Our History

From niche beginnings to global ambitions

CA Ventures began in 2004 as a niche investor focusing on the acquisition and development of student apartments near major universities. Over the last 19 years, we’ve grown into an established, highly-regarded global real estate investment manager working in diverse asset classes and over 100 markets across the globe.

Through the Years

  • Campus Acquisition founded by Tom Scott
  • Delivers first two in-fill high-rise development projects; pioneering a new niche within the industry
  • Expands upon range of expertise by hiring top industry talent to found senior living and residential platforms
  • Sells $627 million student portfolio to student housing REIT; second largest student portfolio sale at the time
  • Student platform sells portfolio to real estate investment group
  • Student platform creates joint venture partnership with global real estate investment group
  • Senior platform formalizes joint venture partnership with real estate investment firm to develop four assets
  • Senior platform formalizes programmatic development joint venture partnership with top, global investment firm
  • Student platform forms joint venture with global insurance company
  • Student platform sells portfolio and forms build-to-core joint venture with real estate investment company; encompassing 10 properties and nearly 4,700 beds at its inception
  • Opens European headquarters in London
  • Expands real estate expertise into the industrial sector
  • Student platform and joint venture partner sell three assets to European asset manager and six-asset portfolio to U.S. pension fund
  • Senior platform closes two portfolio acquisitions: 14 assets and 1,285 units
  • Wins Crain’s Best Place to Work in Chicago (2019)
  • Expands real estate expertise to include medical office and life sciences
  • QuadReal becomes 50% joint owner of student living platform 
  • CA-incubated business launches private REIT: Centris Industrial