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StappMark Stapp

Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate Director, Master of Real Estate Development program

Mark Stapp has participated in business enterprises and development projects for more than 30 years. He currently serves on the boards of Local Initiatives Support Corporation Phoenix (LISC), Valley of the Sun YMCA, and Valley Forward Association. He is currently co-chair of the Academic Research Committee of International Council of Shopping Centers, is a member of ICSC’s North American Research Task Force, and serves on the editorial board of the Homburg-Oxford University Press.

Stapp is also the managing member of the investment and development firm Pyramid Community Developers, LLC, and president of U.S. operations for the Swiss investment company Naef International Management since 1995. He has also served as chairman of the board of Taliesin Architects, Inc; as vice president of planning and development services for Lendrum Design Group; as managing director of Mountain West Research; and as senior vice president of The Ellman Companies.

Stapp completed his undergraduate work in environmental studies and urban design at William Paterson University, earned a master’s in urban economics and geography from Arizona State University, and was a member of the 2000 Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive and Professional Education program. In 2007, he received a Doctor of Humane Letters from A.T. Still University for his work in community sustainability, health, and wellness. In addition to his appointments within the W. P. Carey School, Stapp is a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. In 2011, he was named a Distinguished Fellow of National Association of Office and Industrial Properties.