Research Foundation

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 Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate and Executive Director of Real Estate Programs in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has also served as a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. In November 2011, Stapp was named a NAIOP Distinguished Fellow. Stapp has over 40 years’ experience planning, designing, developing, investing in and advising about real estate.

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Research Reports

Capital Improvements Research Brief

Using Capital Improvements to Create Competitive Advantage in the COVID-19 EraSubmitted By: Dustin C. Read, Ph.D./J.D., Associate Professor, Virginia Tech and Sam Kuprianov, undergraduate Real Estate major, Virginia Tech

This brief evaluates the merits of frequently discussed capital investments and their potential to create durable competitive advantages. It draws from an analysis of recent coverage in commercial real estate trade publications, as well as conversations with seven industry practitioners that took place in June 2020.

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