Dr.Sofia Dermisi

Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Runstad Endowed Professor in Real Estate



Professor Dermisi’s education and experience are interdisciplinary, combining: design, planning, engineering, finance, economics, sustainability and real estate market analysis through research, teaching and on-going contributions to the commercial real estate industry. Understanding the evolution of office markets and the effect of internal and external shocks has been the core of her research. More than a decade her research agenda has focused on major downtown locations, with three areas of emphasis: sustainability, disasters (terrorism, life – safety issues) and market analysis.

She received external grants from the National Science Foundation, Real Estate Research Institute, Illinois Department of Transportation and BOMA/Chicago. She published more than twenty papers in peer reviewed academic journals and presented her work in U.S. and international conferences.

She also serves as an elected board member of the American Real Estate Society, editorial board member of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, editor of the Data, Methods, and Technology section of the Journal of Real Estate Literature and a reviewer for multiple peer reviewed journals.

Professor Dermisi consults for real estate companies and organizations such as the Building Owners & Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago) on office market issues. Two significant professional research activities included the BOMA/Chicago’s two Economic Impact Studies (2006 and 2012) which analyzed the organization’s economic footprint and performance of the majority of Chicago’s downtown office properties.

She holds a degree in Planning & Regional Development Engineering (’98) from the University of Thessaly, Greece and Master and Doctoral degrees (’99 and ’02) from the Harvard Design School. She is also a Practicing Engineer in Greece and a certified LEED Green Associate.




Position: Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Runstad Endowed Professor in Real Estate

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