Research Foundation

Be a forerunner of industry knowledge by reading the Research Foundation’s newest reports on important industry topics like solar technology, global manufacturing, industrial space demand and logistical trends.

About the Foundation

The NAIOP Research Foundation fosters building better communities through practical research and education that advances the quality and makes evident the benefits of commercial real estate ownership and development.

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 to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of our communities, now and in the future.

Everyone involved in the work of the Foundation is a member of a community that is being shaped and created by commercial real estate development. It is this sense of purpose, ownership, trust and giving back that drives our work. Among the Foundation’s activities are:

  • Conducting research activities on how real properties, particularly office, industrial and mixed-use properties, impact and benefit communities throughout North America
  • Developing resources and disseminating research findings for individuals and organizations engaged in real estate development, investment and operations to plan and develop better communities
  • Building the capacity of the profession's current and future leadership to address economic and other challenges the industry faces, and to successfully capitalize on new trends.

Support the Foundation

Each year, the NAIOP Research Foundation initiates research projects that provide vital information that commercial real estate professionals need to make informed decisions that position them for success.

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Visionaries Program

The Visionaries program provides a select group of rising industry leaders, 40 years of age and under, with meaningful ways to engage with the Research Foundation and the governors.

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Distinguished Fellows Program

The Research Foundation’s Distinguished Fellows Program engages the nation’s foremost commercial real estate, economic and public policy experts.

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Governors and Trustees

Governors support the Foundation's program of work through their contributions and by giving their time and sharing their expertise.

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Annual Report

This annual report highlights some of the Foundation’s activities in the last year, with an eye to the exciting research, activities and deep dives to come in the next year and beyond.

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The NAIOP Research Foundation newsletter compiles strategic resources and analysis selected from the Foundation’s work and features its Governors and Visionaries. It is published by the NAIOP Research Foundation.

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Meet Our Distinguished Fellows

Meet the NAIOP Distinguished Fellows who help bridge the gap between the practicing commercial real estate community and the academic community.

Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D.

UC San Diego

Chris Caplice, Ph.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Suzanne Lanyi Charles, Ph.D.

Cornell University

Jim Clayton, Ph.D.

Schulich School of Business at York University

Mark J. Eppli, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Julia Freybote, Ph.D.

Portland State University

Kat Grimsley, Ph.D.

George Mason University

Mariya Letdin

Florida State University, College of Business

Keven McGhan, MBA

JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT

Glenn Mueller, Ph.D.

Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, University of Denver

Anthony Pennington-Cross, Ph.D.

Marquette University

Dustin Read, Ph.D.

Clemson University

Spenser Robinson, Ph.D.

Central Michigan University

James D. Shilling, Ph.D.

DePaul University

Mark Stapp

Arizona State University

Zhou Yang, Ph.D.

Robert Morris University

Research Reports

Research Foundation
October 26, 2022

The Role of Data Analytics in Commercial Real Estate Siting, Design and Valuation Decisions

To gain a sense of how CRE firms are using advanced data analytics, the NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine applications in site selection, design and valuation for commercial buildings. The author conducted secondary research and interviewed brokers, data providers, investors, developers and professionals at CRE technology firms.

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Research Foundation
September 14, 2022

Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment

Former industrial sites and other properties that may be contaminated – commonly called brownfields – can be viable targets for redevelopment, however the costs and risks associated with environmental remediation often make these projects challenging. The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this brief to offer insights into the key considerations that guide sustainable brownfield redevelopment.

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Research Foundation
August 24, 2022

Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate in Canada, 2022 Edition

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine the economic benefits of commercial construction across four distinct CRE asset classes, namely industrial, retail and entertainment, office, and multifamily housing during 2021. The report also describes the benefits of commercial brokerage, property management and landlord operations.

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Research Foundation
August 16, 2022

Industrial Space Demand Forecast, Third Quarter 2022

Authors, Dr. Hany Guirguis and Dr. Michael Seiler, expect the still-hot industrial market to cool, and they forecast that the net absorption rate will continue to decline until it returns to the pre-pandemic trend.

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Research Foundation
May 31, 2022

New Places and New Spaces for E-commerce Distribution: Three Strategies Bringing Industrial and Retail Real Estate Closer Together

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine three trends related to this convergence: the conversion of shopping centers to distribution centers, adding distribution uses to existing retail buildings, and the development of mixed-use properties that include both distribution and retail.

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Research Foundation
May 17, 2022

Office Space Demand Forecast, Second Quarter 2022

The U.S. office market absorbed 21.6 million square feet across the last quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. Office market vacancy rates increased for the 10th straight quarter to start the year, but a look inside the numbers reveals that the completion of new office product is partially responsible.

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Meet the NAIOP Research Foundation Governors, who demonstrate an advanced dedication to guiding the future of the commercial real estate industry. 

Lewis Agnew

Charles Hawkins Co.

Tracy Allen

ECS Group of Companies

Lawrence Armstrong, LEED AP

Ware Malcomb

Frank Baird

Capital Associates

Collin Barr

Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Bilijack R. Bell

Wilson, Hull, and Neal

Jody Walker Belsick, P.E., LEED AP

Kimley-Horn and Associates

Thomas J. Bisacquino


Kate Bryden, LEED® AP BD+C

MRP Industrial

Cory Bultinck

Wipfli LLP

Richard Cannon

Watson Land Company

Molly Carson, LEED AP

Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Roger Christianson

The Public Private Development Collaborative

Paul F. Ciminelli

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation

Peter J. Cocoziello

Advance Realty Investors

Megan Creecy-Herman


Stephen A. Crosby


Robert G. Cutlip

Gladstone Commercial Corporation

Dale Dekker

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Ltd.

Daniel DeMarco

Campanelli Companies

Ronnie E. Duncan

The Duncan Companies, Inc.

Anne Evans Estabrook

Elberon Development Company

Mark Fornes

Fornes Properties

Gregory P. Fuller

Granite Properties, Inc.

Jay Gelose

DLR Group

David Gockel

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.

Susan H.S. Graham

Susan H. Graham, LLC

David Grissom

Westport Residential, LLC

Christopher Haley

Palladian Realty Capital LLC

Ralph Heins

Primera Companies, Inc.

Douglas O. Howe

TC Real Estate Development, Inc.

William E. Hunt

The Elmhurst Group

James M. "Marty" Irving

Irving Interests

Alan B. Kahn

Kahn Development Company

F.E. "Skip" Kalb, Jr.

Skip Kalb Strategies, LLC

Jean Kane

Nazir Khalfe, AIA, RIBA

Powers Brown Architecture

Alex Klatskin

Forsgate Industrial Partners

Edmund Klimek

KSS Architects

Larry Lance

EverWest Real Estate Partners

Rod Lawrence

Network Realty Partners

Daniel Levison, CCIM, SIOR

CRE Holdings

Mark G. Levy

BBX Capital Industrial

Hugh D. Little

Capital Associates

Jordan Lott

Lake Washington Partners

Barbara Schaefer McDuffie

Baker Tilly

Robb Merritt

Merritt Properties, LLC

Jeffrey J. Milanaik

Bridge Industrial

William A. Mitchell

DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield)

Mike Mullen

Robert E. O'Neill

Southgate Corporation

Nino D. Pedrelli, Ph.D.

State Street Realty Advisors, LLC

Jon Peterson

Peterson Companies

Patrick Pierce

Selwyn Property Group, Inc.

Ronald A. Pizzuti

The Pizzuti Companies

Lawrence A. Pobuda

Opus Development Company, L.L.C.

Marie Purkert

christopher consultants, ltd.

Ronald L. Rayevich

Raymar Associates, Inc.

Eugene Reilly


Drew Richardson

Primera Companies, LLC

Lex Rickenbaker

USAA Real Estate Company

John "Jack" Schultz

Agracel, Inc.

Thomas D. Senkbeil

Senkbeil Associates

Alan C. Sheppard, Jr.

Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Eva Stevens

Kenneth Stiles

Stiles Corporation

Rob Stofer

Rialto Capital Management

Douglas Swain

The Opus Group

Gerard Sweeney

Brandywine Realty Trust

Dwight S. Taylor

Stonegate Partners, LLC

Joseph S. Taylor

Matrix Development Group

Rick Tollakson

Hubbell Realty Company

Jonathan Tratt

Tratt Properties, LLC

Colleen Wevodau, CPA, MBA

Baker Tilly

Joan Woodard

Richard L. Woodruff

Boulder Creek Neighborhoods

Chris Zarek

Cowboy Partners