In Memoriam Professor Emilio Haddad

The international real estate research community mourns the loss of one our leaders, Prof. Dr. Emilio Haddad, former president of the Latin American Real Estate Society (LARES,) on July 2, 2022.

Son of immigrants who already lived in Brazil, Emilio Haddad was born in Lebanon when his parents were there visiting relatives. He graduated in Physics at University of São Paulo (USP), out of passion and in Civil Engineering at Escola Politécnica, out of vocation. He also studied at Stanford University and at University of California at Berkeley.  He completed his doctoral research at FAU –  Architecture and Urbanism School at University of São Paulo, focusing on the subdivision of cities in homogeneous zones, for planning purposes.  

Emilio started his career at Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnológicas (IPT) in São Paulo, until, after his master’s degree abroad, he was invited to become a professor at FAU on urban planning techniques. In 1983, Emilio took office as a director of COHAB-SP, the São Paulo city housing company. In 1986 he left City government to become a director of the USP Campus Management Authority. He was responsible for the creation of graduate courses at FAU on Introduction to Real Estate Markets and Urban Planning Policy. He also coordinated an MBA program at FUPAM (a foundation supporting FAU), on real estate development.

More recently, after his retirement, Emilio coordinated a project on the real estate market in Paraisópolis, one of the largest favelas (slums) in São Paulo city.

A first moment enthusiast of LARES, Prof. Haddad was present on its activities since its out birth, in 1998. He participated on all LARES conferences since then, presenting papers, coordinating panels, helping in prize awarding, always supporting and stimulating students and fellow professors to join in. He represented LARES in many meetings of the sister societies and of IRES. He presided LARES on 2005 and was awarded with IRES service award in 2010.

His good humor, intelligence and positive attitude towards life will remain in the memories of all those who had the opportunity of having him as a friend and colleague. He will be sorely missed and we would like to remind him through some of our best images.

On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors,

Dr. Karen M. Gibler, IRES Executive Director

Dr. Francois Viruly, IRES President

GWIRE 2022 – Video of Resilient Real Estate Presentation posted

In this session, our speaker will explore collaborative pathways to anticipating and responding to shocks and stresses that threaten the resilience of real estate and its practice.

Keynote Speaker: Basirat Ashabi Oyalowo, University of Lagos

Basirat Oyalowo is a senior lecturer/researcher in the Department of Estate Management at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She consulted on the preparation of the Lagos Resilience Strategy, and thereafter co-produced a community resilience action plan. Her current research focusses on life-cycle financing for neighbourhood resilience. She also manages UNILAG’s Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development.

Watch video here


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. (news story)