Become A Distinguished Fellow

We are delighted to have your industry knowledge and academic background provide insights to NAIOP members. We believe you will find this program to provide a bridge between academia and the commercial real estate industry. The program is meant to provide a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas on current topics in the industry, and your active participation is an important key to success.


The Distinguished Fellows program is open to those in the academic and research field of commercial real estate and has been established to serve as a bridge between the practicing commercial real estate community and the academic community.


  • Obtain active participation in NAIOP's programs from leading researchers and educators;
  • Maintain a link with these education centers through participation of their Fellows; and
  • Recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to the field through research and educational achievements.

Becoming a Distinguished Fellows gives you the following benefits:

  • Complimentary annual membership to NAIOP
  • Complimentary registration at the Development annual meeting (Fall) and National Forums Symposium (Spring)
  • Annual travel stipend
  • Subscription to Development magazine
  • Networking opportunities with those in the industry


During your term as a Fellow, you are expected to actively participate in NAIOP events and programs and to contribute to NAIOP's educational activities. These activities could include the following:

  • Provide overview presentations of your current research, typically to the National Forums and/or NAIOP Board of DirectorsPresentation topics must be relevant to the commercial real estate community. The maximum number of presentations you would be asked to give is three per NAIOP event; if you are willing, you could give four
  • Participate in the NAIOP Research Foundation Industry Trends Meeting, which is held in conjunction with NAIOP’s annual meeting to discuss trends, challenges and opportunities that will affect the commercial real estate industry
  • Provide advice, feedback or information to NAIOP regarding research being conducted in commercial real estate
  • Submit an article to Development magazine or publish an article for the NAIOP website

For more information on Distinguished Fellows’ responsibilities, please read the Distinguished Fellows FAQ.

How to Apply

Distinguished Fellows may be nominated by NAIOP Chapter Presidents and members of the Corporate Board of Directors. If you are interested in becoming a Distinguished Fellow, please contact your nearest NAIOP chapter by the end of June to ensure your nomination is submitted in time to be considered for admission to the program the subsequent year. Candidates who are not located near a chapter may also be considered, but should contact NAIOP’s Research Director for more information (see contact information below).

In the Fall of each year, the Distinguished Fellows Credentialing Committee reviews all applications and candidates are notified of their status. In making appointments, the committee endeavors to achieve diversity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Holds an advanced degree in a real estate-related field
  • Is employed full-time in research or academia
  • Has significant experience as a researcher and/or educator
  • Has published articles, books or research findings

Interested candidates must submit the following:

  • Letter of Nomination
    A letter of nomination written by a NAIOP Chapter President or member of the Corporate Board of Directors.
  • Cover Letter
    Should include full name, university or institution address, phone, fax and email.
  • Curriculum Vitae
    Information should include and is not limited to: professional experience, education, area of expertise, academic publications, presentations, professional memberships and professional development. If you are submitting your information for review by email and your Curriculum Vitae is online, provide us with the link or Web site information.


Information should be sent by mail, fax or email to the attention of:

Shawn Moura

Shawn Moura, Ph.D.
Senior Research Director
2355 Dulles Corner Boulevard, Suite 750
Herndon, VA 20171
Direct Phone: 703-674-1414