Urban Land Institute

Non-profit Organization Providing Education and Leadership in the Responsible Use of Land

The Urban Land Institute, or ULI, is an education and non-profit organization with offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and London. Its stated mission is "to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide." ULI advocates progressive development, conducting research and education in topics such as sustainability, smart growth, compact development, place making, and workforce housing.

The ULI was founded in 1936 and currently has over 33,000 members. More than 20% of the members work in government, academia, or public-private partnerships. Most of the rest are involved in the real estate and urban development industries.

The organization makes several awards annually, including the ULI Awards for Excellence, the ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, the J. C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, the Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award, and the ULI-Kenneth M. Good Graduate Student Fellowship.

ULI also maintains a well respected Advisory Services program that provides government, businesses and non-profits with strategic advice on real estate development and urban policy issues. ULIís Advisory Services program brings together experienced real estate and land use professionals to develop innovative solutions for complex land use and real estate development projects, programs, and policies.

Since 1947, over 500 panels have helped sponsors find creative, practical solutions for issues such as downtown redevelopment, land management, development potential, growth management, community revitalization, brownfields redevelopment, military base reuse, workforce and affordable housing, and asset management.

Panels have also provided expert and objective advice in the wake of natural and man-made disasters such as hurricanes,flood, infrastructure failures and tornados and acts of terrorism.


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Awards and Competitions

ULI Award for Excellence

ULI Awards for Excellence define the standard for real estate development practice worldwide. Founded in 1978, the awards program is the centerpiece of ULIís efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

The ULI Awards for Excellence honor development projects in three regions: the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Each region has its own jury, schedule, and fees.

2009 ULI Award for Excellence Asia Pacific Region 2009 ULI Award for Excellence for Europa, Asien og Afrika

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2008 Global Awards for Excellence

    Adidas Village (Portland, Oregon)
    National Ballet School of Canada/Radio City (Toronto, Canada)
    Kraanspoor (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    Beijing Finance Street (Beijing, China)
    Tokyo Midtown (Tokyo, Japan)

ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition

2008 Winning Team - University of Pennsylvania (Shachi Pandey, Tiffany Marston, Yunjia Wang, Wei Wang, David Anderson)2007 Winning Team - University of California Berkeley (Christopher Lollini, Andrea Gaffney, Brooke Ray Smith, Aditi Rao, Robert McCracken)
2006 Winning Team - Harvard University (Thomas Hussey, Christina Cambruzzi, Oliver Corlette, Patrick Curran, Tyler Meyr)

J.C. Nichols Prize

    2008 Winner - Bart Harvey and Enterprise
    2007 Winner - Sir Stuart Lipton
    2006 Winner - Peter Calthorpe

The Terwilliger Center

The Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing is a project of the Urban Land Institute made to increase production of affordable rate, workforce housing for people living near centers of employment.

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