Thomas Tafur

Master’s in Real Estate and the Built Environment ’18

Hometown: Denver, CO

Pre-Daniels Experience: I worked in the residential design-build industry, as well as architecture and construction.

Post-Daniels Experience: Managing Director at Build6

Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, camping, skiing and woodworking

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What advice do you have for prospective students?

Don’t be shy, and reach out to current and former students. Always be willing to step out of your comfort zone and go to events, and never underestimate the power of sharing that cup of coffee with someone you look up to or would like to know more about. Be open-minded and roll with what comes your way. Don’t be afraid to speak up and share your point of view with classmates and faculty.

What are some of your favorite things to do in or around Denver?

I love the Denver climate and quick access to natural wonders. I also enjoy exploring the exploding culinary scene. As a parent, there are also many opportunities for fun and creative family events.

Is there a particular class at Daniels that really stands out?

I really enjoyed the CityCraft course with Professor John Knott, which focuses on the principles of master building in the 21st century as a way to restore communities. I also participated in the Solar Decathlon with Professor Eric Holt. It’s a competition for college students to build full-size, solar-powered homes.

How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?

I have been able to define my professional and personal goals much more accurately and confidently as a direct response to my time at Daniels.

Tell us about an “Ah-ha” moment where you put to use what you learned in the classroom.

My “Ah-ha” moment came after the CityCraft course where I realized that my skills could be used to help the low-income community and create profound change within it rather than working on high-end projects that don’t give me the same sort of fulfillment anymore.

Want to know more about Thomas?

Check out this blog post to learn why Thomas credits his coming to Daniels with making connections that made the difference in his career.