Roy R. Pachecano

Adjunct Lecturer in Real Estate Development

Real Estate Development
Roy R. Pachecano

Areas of Expertise

  • Design
  • Construction
  • Land use and zoning
  • Real estate finance


Master of Science in Real Estate Development, Columbia University

Master of Science in Architecture, Columbia University

Bachelor of Environmental Design, Texas A&M University

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As an entrepreneur, Roy R. Pachecano AIA, MSRED started his private company, Portico R.E.I. LLC (“Portico”), as a graduate student on his first day of class. Within months of graduating, his first project was featured on the cover of The New York Times (Real Estate section). As a hands-on developer, he soon began to represent prominent clients in providing advisory services to the CarlyleHotel for Rosewood Resorts/Hunt Family, SL Green Realty Corp., Deutsche BankPWM and Tudor City Coop-Board in New York City, in helping to create master plans, development and cost strategies.

Investing on its own account, Portico became nationally recognized when it restored a historic dwelling in San Antonio, Texas, near the famed Alamo. According to the USGBC, the project became the first 19th-century recorded historic landmark int he United States to earn USGBC’s LEED-Platinum designation. Former Vice President Al Gore, the State of Texas and the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the project for its significant scientific feat and innovative design.

Prior to establishing his own company, Pachecano was appointed a director of the Design Consulting Department at the Law Offices of LePatner & Associates in NewYork, where he focused on clients’ real estate holdings and ran building forensics. Before his employment in the legal industry, he was a rising young architect at Kohn PedersenFox (KPF), assisting in the design of skyscrapers around the world. He soon was working on a string of buildings erected with prolific presence: Shanghai World Financial Center, Argentina Telecom in Buenos Aires, Plaza 66 in Shanghai and Ropponghi Tower in Tokyo.

Pachecano remains active in higher education and marks the start of his teaching career in 1996, serving for seven years as a summer seminar assistant to Mssrs. Barry B. LePatner, Esq., and Harvard University faculty A. Eugene Kohn FAIA, at the Graduate School of Design. In 2002, he was appointed faculty at Pratt Institute and in 2009, he was appointed adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University (MSRED). He currently serves as research advisor at Columbia University’s Urban Design Lab and has spoken at international conferences on the future of urban design, land use and technologies impacting our built environment.

Pachecano earned two advanced degrees from Columbia University: MS Arch in 1993 and MS Real Estate Development in 2003, combining finance, urban design and planning law curricula. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. In 2019, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award—the highest recognition given by the university’s College of Architecture to less than 1% of its graduates.

In 2017, he created Portico Productions, a nonprofit film production company creating content drawn from his course syllabus “Zoning, Its Impact on Architecture, Real Estate and the Community,” Episode 1:

He is an intense watercolorist, cyclist and enjoys traveling.