Will McIntosh, Ph.D., CRE received the 2017 James A. Graaskamp Award from The Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) at the 27th Annual Institutional Investor Conference on October 17, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
The Graaskamp Award is given to recognize those persons who contribute practical insights gained through significant research. Will’s distinguished career spans more than three decades in numerous aspects of institutional real estate. As Global Head of Research for USAA Real Estate Company, he is instrumental in developing commercial real estate investment strategy and managing in-house research with the objective of informing and enhancing the real estate investment process. He has served as the Head of Real Estate Research and Strategy for several of the largest investment managers in the world, including Prudential Real Estate Investors, AIG Global Real Estate Investment, and ING Real Estate. Will was critical in establishing the real estate research team for the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).
During his career, Dr. McIntosh has published numerous research articles in leading real estate professional and academic journals, while previously serving as Co-Editor of The Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management and now Associate Editor of Real Estate Issues. He has provided thought-leadership on important industry topics such as real estate investment benchmarking, attribution analysis, the benefits of diversification, international investing, the evolution of public and private markets, the impact of e-commerce, market research, and REITs to name just a few.
The James A. Graaskamp Award is presented biennially by PREA. Dr. Graaskamp, a CRE, was known for his pioneering research that sought to bridge the gap between academia and the marketplace. Appropriately, the award acknowledges the critical role of research in the furtherance of prudent institutional investment in real estate by honoring research that is both of high academic integrity and significant practical use. The award carries with it a scholarship of $10,000 presented to the university chosen by the recipient.