Richard Taylor, JD

Director of the Center for Real Estate; Associate Professor of Practice, Management and Entrepreneurship

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Areas of Expertise

  • Asset Growth
  • Market Growth
  • Organizational Flexibility
  • Strategy

Professional Experience

Richard Taylor currently serves as chairman of the Taylor-Smith Companies, where he manages multiple real estate business entities.

He has development experience in the residential, retail, and commercial sectors of the real estate industry. Richard Taylor is the former vice president of development at FMR Properties Inc., where he helped convert the old Commonwealth Pier in Boston Harbor into Boston's World Trade Center.

In the 90s, Richard Taylor joined Governor Bill Weld as his first secretary of transportation and helped reestablish rail service from Worcester to Boston and oversaw construction of the Ted Williams Tunnel and the Dudley Station Bus Terminal. He initiated construction of the new South Station Bus Terminal, the Old Colony Commuter Rail project, and the $14 billion Big Dig project.


  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Scholar, Oxford University
  • BS, Boston University
  • Rhodes Scholar

Intellectual Contributions

  • Book Review
    Taylor, R. Business Ethics: Case Studies and Selected Readings, 7th Edition by Marianne M. Jennings, South-Western Cengage Learning, 2011. Neilson Journals Publishing.
  • Other
    Taylor, R. (2016). Martha's Vineyard: Race, Property, and the Power of Place (pp. 383). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Book Store.
  • Presentations
    Taylor, Richard (Presenter & Author), "Real Estate Studies", Suffolk University.
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