2021 INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE SOCIETY (IRES) AWARDS

The 2021 IRES awards were announced at the IRES Board meeting on May 12.   The recipients are:

IRES Achievement Award: Mo Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez’s internationally cited research includes work on spatial statistics, corporate real estate, REITs, capital markets and commercial real estate, appearing in journals such as Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, and Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. In addition, he is as an editor for Journal of Real Estate Literature.  Mo has served as a member of the IRES and ARES Boards of Directors, Executive Director of the James R. Webb ARES Foundation, and ARES Director of Finance.  He was instrumental in the formation of LARES and development of the IRES website and continues to champion support for doctoral students and faculty in emerging countries.

IRES Service Award: Bob Martens

Dr. Martens is a long-serving member of the ERES Board of Directors and organized the 2013 ERES conference at which IRES held its Board of Directors meeting.  He spearheaded the effort to create and host a searchable digital library of conference and symposium papers and abstracts for IRES, LARES, and AfRES, creating permanent records that members of all societies can access to further their research.

IRES Corporate Leadership Award:  Department of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town Department of Construction Economics and Management has played an active role in supporting AfRES.  The Department has hosted AfRES annual conferences and seminars as well as the office of the AfRES Executive Director, providing financial and staff support.  In 2017, the Department enthusiastically took on the relaunching and operation of the Journal of African Real Estate Research within the Urban Real Estate Research Unit, ensuring a peer-reviewed outlet for African real estate researchers.

The International Real Estate Society (IRES) is a federation of regional real estate societies that encourages global cooperation on research and education.  The mission of IRES is to: (1) encourage communication, cooperation, and coordination regarding real estate research and education; (2) encourage and assist in establishment of real estate education and research programs; (3) encourage research on international real estate topics; and (4) encourage and facilitate faculty exchanges. 

The federation consists of the American Real Estate Society, European Real Estate Society, Pacific Rim Real Estate Society, Asian Real Estate Society, African Real Estate Society, and Latin American Real Estate Society.  IRES annually presents three prestigious awards.  Nominations come from individual members of the regional societies and the recipient is decided by a vote of a committee comprised of one representative from each of the regional organizations and one industry representative.  Further information and the names of past recipients can be found at the IRES website, www.iresnet.net.