Author: Patrick Phillips

Patrick L. Phillips is the Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Established in 1936, ULI is a global non-profit research and education organization with nearly 35,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Articles by Patrick Phillips

  • ULI Perspective on the State of the Union Address
    Published on January 30, 2014 in Sustainability
    ULI CEO Patrick Phillips comments on President Obama's State of the Union address, which touched on improving infrastructure and mitigating the impact of climate change, from a land use perspective.
  • CEO Perspective: The Impact of Doing
    Published on January 06, 2014 in Market Trends
    Every ULI Fall Meeting raises the bar for the next one, and our 2013 meeting in Chicago did just that—with more than 5,500 members and guests in attendance, record levels of sponsorship from the top companies in the industry, and three days of programming that included many standing-room-only sessions.
  • CEO Perspective: Our Work toward Building Healthy Places
    Published on September 15, 2013 in Sustainability
    This past August, the Washington Post reported on the exploding popularity of D.C.’s three-year-old Capital Bikeshare program, pointing out that bike docking stations throughout the city are having trouble meeting demand from both residents and visitors seeking to bike from one place to another.
  • CEO Perspective: A More Urban – and Urbane – Existence
    Published on July 15, 2013 in Market Trends
    ULI has long been known as a source of solid intelligence on demographic trends and their relationship to land use and development. The Institute also has a long history of supporting more compact, mixed-use development patterns that reduce the dependence on cars.
  • CEO Perspective: Taking Stock at Midyear
    Published on July 08, 2013 in Market Trends
    By many measurements, the recent 2013 ULI Spring Meeting was a major success—record-breaking attendance; content-rich sessions; news coverage from the largest-ever press contingent for our Spring Meeting; record-high sponsorships; and a succession of dynamic keynote speakers emphasizing the rewards of innovative business strategies.
  • CEO Perspective: From a Rendezvous in Paris
    Published on April 12, 2013 in Market Trends
    Each year, ULI’s impressive lineup of global meetings kicks off in Europe with our real estate investment and development conference, held in Paris during the winter. The 2013 event, held February 5 and 6, drew more than 500 industry leaders from 24 countries around the world—reflecting a steady increase in the geographic diversity of attendees since we started hosting the meeting 17 years ago.
  • CEO Perspective: The ULI Matrix
    Published on February 22, 2013 in Planning & Design
    ULI is starting the new year with an extraordinary expansion of our reach and influence on a global basis, an accomplishment made possible by your support of the Institute and your belief in our ability to make a positive difference.
  • CEO Perspective: A Message Following Hurricane Sandy
    Published on November 15, 2012 in News
    Several years ago, while I was with ERA, I participated in the preparation of a redevelopment plan for the beautiful harbor front in Hamilton, Bermuda. When our work was completed, someone raised the question: what about rising sea levels?
  • A Holistic Approach to City Building
    Published on October 01, 2012 in Market Trends
    Over the past year, an overarching theme at ULI events has been rethinking urban development for the 21st century to better meet the needs of cities grappling with myriad challenges resulting from rapid urbanization, population and demographic shifts, new economic drivers, and increasing environmental concerns. One of the most engaging and provocative discussions on this topic occurred at our Global Metropolitan Summit, cohosted this summer by ULI with the Citistates Group—a network of journalists, speakers, and civic leaders focused on building sustainable cities and metropolitan regions.
  • Engaging the World through Partnerships
    Published on September 05, 2012 in Sustainability
    Several partnerships ULI has established over the past several months—including those with the World Economic Forum (WEF), Aspen Institute, and Centre for Liveable Cities in ­Singapore—are presenting new opportunities for the Institute to think big, think ahead, and think beyond the norm.
  • Four Goals to Guide ULI
    Published on June 01, 2012 in Industry Sectors
    May was a busy month for the Urban Land Institute. Our global reach was showcased at high-profile, back-to-back meetings in the United States, Asia, and Europe—each with a different focus, but all addressing the Institute’s core goal of creating vibrant communities for the 21st century.
  • Benchmarks for Sustainability
    Published on April 24, 2012 in Sustainability
    In anticipation of the 2012 ULI Spring Meeting, "The Power to Lead, the Energy to Thrive," being hosted by Charlotte, North Carolina, May 8-10, ULI CEO Patrick Phillips discusses how market demand is driving the trend of making buildings' energy-performance data more visible. Phillips outlines how ULI is repositioning itself to be a smarter, more influential, and more effective organization through the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance.
  • MAP-21: A Step in the Right Direction for Transportation
    Published on March 19, 2012 in Infrastructure
    Patrick Phillips, chief executive officer of ULI, comments on the transporation legislation approved by the U.S. Senate on March 14 by a 74-22 vote, entitled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” or MAP-21. Phillips states that, while Senate bill 1813 proposes no significant additional funding, ULI is encouraged at the bi-partisan support for this bill, because it signals the importance of a strong transportation policy for America.
  • Think Globally, Act Locally
    Published on February 15, 2012 in Market Trends
    Against the backdrop of a relatively glum economic outlook for 2012, ULI is continuing to expand, offering its “multilocal” approach to create value for members and magnify the Institute’s beneficial impact.
  • Serving Those Who Follow
    Published on December 15, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    This year’s Fall Meeting in Los Angeles—which kicked off the institute’s 75th anniversary celebration—was particularly focused on the long-term future of the industry and ULI.
  • 9/11 and the Built Environment: What’s Different, What’s Not
    Published on September 06, 2011 in Market Trends
    Did 9/11 change the way we live? With the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks upon us, Patrick Phillips considers the answer to this question as he remembers ULI’s 2001 Fall Meeting, which was scheduled for Boston during the first week of October that year. Read what the Institute’s CEO has to say about that fateful meeting vis-à-vis Americans’ continuing migration back to downtowns.
  • Significant Advances
    Published on June 29, 2011 in Market Trends
    Under past chairman Jeremy Newsum’s leadership, ULI has rallied together, and, through the process of asking some tough questions, members have raised their collective view about what the Institute can accomplish. Read about three significant advances made at ULI during Newsum’s two-year tenure.
  • Creating Living Environments
    Published on June 08, 2011 in Market Trends
    The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, held in Seattle this year, is as thought provoking as it is fun, providing a chance to reflect in a broad sense on how the next generation of land use professionals will be planning, designing, and developing our cities. Find out which team won this year and learn about the approach it took to an inner-ring Seattle suburb.
  • Win the Future
    Published on April 19, 2011 in Market Trends
    While many markets and property sectors continue to struggle, there is a general feeling that the worst is over. This point in time—when the wind is no longer in our face, but not yet at our backs—might be considered our industry’s "Sputnik moment." Read what ULI Trustees state as the short-term priorities for ULI to ensure its relevance to members and reinforce its position as the global authority on responsible land use.
  • Video: Not Your Father’s Housing Market
    Published on March 30, 2011 in Industry Sectors
    Affordable workforce housing will play a key role in the post-recession economy, said ULI chief executive officer Patrick Phillips at a workforce housing forum hosted earlier this month in Orlando by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing. Listen to what Phillips sees as signs of life in the housing recovery and what the challenges are to providing the right mix of housing.
  • The Next 75 Years
    Published on January 04, 2011 in Market Trends
    The year 2011 marks 75 years of leadership in land use. But, while this is a milestone anniversary, it is a time to look forward to the next 75 years. Our decisions on what and where to develop will be guided not by a plentiful supply of land throughout urban regions, but by how best to use the land that is left. Dramatic changes are necessitating a major overhaul in what and where we build. Read about the forces of change that Patrick Phillips, CEO of ULI, sees now in place.
  • The Time for Leadership
    Published on December 17, 2010 in Market Trends
    Over a two-week period this fall, I had the opportunity to attend two ULI meetings, in two very different cities, with two equally different formats: a ULI Europe Leadership Retreat in Istanbul, Turkey, followed by the 2010 ULI Fall Meeting and Expo in Washington, D.C. The backdrop for the two meetings could not have been more different. Read about what they shared despite being such seemingly different events.
  • Development Evolves to Embrace Our Future
    Published on November 19, 2010 in Market Trends
    The year 2000 was the midpoint of two decades in which urban cores were being rebuilt as places to work and live. While this downtown growth has resulted in a remarkable shift in how we view our cities, it’s but one aspect of the evolution in urban growth that is going to intensify in the years ahead. Read what Patrick Phillips, chief executive officer of ULI, sees as the lessons we’ve learned and what forces of change are now in place for going forward.
  • Collaboration is Key
    Published on September 01, 2010 in Default Category
    The forces of decentralization remain far stronger than those of reconcentration, but this is common in politically fragmented regions like Greater Washington. As a result, financing to address the region's infrastructure needs in order to better serve residents and workers - on the outer edges as well as close in - remains the metro area's most formidable challenge.
  • A Force for Change
    Published on July 01, 2010 in Capital Markets
    The real estate industry has reached a pivot point, one at which land use is as much or more about the management and redevelopment of existing space as it is about new development. This emphasis on rebuilding and reusing the old and obsolete illustrates how the “use of land” cited in ULI’s mission encompasses existing buildings and what happens in them, how they are operated, and how they perform over time. Nowhere was this more apparent than at ULI’s recent forum on financing tools for energy-saving retrofits, held in New York City in early June.
  • Keeping at the Forefront of Leadership
    Published on May 01, 2010 in Development
    The retail real estate market currently suffers from an oversupply of space—the result of overbuilding before the financial crisis struck in 2008—plus a dearth of retailers now willing and able to fill space. Consumer spending is down for the foreseeable future as the buying public remains wary of returning to the days of large credit-card debt. While welllocated retail destinations may continue to thrive and maintain national retailers, plenty of others are going to keep losing tenants. In this environment, town centers and mixed-use centers may have an edge over their mall counterparts.
  • Tie Infrastructure to Land Use
    Published on March 01, 2010 in Planning & Design
    The future of cities could be considered the centerpiece of the Urban Land Institute’s entire program of work. How and where we will live and work and how we will get from one place to another in the decades ahead are issues that will shape urban growth patterns and change our approach to planning, design, and development.
  • Pass It On
    Published on January 01, 2010 in Market Trends
    As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, it’s clear that the land use industry globalization so prevalent during the past ten years will become even more expansive in the years ahead.