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

Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell

Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D.

Dr. Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego, which offers an undergraduate degree in Real Estate and Development. Bussell’s research interests include private foundations' involvement in community development, quality of life indicators and urban planning, affordable housing, homelessness, and healthy aging and the built environment. She is co-author of the award-winning book Catalysts for Change: 21st Century Philanthropy and Community Development.

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Research Reports

The Evolution of the Warehouse

The Evolution of the Warehouse: Trends in Technology, Design, Development and DeliverySubmitted By: Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to provide the real estate development community with insight into current and future trends in building and logistics technologies and their implications for industrial real estate. Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott, researchers at the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, interviewed professionals specializing in industrial building design and automated systems to identify emerging trends that will be of interest to industrial developers, building owners and tenants.

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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.