Research

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

Mark Stapp

Mark Stapp

Mark Stapp is the Executive Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program and the Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He serves as a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. An active member of the Phoenix development community, Mark has been a part of various business enterprises and development projects for over 34 years. He currently serves as co-chair of the Academic Research Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), is a member of ICSC’s North American Research Task Force and the Editorial Board of the Homburg-Oxford University Press. Mark is also the Managing Member of Pyramid Community Developers, LLC, an investment and development firm of projects throughout the United States, and provider of asset management and design consultation services. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from William Patterson University and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive and Professional Education program in the Graduate School of Business.

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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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Foundation News

Study Concludes that Office Tenants Prefer Suburban Vibrant Centers over Traditional Single-Use Suburban Locations

For close to a decade, based on anecdotes, real estate professionals have suspected that vibrant and walkable office environments are preferred over and perform better than single-use office locations. A new study, the first of its kind, tests this hypothesis across 40 plus U.S. office markets and concludes the following:

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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.