Bernhard von Oppersdorff (MDes ’22) has been awarded a Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) scholarship for the 2020–2021 academic year, one of ten students to receive the honor this year. The scholarship is awarded annually to graduate students majoring or concentrating in real estate. In addition to a cash prize, recipients are invited to the Annual Institutional Investor Real Estate Conference.
Von Oppersdorff is a first-year student in the Master in Design Studies (MDes) program’s Real Estate and the Built Environment (REBE) concentration at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. He is concentrating his studies on deal structuring and urban redevelopment. Prior to studying at the GSD, von Oppersdorff worked as a project manager in development and acquisitions at BEOS AG, a German mixed-use industrial real estate firm. He began his professional career as a financial analyst and consultant to Oaktree Capital’s real estate opportunities funds in Los Angeles.
Von Oppersdorff earned a BSc in International Politics and Law with honors from Georgetown University. Upon graduation, he plans to return to the opportunistic real estate investing sphere focusing on distressed and over-leveraged real estate in need of rescue capital or asset repositioning.