Taylor Kaplan '09
UEP Major, Asian Studies Minor
Gibbins Kaplan Development
Real Estate Developer
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Masters in Landscape Architecture
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I manages due diligence, entitlements, design, and construction for Gibbins Kaplan Development - a real estate development firm I started with my business partner in 2018. Prior to GKD, Taylor directed due diligence, underwriting, and construction at Williams/Dame & Associates. Experience include: multi family development, managing construction and opening of a 205-key hotel, managing the design, entitlement, and construction of a 180,000 SF Class A office building, development consulting for a 380-unit mixed income residential project, and leading early due diligence and design for a new 5-star hotel. In addition to Development, Taylor has worked in city planning and architecture. She is a Portland native and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Urban & Environmental Policy ad a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
I would love to provide information to anyone looking to be involved in architecture, design, or real estate fields.
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