David Dale-Johnson

Executive Professor -SOR Real Estate, Alberta School of Business - Marketing, Business Economics and Law


Executive Professor -SOR Real Estate, Alberta School of Business - Marketing, Business Economics and Law
(780) 492-3423
4-30D Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
T6G 2R6



Professor David Dale-Johnson is Executive Professor and the Stan Melton Chair in Real Estate at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. An expert in urban development and real estate economics and finance, he has augmented his academic career with international consulting activities as well as a stint as an executive in the real estate business.

While Director of the Real Estate Program at the University of Southern California he held appointments in the Marshall School of Business and the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He has also taught at the Sauder School of Business at UBC, the University of California at Berkeley and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where he assisted in the development of real estate institutions in an emerging economy. He has developed and led international business and real estate programs in Central Europe, Latin America and Asia and executive programs for BOMA, USC and local governments including the City of Los Angeles. At USC, he co-founded, designed and was the lead instructor of an executive program in real estate development for non-profit and for profit developers in disadvantaged communities. At U of A, he is in the process of building a new program in real estate and urban economics at the Alberta School of Business.

Professor Dale-Johnson completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Business Administration at the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. An author of numerous academic articles and member of the editorial board academic journals in his field, he has consulted to numerous cities in Canada and the USA, HUD, USAID and private sector investors and developers. In industry, he was a senior executive with a real estate investment company and a restaurant subsidiary both with international activities. He has also provided expert testimony for disputes in the area of real estate economics and finance. He recently retired as chairman of the board and chairman of the building committee of an independent school in Vancouver where he had oversight of the design and construction of Phase 1 of a $35,000,000 expansion of the School. 


Research Interests

Research interests are in the application of economic theory and empirical methods to problems in the pricing of real estate assets with particular interest in real estate finance and development. Recent projects are in the areas of property rights with specific interest in land leases or land use rights and historic zone designation and the impact on property values.


Teaching Interests

  • Real Estate Finance and Investment
  • Urban and Real Estate Economics
  • Housing Economics
  • Real Estate Development
  • International Real Estate Markets