The ULI Awards, Honors, and Competition Program honors visionary leaders in land use who have made a transformational impact on cities; recognizes real estate development programs across sectors that exemplify excellence in architecture, design, planning, project finance, and execution; inspires the next generation of land use leaders through an ideas competition that encourages teamwork, creativity, and multidisciplinary approaches; and promotes projects and public sector initiatives that expand housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households. In FY 2016, the ULI Awards Program continued to showcase outstanding projects, people, and policies that serve as the foundation for thriving, sustainable communities.

Nichols Prize

Lord Richard Rogers speaks at the 2016 ULI Europe Conference in Paris.
Lord Richard Rogers speaks at the 2016 ULI Europe Conference in Paris.

The 2015 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development was awarded to Lord Richard Rogers, a British architect whose career reflects more than five decades of bringing a humanistic sensibility and an emphasis on quality of life to major urban design and development projects. Rogers’s legacy has been in developing a greater understanding of how people use private and public space, and in designing places that reflect the needs of ordinary people, according to Sir Stuart Lipton, a member of the Nichols Prize jury, a former Nichols Prize recipient, and a ULI global trustee.

A founding partner of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Rogers has been involved with designing more than 150 projects around the world that span different property types. From iconic cultural landmarks such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris and London’s Millennium Dome to private office developments such as the Lloyds of London building and 3 World Trade Center in New York City, Rogers’s body of work defies categorization.

Throughout his career, Rogers has advocated for sustainable approaches to development. In his Nichols Prize acceptance speech at the 2016 ULI Europe Conference in Paris, Rogers spoke on the need to build dense, compact cities to address social and economic inequality and climate change: “There are two problems tearing the world apart, and they are climate change and the gap between the rich and the poor,” he noted. “We need dense, mixed cities that open doors instead of close them.”

ULI Global Awards for Excellence

Denver Union Station
Denver Union Station.

In FY 2016, ten real estate projects throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region won the ULI Global Award for Excellence. These projects represent the highest achievement in current development trends and practices, including the following: mixed-use, transit-oriented development; public/private partnerships; adaptive use and preservation of historic assets; urban regeneration and neighborhood stabilization; and sustainable and resource-efficient approaches to day-to-day operations. The ten winning developments were as follows:

ULI Hines Student Competition

Harvard's "The Midtown Beat" team, winners of the 2016 ULI Hines Competition, pictured with Gerald Hines.
“The Midtown Beat” team from Harvard University, winners of the 2016 ULI Hines Competition, pictured with Gerald Hines.

A team from Harvard University won the 2016 ULI Hines Student Competition, which invites multidisciplinary graduate student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. The winning team was selected out of 130 teams, each composed of five students representing at least three disciplines. The FY 2016 competition challenged students to create a development proposal for a site in the Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta. The winning team’s proposal, “Midtown Beat,” capitalized on the district’s most defining “beats” of innovation, culture, and health. The jury commended the team for its excellence in presentation, outline of phasing, thoughtful redesign of a major route within the site, and a thorough overview of financial structuring.

ULI Urban Open Space Award

Winners of the 2015 Terwilliger Housing Awards pictured with J. Ronald Terwilliger.

FY 2016 closed a six-year cycle of the ULI Urban Open Space Awards, given to exemplary public parks and open spaces before the program was placed on a strategic hiatus. The award was given to two projects: Myriad Botanical Gardens, an urban botanical garden in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that underwent a $42 million overhaul, resulting in a vibrant, multiuse destination with eateries, performance spaces, and water features that attracts more than 1 million visitors per year; and Thousand Lantern Lake Park in the industrial city of Foshan, China, that represents an evolution toward people-centric urban design in China.

ULI Terwilliger Housing Awards 

In FY 2016, the ULI Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award was given to Charlesview Residences and Townhomes, a middle-income community in Boston developed by the Community Builders. The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority’s Small Multifamily Rental Development Strategy and the Palm Beach County Workforce Housing Program were joint recipients of the ULI Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award. Learn more about these awards in the ULI Terwilliger Center’s accomplishments.

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