Dr. Joshua Harris serves as the Vice President of Strategy for Skanska USA Commercial Development, a leading developer of high-rise office, multifamily, and mixed-used projects in urban cores nationwide. Dr. Harris serves as an advisor to the Senior Leadership Team and acts as the head of strategy and research coordinating all business planning, market analysis, and research initiatives. Prior to joining Skanska, Dr. Harris served as a Managing Partner with the Lakemont Group, a boutique real estate and economic consultancy with offices in Orlando and New York. Dr. Harris primary areas of expertise include economic development, market research, expert testimony, and financial/project consulting. His prior clients included national real estate developers, real estate investment trusts, private equity firms, law firms, and hospitality institutions as well as local governments and real estate companies.
Dr. Harris remains active in academia as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Real Estate in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York. Before joining Skanska, Dr. Harris served as the Academic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Real Estate at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and prior to joining NYU, he served as the Director of the Dr. P. Phillips Institute for Research and Education in Real Estate at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Harris has taught real estate and finance courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Harris holds a Ph. D. in Finance from the University of Central Florida with a research emphasis in institutional real estate and capital markets. Dr. Harris holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA), has been named an Honorary Kentucky Colonel, a NAIOP Research Foundation Distinguished Fellow, a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), received a gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board, and was the recipient of the 2020 Practitioner-Scholar Award from the American Real Estate Society. Dr. Harris has been routinely called on as an expert witness and for media interviews in the field of real estate, finance, and economics.