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Fundamentals of Real Estate Development Placemaking (Mixed-Use Development)

Embrace the Future of Mixed-Use Development​.

Learn the art of creating dynamic mixed-use real estate projects. Gain an overview of the development process that incorporates residential, commercial, civic, and business uses into a single, vibrant parcel or development concept area. 

Online, Across Canada

We have the blueprint for your career in real estate development.

Invest in yourself now and lead the way in creating thriving mixed-use developments across Canada in the future.

About The Course

Fundamentals of Real Estate Development Placemaking


Course Delivery:
Online, Self-Paced

Core course in Real Estate Development Professional certificate

Passing Grade:
70% on each graded assessment

This course unlocks the potential of creating dynamic mixed-use real estate projects that respond to technological advances, traffic congestion, environmental concerns, and the demand for integrated living and working spaces. Through eight interactive lessons, instructor videos, and independent project work, you’ll explore the rapid growth of mixed-use real estate planning and development.

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of mixed-use development across regions in Canada, gaining insights from real-world case studies of active developments. Explore the role of planning policies, municipal approvals, and development regulations on potential mixed-use projects. Interact with like-minded co-learners and expert industry speakers, shaping your understanding of the complete mixed-use development process.

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Total price:$495.00

Course Details


  • 8 interactive lessons that provide deep insights and practical expertise.
  • Engaging instructor videos to guide you through the world of mixed-use development.
  • Independent project work to apply your learnings to real-world placemaking scenarios.
  • Downloadable Placemaking Template to facilitate your mixed-use development plans.
  • Access to our exclusive LinkedIn Networking Group, connecting you with fellow real estate professionals.

Graded Assessments 

  • 3 multiple-choice progression quizzes to gauge your understanding throughout the course.
  • 1 multiple-choice final assessment to showcase your proficiency in real estate placemaking

By completion of this course, successful learners will be able to:  

  1. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of mixed-use real estate planning and development across several regions of Canada.
  2. Identify and discuss important factors for leasing and selling mixed-use developments.
  3. Describe the basic principles of mixed-use development for a transit-oriented approach.
  4. Recognize the role of planning policies, municipal approvals, and development regulations on potential mixed-use projects.
  5. Apply specific criteria for site selection feasibility to produce a well-thought-out mixed-use development plan.
  6. Collaborate with co-learners to present a comprehensive mixed-use development plan to the class.

Rob Spanier


Rob Spanier is an international real estate development expert with two decades of experience dedicated to creating innovative, next-generation destinations and places.

By playing an integral role on multi-disciplinary project teams, Rob commits his extensive knowledge in large-scale mixed-use development, master planning, specialty leasing and deal making as well as programming and activation in order to create vibrant and prosperous communities. Most notably, Rob has helped to develop Lakeview Village on Mississauga’s waterfront, the Woodbine Districts in Toronto, and the Canary District, the 2015 PanAm Games Athletes Village. Rob is an active member and leader with the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Take one course, take several, in any order. We’ve designed the courses to meet the needs of a range of learners. You can customize your learning based on your professional goals.   

Not sure what you need? Contact us. We’re here to help. 

The average participant can complete the certificate in approximately one year. You must complete:  

Five Core Courses

  • Real Estate Development and Finance I 
  • Real Estate Development and the Planning Process 
  • Real Estate Marketing 
  • Real Estate Law 
  • Real Estate Development Management 


Two Elective Courses

  • Real Estate Development and Finance II 
  • Commercial Real Estate Development 
  • Mixed Use Real Estate Development 
  • Sales Management & Strategies  


Organizations or groups may be eligible for a group discount. Contact REDI’s Manager, Industry Relations for more information: 

No. The online Real Estate Development Professional (REDP) certificate is perfect for aspiring or new real estate development professionals across Canada. It builds foundational knowledge, skills, and frameworks that participants can take with them as they establish a career in real estate development. 

The in-person Real Estate Development Leadership (REDL) certificate is better-suited for individuals in Western Canada with some exposure to the real estate development industry. While the competencies and topics addressed in both programs are similar, REDL is an experiential program that includes peer learning, case studies, guest speakers, and site tours. 

Not sure which certificate meets your needs? Contact us:

You can start with any course. We recommend that certificate participants start with the core courses; this helps inform your learning for the elective courses. 

Each course is self-paced. You can study anytime, from anywhere with internet access! 

Based on current feedback and learner data, the average course time investment ranges from 5 to 10 hours depending on the learner’s current professional experience and subject matter knowledge.

  • Expert industry insights from REDI Canada’s national faculty.  
  • Current real-world projects, case studies, and lessons learned.  
  • Independent project work to showcase your skills and knowledge to prospective partners/employers.   
  • Access to downloadable frameworks to take with you.  

Each course includes several progress quizzes and a final assessment. Participants must achieve 70% on each to successfully pass the course. 

Yes, of course! Our team is available to answer your questions throughout the course.  



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REDI Canada Faculty

REDI Canada works with active industry professionals to develop and facilitate courses that meet industry and learner needs. Our instructors have expertise across a variety of industry areas and professional experience working across Canada.

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