Research Foundation

Be a forerunner of industry knowledge by reading the Research Foundation's reports on important industry topics such as emerging technology, property conversions, 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.


Building Better Communities through Research

Learn how the NAIOP Research Foundation, through the support of its Governors, is advancing commercial real estate.

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Read the latest research reports from the NAIOP Research Foundation, and learn about ongoing research projects important to commercial real estate.

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About the Research Foundation

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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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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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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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.  

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Hybrid Work and the Future of Office

Adapting to a New Paradigm in Occupier Demand

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine the current state of hybrid work and how it affects the office sector. The study draws from survey and market data provided by CBRE to explore how occupiers are approaching their use of office space, and the building locations, features and amenities they prioritize. 

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