40under40card_Page_1Urban Land magazine is launching 40 Under 40, a celebration of the world’s top real estate and land use leaders and visionaries under the age of 40. Urban Land will draw upon the collective wisdom of ULI’s more than 30,000 members worldwide to identify individuals for this honor. The inaugural class of 40 Under 40 will be profiled in an upcoming issue of the magazine and recognized at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City.

ULI members—of any age—are encouraged to nominate candidates. Eligible candidates are those professionals under age 40 (as of June 1, 2014) who are distinguished by their talent, professional achievements, and unique leadership. Candidates need not be members of ULI. Members are encouraged to nominate young leaders in any of the land use disciplines represented by ULI, including design, development, finance, planning, landscape architecture, sustainability, public policy, transit, urban infrastructure, and academia.

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“Through 40 Under 40, we are celebrating young leaders from around the globe who are stars in the industry,” says ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “These individuals are doers with a fresh approach to community building for the 21st century. We are seeking innovators from the private and public sectors who distinguish themselves by their business acumen, their commitment to development that enhances the quality of life, and their vision for the future. Candidates for 40 Under 40 are entrepreneurs—professionals making advances in the field of real estate and land use that benefit society and create economic opportunities.

“I invite all ULI members to submit nominations and join us in recognizing great talent. It is our hope that the 40 Under 40 honorees will inspire others to join the industry, join ULI, and advance the ULI mission.”

The 40 Under 40 competition was announced at the Urban Land reception held during the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago. The reception was hosted by ULI full member Adrian Smith, one of the world’s leading designers of super-tall buildings and cofounder of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

The cocktail reception was held in the firm’s offices in the Chicago Loop, where attendees could view models of Smith’s most significant works, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Also on view were models of other super-tall structures that Smith designed while a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, including the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai; the Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China; and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago (which was featured on the cover of the September/October 2013 issue of Urban Land.)

More information—and nomination forms—are available at www.uli.org/40under40/. Nominations will be accepted through June 1.

Elizabeth Razzi is editor in chief of Urban Land.