AVP, Real Estate
Sara Lu, Assistant Vice President for Real Estate, leads the development, acquisition, disposition, leasing, and strategic planning of Emory’s real property assets in support of enterprise wide real estate objectives and strategies. She is a licensed Architect with the State of California, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Architecture and Economics from the University of California—Berkeley, and a Master in Urban Planning, with a concentration in Real Estate and Urban Development, from Harvard University.
Before joining Emory, Sara worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory as Senior Capital Project Manager, leading various design and construction efforts across 40 square miles of DOE-owned property and a portfolio containing more than 8 million square feet under roof, including the formation of Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Prior, she served as owner’s Project Manager for Genentech and U.S. General Services Administration, and as Design Manager for Eight Inc., a multi-disciplinary experience design firm. Her diverse clients include: Dolby Laboratories, Apple Inc., Jawbone Inc., Bently Enterprises, and Miami Science Museum, among others.
Sara was the recipient of HartHowerton Fellowship, which funded her investigation of the impact of urban planning and infrastructure development on Beijing as the city accommodated the 2008 Olympic Games. She was a research associate with the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative where she worked on LA-Shanghai real estate market trends and contributed to the 3rd edition of Professional Real Estate Development, the ULI Guide to the Business.
An avid believer that design and investment are integrally connected, Sara is committed to shaping inspiring, lasting, and healthy built environments. She enjoys sketching, jazz, and traveling in search of delicious, vibrant, and joyful things.