About the Institute

The Kornblau Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University was established through the generosity of Sam Kornblau, a Richmond businessman and philanthropist. The Institute provides opportunities for scholars to produce impactful and high-quality research on commercial and residential real estate topics. 

We apply an interdisciplinary approach on issues such as land use, housing and commercial development. For each topic, we focus on the social, cultural and economic sides of the real estate business.

Our goal is to develop a network of researchers and a community of scholars who contribute to the body of knowledge in real estate and inform policymakers with scientific evidence.

The VCU Real Estate Program recently ranked No. 14 among U.S. universities based on the total number of pages published in the three top-tier, real estate-focused research publications – Real Estate EconomicsJournal of Real Estate Research and Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.