developments across several asset classes that includes the $180 million capital expansion of the Hammer Museum, and Brannan Square - 3 Office building complex spanning 1.2 million SF for Tishman Speyer.

• Executed design strategy through the preparation of marketing materials to raise the targeted $65 million in equity for the expansion of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre.

Feb 2016 - May 2016

SCDA Architects, Los Angeles, Development Analyst

•Coordinated the bespoke facade system for the luxury Condominium development, Soori High Line NYC, featuring expansive penthouses and private swimming pools valued at $4,989/SF.

• Led real estate design strategy on large-scale luxury Hospitality and Condominium projects in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Real Estate Development

• Relevant Coursework: Real Estate Finance, Underwriting, Capital & Partnership Structuring with Advanced Excel Modeling, Lease Analysis & Financial Metrics, Fund Management & Capital Raising, Portfolio Management, REIT Analysis, Advanced Development Case Studies.

• Activities: Member of Real Estate Private Equity and Women in Real Estate Development (WiRED) Club.

• Capstone Project: Built a dynamic pro forma model to underwrite the repositioning of 666 5th Avenue in Manhattan NY, into a Class A Office building. Transaction assumptions translate to mid-teens levered returns over a 5-year holding period.

Jun 2019 - May 2020

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

• Activities: American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

• Spring Semester Abroad: Milan | Rome | Como - Anthony A. Marnell, Italian Architecture Studies Program 2014

Aug 2010 - May 2015

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