Urban Land Institute Names 2015 Global Awards for Excellence Winners

LONDON (October 6, 2015)—Ten real estate developments have been selected as winners of  the 2015 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programmes.  This year’s winners—three in Europe, five in North America, and two in Asia—were honoured today at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

The awards competition, now in its 37th year, recognises real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management.  The programme, open to all and not limited to ULI members, is viewed as the centrepiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

“Each of this year’s finalists and winners demonstrate how innovation and design intersect with development performance,” said jury chair Michael Covarrubias, chairman and chief executive officer of TMG Partners in San Francisco, California. “The diversity of these projects is a reflection of the land use industry’s interdisciplinary nature, illustrating the variety of ways to stabilise a neighbourhood, improve the streetscape, and create meaningful experiences for communities worldwide.”

The winners (developers and designers in brackets) are:

  • 12th Avenue Arts, Seattle, Washington, United States (Developer: Capitol Hill Housing; Designer: SMR Architects)
  • Beaugrenelle, Paris, Ile de France, France (Developers: APSYS, SemPariSeine; Designer: Valode & Pistre Architects)
  • City Market at O, Washington DC, United States (Developer: Roadside Development; Designer: Shalom Baranes Associates, Cecconi Simone, Perkins Eastman, and JCA Architects)
  • Denver Union Station, Denver, Colorado, United States (Developer: Union Station Neighborhood Company (an equal partnership between East West Partners and Continuum Partners), Trammell Crow Company, and Union Station Alliance; Designer: AECOM,  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Hargreaves Associates)
  • Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States (Developer: Devon World Headquarters LLC; Designer: Pickard Chilton)
  • Jing An Kerry Centre, Puxi District, Shanghai, China (Developer: Kerry Properties; Designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates)
  • King’s Cross Station, London, United Kingdom (Developer: Network Rail; Designers: McAslan & Partners)
  • Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China (Developer: Swire Properties & Sino-Ocean Land; Designer: The Oval partnership Ltd)
  • Joseph’s Campus, Oakland, California, United States (Developer: BRIDGE Housing Corporation; Designer: Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP)
  • Swedbank Headquarters, Sundbyberg, Stockholm, Sweden (Developer: Humlegården Fastigheter AB; Designer: 3XN)

The Awards for Excellence program is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognised and rewarded. ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence recognise the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnerships, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability. Throughout the programme’s history, all types of projects have been recognised for their excellence, including office, residential, recreational, urban/mixed use, industrial/office park, commercial/retail, new community, rehabilitation, and public projects and programmes.

In addition to jury chairman Covarrubias, other 2015 awards jury members include: jury vice chair M. Leanne Lachman, president, Lachman Associates, New York, New York; Terrall Vern Budge, principal, Loci, Salt Lake City, Utah; Dr. Sujata S. Govada, managing director, UDP International, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Jason Hellendrung, principal, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Massachusetts; Sophie Henley-Price, managing director, STUDIOS, Paris, France; Lance K. Josal, chief executive officer, Callison RTKL, Dallas, Texas; Jeff Kingsbury, managing principal, Greenstreet Ltd., Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacinta McCann, executive vice president, AECOM, San Francisco, California; Steve Navarro, executive vice president, CBRE, Greenville, South Carolina; and Trini M. Rodriguez, principal, ParkerRodriguez Inc., Alexandria, Virginia.

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: High resolution photos of the 2015 ULI Global Awards for Excellence winners will be made available to credentialed members of the press upon request. For more information about ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence program and previous winners, visit the Global Awards for Excellence page.

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 36,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.