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

Charles Tu

Charles C. Tu, PhD, CFA

Charles Tu is the Daniel F. Mulvihill Professor of Commercial Real Estate and Academic Director of the MS in Real Estate program in the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. He teaches a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including real estate finance and investment, real estate capital markets, real estate management, and real estate development. He is also the principal instructor of Advanced Real Estate Finance in Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate School. Tu earned his PhD in business administration from The George Washington University in 1999 and received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2000. He became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009 and is ARGUS Software Certified for both ARGUS Valuation-DCF and Developer. Tu is also a NAIOP Distinguished Fellow.

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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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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

NAIOP Research Foundation Announces Appointment of Tracy Allen, Engineering Consulting Services, as Governor

The NAIOP Research Foundation announces the appointment of Tracy Allen as one of the Foundation’s 57 Governors. Allen demonstrated her commitment to the Foundation’s mission by making a significant contribution to its endowment and accepting the lifelong distinction of Governor.

NAIOP Advantage Series: What’s Next for the Dynamic Industrial Market?

The NAIOP Advantage Series is an exclusive member benefit, delivering expert insights into the latest research to help you make informed business decisions. Not a NAIOP member? Learn more about how NAIOP membership connects you with people, knowledge and education to help you stay ahead of the curve.

Frank Wuest, NAIOP Research Foundation Trustee, Passes

Frank Wuest died on August 13, 2016, while participating in a fundraising swim in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. At the time of his passing, Frank was president of Marcus Partners in Boston, Massachusetts, having established a successful career in real-estate investment and development.