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Distinguished Fellow Spotlight

David Dale-Johnson

David Dale-Johnson

Professor David Dale-Johnson is the Stan Melton Executive Professor in Real Estate at the Alberta School of Business. An expert in real estate finance and development and city building, he came to U of A after many years teaching in that field at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Sol Price School of Public Policy. He has led real estate study programs in Latin America and Asia as well as executive programs for professional organizations, local governments and private industry. Professor Dale-Johnson completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Business Administration at the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. At the University of Alberta, he has built a new program in real estate at the Alberta School of Business offering a Certificate to Bachelor of Commerce students and stream to MBA students. In 2015, working with NAIOP Edmonton, he brought the NAIOP Real Estate Challenge to Alberta – now known as the Battle of Alberta, where students from the Alberta School of Business and the Haskayne School of Business compete in a development case competition. He teaches executive programs for REALpac and a new real estate elective for MBAs at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. His current research interests focus on the valuation of land use rights and the evolution of real estate markets in economies in transition.

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Research Reports

Preferred Office Locations

Preferred Office Locations: Comparing Location Preferences and Performance of Office Space in CBDs, Suburban Vibrant Centers and Suburban AreasSubmitted By: Emil Malizia

Where do today’s office tenants want to be located? This comprehensive study, which combines expert opinion and accurate property-level data, provides reliable information about emerging location preferences across major U.S. office markets and the comparative performance of office space in CBDs, suburban vibrant centers — defined as amenity-rich, mixed-use, “live, work, play” locations — and typical single-use suburban areas.

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Meet all of the Foundation's Governors

The Foundation's Governors support the Foundation's work through their contributions and sharing their expertise.

Foundation News

NAIOP Research Foundation Announces Appointment of Tracy Allen, Engineering Consulting Services, as Governor

The NAIOP Research Foundation announces the appointment of Tracy Allen as one of the Foundation’s 57 Governors. Allen demonstrated her commitment to the Foundation’s mission by making a significant contribution to its endowment and accepting the lifelong distinction of Governor.

NAIOP Advantage Series: What’s Next for the Dynamic Industrial Market?

The NAIOP Advantage Series is an exclusive member benefit, delivering expert insights into the latest research to help you make informed business decisions. Not a NAIOP member? Learn more about how NAIOP membership connects you with people, knowledge and education to help you stay ahead of the curve.

Frank Wuest, NAIOP Research Foundation Trustee, Passes

Frank Wuest died on August 13, 2016, while participating in a fundraising swim in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. At the time of his passing, Frank was president of Marcus Partners in Boston, Massachusetts, having established a successful career in real-estate investment and development.