The Runstad Center were well represented at the annual meeting of the American Real Estate Society at the beginning of April in San Diego, with Simon Stevenson, Sofia Dermisi and James Young all in attendance. Simon and Sofia presented two papers each. Simon’s two papers were concerned with office cycles in the US and real estate’s inflation hedging ability whilst Sofia’s focused on the risk of terrorism and its impact on real estate. Sofia also played a key role in the Critical Issues Seminar while Simon was on two panels.
Sofia is to be the program chair of the 2018 ARES annual meeting in Florida, while Simon was elected as program chair of the 2019 meeting. The 2019 meeting is to be held in Scotsdale, Arizona. In addition, James has taken on the role of associate meeting planner for ARES.