Norm Miller, PhD, Named Recipient Of Ares’ Graaskamp Award

SAN DIEGO, April 20, 2015—The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC), within the School of Business Administration (SBA) at the University of San Diego (USD), announced today that Norm Miller, the Ernest W. Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance, was honored with the American Real Estate Society’s (ARES) Graaskamp Award for 2015. This award is decided by a vote of no less than two-thirds of the ARES Committee and recognizes “extraordinary iconoclastic thought and/or action throughout a person’s career in the development of a multi-disciplinary philosophy of real estate.” The award is not given out every year.

"The School of Business Administration is thrilled to learn that Norm Miller has received this real estate award,” says David Pyke, dean of the School of Business Administration. "Norm represents the high-caliber industry expert that the School of Business Administration is proud to have teaching our students—the future leaders of the real estate industry."

James A. Graaskamp was a legendary figure in real estate education. He was one of the first to discuss the concept of “affordable housing.” In the 1970s, he began to advocate for an environmental ethic in real estate proceedings, recognizing that development had considerable and nearly irreversible impacts on the land. He also believed in the need for a social component to real estate deals, appreciating that the rights of private and public property owners are inextricably linked. In 1982, Graaskamp was named a trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit education and research institute that promotes responsible land use. In 2004, James Graaskamp was one of ten “real estate legends” profiled in a ULI book called Leadership Legacies. Of the ten, Graaskamp was the sole academic. View more about the award and past recipients.

“I knew Graaskamp—he was an iconic professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,” says Miller. "Just before he died, he wrote a letter of support for my full professorship while I was at Cincinnati, so getting this award in his name is very meaningful for me.”

Miller joined the Burnham-Moores Center faculty in 2007. Before this, Miller was at the University of Cincinnati for many years where he was academic director and the founder of the real estate center. He received his PhD from the Ohio State University. Miller is active on the editorial boards of several journals and past president of the American Real Estate Society. He is the editor of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, which he founded in 2009. Miller’s book, Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment, is in its third edition and is the leading graduate-level textbook. He works extensively with various trade associations and is a sought-after speaker on commercial real estate and sustainability trends. He is a faculty member at the Homer Hoyt Institute, a nonprofit research and educational foundation dedicated to improving the quality of public and private real estate decisions.

About the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego, is committed to creating exceptional value for the real estate professionals of today and tomorrow through personalized education and career services, industry support, research, and the promotion of socially responsible leadership. As a part of the University’s School of Business Administration, the Center offers a Master of Science in Real Estate degree, an undergraduate major and minor in real estate, a continuing education certificate and several major industry conferences throughout the year. For more information, visit

About the American Real Estate Society
The American Real Estate Society (ARES), founded in 1985, is an association of real estate thought leaders. Members are drawn from academia and the profession at large, both in the United States and internationally. The Society is dedicated to producing and disseminating knowledge related to real estate decision making and the functioning of real estate markets.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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