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We are all invested in the cities, assets, and infrastructure of tomorrow, even if we might not
live to see the ten largest cities in 2100. But understanding climate change can get us closer.

March 1, 2022 Rajeev Ranade, Partner, Climate Core Capital; Owen Woolcock, Partner, Climate Core Capital

The pandemic-driven changes to downtown areas and central business districts are changing the geography of institutional investment. What else changes because of this?

February 16, 2022 Bruce Katz, Founding Director, Nowak Metro Finance lab, Drexel University; Frances Kern Mennone, Managing Director, FBT Project Finance Advisors

With more tenants focusing on environmental targets, the burden to reduce direct emissions places increased pressure on investors, who are at a pivotal moment in ESG strategy.

February 8, 2022 Lori Mabardi, Senior Director, Research, ESG, JLL; Emily Chadwick, Lead Risk Advisor, ESG, JLL Valuation Advisory EMEA

To better prepare for risk, firms need diversity. Is the goal of 50% female representation possible in investment and asset management firms?

February 3, 2022 Izabel Ruiz Halter, Director, Global Real Assets Practice, Sheffield Haworth

As the public health situation started to improve in early 2021 and the economy re-opened, did migration flows change too—and what if we are able to answer this in real time?

February 1, 2022 Michael Clawar, Vice President, Data Science, StratoDem Analytics, An Altus Group Business; Gleb Nechayev, Senior Vice President, Head of Research, Berkshire Residential Investments

Interest and excellence in ESG performance is becoming increasingly critical to portfolio strategy. So with sea levels on the rise, how can CRE portfolios stay above water?

January 25, 2022 Jerry Speltz, Head of US Real Estate Engineering, Barings Real Estate

Life sciences real estate has been a “hot” property type for the past decade—and even more since the pandemic. Will all the capital targeting the space be placed where it needs to go?

January 18, 2022 William Maher, Director of Strategy & Research, RCLCO Fund Advisors; Ben Maslan, Managing Director, RCLCO Fund Advisors; Cecilia Galliani, Vice President, RCLCO Fund Advisors

As investors look for sustainable sources of inflation-protected yield, real estate investment is increasingly blurring into a wider range of “digital” real asset investment strategies.

January 11, 2022 Warren Wachsberger, CEO, AECOM Capital; Josh Katzin, CIO, AECOM Capital; Corbett Kruse, Associate, AECOM Capital

The mainstreaming of non-traditional property types is well on its way within institutional investing, which will materially broaden the real estate investment universe.

January 6, 2022 Kate Pennartz, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs; Rebecca Singh, Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs

Real estate investments have historically coalesced around common property types—but it may make sense for investors to reconsider specialty property sectors in the post-COVID world.

January 2, 2022 David Wertheim, Senior Director, Client Portfolio Manager, Invesco Real Estate

Summit Journal, the official publication of AFIRE, is currently seeking abstracts, proposals, and submissions for the Spring 2022 issue, which will be published in March/April 2022.

December 22, 2021

As sustainable investing continues to grow in popularity, family offices have taken note.

December 14, 2021 Kate Pennartz, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs; Rebecca Singh, Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs

Employees are increasingly demanding flexibility and choice for where (and when) they work. What strategies can landlords implement to adapt?

December 9, 2021 Tal Peri, Head, US East Coast and Latin America, Union Investment Real Estate, New York

Debt funds remain a comparatively small part of the real estate investment market, but they have been gaining in prominence in recent years.

December 7, 2021 Karen Martinus, Senior Research Associate, USAA; Mark Fitzgerald, CFA, CAIA, Executive Director of Research, USAA; Will McIntosh, PhD, CRE, Global Head of Research, USAA

The commercial real estate industry may not yet fully grasp the actual relationship between climate risk and asset pricing and value. But the knowledge is coming fast.

November 29, 2021 Jim Clayton, Director, Brookfield Centre of Real Estate and Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business, York University; Steven Devaney, Associate Professor, Research Division Lead, Henley Business School, University of Reading; Sarah Sayce, Professor, Sustainable Real Estate, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Kingston University; Matthew Ulterino, Manager, Responsible Property Investment Program, UNEP FI; Jorn Van de Wetering, Associate Professor, Director, Studies for Real Estate and Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading

No matter your age or experience, 2021 has shaped up to be a year that no one can forget. Findings from the AFIRE 2021 Mid-Year Pulse Survey detail a cautious road ahead.

November 29, 2021 Gunnar Branson, CEO, AFIRE; Benjamin Van Loon, Director of Communications, AFIRE

Taken together, the ideas discussed in the Fall 2021 issue of Summit Journal do not represent a new consensus—nor should they. Value is not derived from consensus, but from ingenuity.

November 29, 2021 Benjamin van Loon, Editor-in-Chief, Summit Journal

Media Coverage

According to the 2021 AFIRE International Investor Survey conducted in March, almost a quarter of foreign investors ranked Austin as the No. 1 spot for increasing their commercial real estate investments this year.

May 20, 2021 MSN/Motley Fool

Foreign investors in the U.S. have traditionally focused acquisitions on trophy properties in the top handful of core markets, but that trend is changing as persistently low yields make it hard to meet return targets.

May 6, 2021 Yardi Matrix

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