The NAIOP Research Foundation helps build better communities through practical research and education. The Foundation's research projects, educational programs and outreach activities have a united purpose: to support developers, owners and others involved in commercial real estate in meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our communities, now and in the future.

Distinguished Fellow Spotlight

David Funk

David Funk Ph.D.

David Funk completed his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an interdisciplinary focus on real estate and university administration. Prior to that, he worked in the real estate field for eight years, with responsibilities in construction, property management and development, including projects in historical preservation. During this time, he also founded Ohio-based Capstone Properties LLC and Capstone Property Management Ltd. as real estate holding and management companies. Before coming to Cornell, Dr. Funk directed full-time and executive M.B.A. programs, including the program at the University of Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business.

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Research Reports

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Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate, 2014 EditionSubmitted By: Stephen S. Fuller, PhD Dwight Schar Faculty Chair and University Professor; Director, Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia

This research report quantifies the economic impact of new commercial real estate development and construction in the U.S. and states, including jobs created, income generated, GDP and the effect of multipliers.

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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

Research Revolutionizing Commercial Real Estate

Read the inaugural issue of the Research Foundation newsletter.

New Report Confirms Commercial Real Estate Development Industry Growing at Strongest Pace Since Economic Recovery Began

The commercial real estate development industry grew at the strongest pace in 2013 since the economic recovery began in 2011, according to an annual report on the state of the industry released today by the NAIOP Research Foundation.

New Report Shows U.S. Leading a Global Trend Toward a More Innovative, Independent Workplace

It may be too soon to wave goodbye to the cubicle, but a new trend towards a more open and innovative workplace is sweeping America and the globe. It is called “coworking,” where workers share the same roof but not necessarily the same boss.