Author: John McNellis

John McNellis is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Hastings College of The Law, co-founding McNellis Partners in 1982. He is a member of ULI, a ULI Foundation governor, and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also the author of Making It in Real Estate, published by ULI.

Articles by John McNellis

  • Retail’s Not-So-Artificial Intelligence
    Published on February 18, 2021 in Development
    ULI MEMBER-ONLY CONTENT: Owning retail space has been challenging since the Great Recession. You likely know the reasons why: overbuilding, the internet, rapacious private equity, too many lackluster tenants. You also know that every move you make—every breath you take—is recorded by your mobile phone. This latter circumstance has allowed a clever company to develop possibly the most useful tool for commercial real estate since Hewlett Packard introduced the HP-12C financial calculator in 1981.
  • How We’re Helping Our Retail Tenants Make It Through
    Published on March 18, 2020 in Market Trends
    A retail developer and ULI longtime leader shares how his firm is approaching the current shutdown in the United States and beyond.
  • Back to School: Real Estate Jargon Demystified
    Published on September 21, 2015 in Development
    Young professionals in real estate often hear expressions—some slang, others simply arcane—that neither the finest education nor the thickest dictionary is likely to illuminate. ULI Foundation Governor John McNellis translates some of the most common terms.
  • Big City Dreaming: The Sometimes Mixed Results of Mixed Use
    Published on July 15, 2015 in Market Trends
    In an opinion piece for Urban Land Online, ULI Foundation Governor and developer John McNellis argues that mandating mixed use is not the best way to incentivize development.
  • Let Them Commute: The Bay Area’s Housing Crunch
    Published on June 23, 2015 in Market Trends
    In an opinion piece for Urban Land, ULI Foundation Governor and developer John McNellis argues that the lack of affordable housing in places like California's Palo Alto hinders one of America's fastest growing job markets.
  • Solar Energy May Be Slow to Pay Dividends
    Published on September 20, 2013 in Sustainability
    California-based developer John McNellis shares his firm's real-world experience using solar power on a mixed-use project in Palo Alto.