Nineteen extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence competition, which is widely recognized as one of the real estate industry’s most prestigious award programs. This year’s finalists include 14 in North America, four in Asia, and one in Europe.

Winners will be recognized during the 2019 ULI Fall Meeting, which will be held September 18–21 in Washington, D.C., and will be profiled in the fall issue of Urban Land. The finalists (with the names of the developers and designers listed in parentheses) are as follows:

  • 150 North Riverside, Chicago, Illinois (developer: Riverside Investment and Development; designer: Goettsch Partners).
  • 1800 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (developers: Liberty Property Trust/Liberty Property 18th & Arch LP, Comcast Corporation; designers: Foster and Partners, Kendall/Heaton Associates).
  • Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan and Phase I Site Development, New York, New York (developers: Forest City Ratner Corporation; Hudson Companies; Related Companies; U3 Advisors; Cornell University; New York City Economic Development Corporation; designers: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; James Corner Field Operations; consultants: Karen Backus & Associates; Sirefman Ventures; Tishman Construction; AKF / In-Posse; Robert Silman; Philip Habib & Associates (PHA); Two Twelve; Fried Frank; Jaros, Baum & Bolles; DeSimone Engineers; Cerami & Associates; Pentagram; Gleeds; Langan Engineering; RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists; Brandston Partnership).
  • Empire Stores, Brooklyn, New York (developers: Midtown Equities, HK Organization, Rockwood Capital; designers: S9 ARCHITECTURE, STUDIO V ARCHITECTURE).
  • Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (developers: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, City of Pittsburgh; designer: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson).
  • Gathering Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma (developer: George Kaiser Family Foundation; designers: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects).
  • Guoco Tower, Singapore (developer: TPC Commercial Pte. Ltd.; designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill).
  • H Queens, Hong Kong (developer: Henderson Development Agency Limited; designer: CL3 Architects).
  • Ink Block, Boston, Massachusetts (developer: National Development; designers: Elkus Manfredi Architects, Copley Wolff Design Group, Landing Studio).
  • International Market Place, Honolulu, Hawaii (developer: Taubman Centers; designers: 505 Design, JPRA Architects, WCIT architects, HLB Lighting, Walters, Kimura, Motoda, BKBC Architects).
  • Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), Shanghai, China (developer: Shui On Land; designers: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Palmer & Turner, Atkins, Charpentier Architecture Design, Terry Farrell & Partners, Tongji Design Institute, BWSS, Gensler, Tianhua, Leigh & Orange, Hassell, 3XN, AECOM, EMBT).
  • Lingnan Tiandi (LNTD) Lot 1, Foshan, Guangdong, China (developer: Shui On Land; designers: Ben Wood Studio Shanghai, Skidmore Owings & Merrill).
  • Moscow Street Program, Moscow, Russia (developer: Department of Overhaul of the City of Moscow; designers: Strelka KB, Djao-Rakitine, Snøhetta, West 8, Topotek 1, Martha Schwartz Partners, OKRA, Karres + Brands).
  • Pier 17 at the Seaport District, New York, New York (developer: the Howard Hughes Corporation; designer: SHoP Architects).
  • Renaissance Downtown Lofts, Denver, Colorado (developers: the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, and subsidiaries Renaissance Housing Development Coporation and Downtown Lofts Housing Corporation; designers: Christopher Carvell Architects, FCI Constructors, Prescient, Group 14 Engineering).
  • The Mark, Seattle, Washington (developers: Daniels Real Estate, Stockbridge Real Estate; designers: ZGF Architects, Phillippe Starck, Ron Wright & Associates).
  • The Scioto Peninsula Cultural District, Columbus, Ohio (developers: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation; designers: MKSK, Jerome Scott Architects, Allied Works Architecture, the Olin Studio, Ralph Appelbaum Associates).
  • The Wharf Phase I, Washington, D.C. (developers: Hoffman-Madison Waterfront: PN Hoffman, Madison Marquette, ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development, Triden Development Group; designers: Perkins Eastman, Studio MB, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Fox Architects, Rockwell Group, BBG-BBGM, Handel Architects, WDG, Cunningham Quill, SmithGroup JJR, MTFA, SK&I, Landscape Architecture Bureau, Lee and Associates, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Parker Rodriguez, ZGF, Moffat & Nichol, RicheyWorks).

The finalists were selected by a jury made up of ULI members representing a multidisciplinary collection of real estate development expertise, including finance, land planning, development, public affairs, design, and other professional services.

“What distinguished the 19 finalists is the way they have significantly improved the communities in which they are located,” said leading ULI member Jacinta McCann, jury chairman and design adviser to AECOM. “These projects have brought new life to these places and are creating a spillover effect in their cities. They are unlocking the public realm for use by residents and visitors in a way that hasn’t been available before. Through their long-lasting impact, they are demonstrating the best leadership globally in the responsible use of land.”

In addition to McCann, jury members are Stuart Ackerberg, chief executive officer, Ackerberg, Minneapolis; Amy Coburn, university architect/director of planning design and construction, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Antonio Fiol-Silva, founding principal, SITIO architecture + urbanism, Philadelphia; Michael Grove, chair of landscape architecture, civil engineering, and ecology principal, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Massachusetts; Blake Olafson, managing partner, Asia Capital Real Estate Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Gayle Starr, managing director, Prologis, San Francisco; and Becky Zimmermann, president, Design Workshop, Denver.

The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979 and subsequently expanded to a global program, recognizes real estate projects that achieve the highest standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. The program is viewed as the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

If you are a member of ULI and interested in getting involved in the awards program, please explore opportunities listed in Navigator.