World’s Finest Become World’s Finalists For 2017 Global Awards for Excellence

Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence.

Recognised as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs, this year’s finalists include three located in Asia, two in Europe, and 20 in North America.

The finalists were selected by an international 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.

“Each of these finalists demonstrates a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and liveability of the communities in which they are located,” Global Awards Jury Chairman Wendy Rowden said.

“The attention paid to project detail, flexible design, and neighbourhood context were among the factors making these entries stand out. They represent the type of development that will withstand the tests of time and change.”

Azkuna Zentroa

Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

Developers: Bilbao City Council, Alhóndiga, Center of Ocio y Cultura, Bilbao Ría

Designer: Philippe Starck

Ballpark Village

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Developer: The Cordish Companies

Designer: Design Collective, Jeffrey Beers International

Brickell City Centre

Miami, Florida, United States

Developer: Swire Properties Inc.

Designer: Arquitectonica

Buffalo Bayou Park

Houston, Texas, United States

Developer: Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Designer: SWA Group, Page

Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Developers: City of Chicago, Department of Transportation

Designers: Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki, Alfred Benesch & Company, Jacobs/Ryan Associates and Collins Engineers

Downtown Allentown Revitalisation District

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

Developers: Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, Hammes Company, City Center Investment Corp. et al.

Designers: Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects, Elkus – Manfredi Architects, et al.

Emeryville Center of Community Life

Emeryville, California, United States

Developers: Turner Construction Company, Andrew Pitts, Swinerton Management & Consulting

Designers: Nexus Partners, DSK Architects, Mark Seiberlich Concordia, Steven Bingler, MKThink, Steve Kelley

Half Moon Village

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

Developer: MidPen Housing Corp.

Designer: Herman Coliver Locus Architecture

Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City

Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Developer: Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Designer: ZGF Architects LLP

Marine Gateway

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Developer: PCI Developments Corp.

Designer: Perkins+Will


Stuttgart, Germany

Developers: ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG, STRABAG Real Estate GmbH, Projektgesellschaften der Bayerische Hausbau

Designers: RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky Architektur + Städtebau, in cooperation with ECE architects

Milwaukee RiverWalk

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Developers: The Milwaukee RiverWalk District, Inc., The Mandel Group, Business Improvement District No. 2 , The Brewery Works, Inc. et al

Designers: KenKay Associates, Mary Miss, Engberg Anderson Architects, et al.

Modera Lofts

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

Developer: Mill Creek Residential

Designers: Minno & Wasko Architects, Cube 3, Melillo & Bauer

Oasia Hotel Downtown

Singapore, Singapore

Developer: Far East Organisation

Designer: WOHA

One Light Luxury Apartments

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Developer: The Cordish Companies

Designers: Humphreys & Partners Architects, Realm Architecture

Pearl, San Antonio

Texas, United States

Developer: Silver Ventures, Inc.

Designers: Lake Flato Architects, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, Don McDonald Architects, Sprinkle & Co. Architects, Ford Powell & Carson Architects, Jim Kissling Architecture, Dado Group, Clayton & Little Architecture

Plaza Towers

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Developer: Moen Group, LLC

Designer: Neumann Monson Architects

River Point

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Developer: Hines

Designer: Pickard Chilton

Santana Row

San Jose, California, United States

Developer: Federal Realty Investment Trust

Designers: Designers:  SB Architects, MBH Architects, 3DI/Parsons, Russell Davis Architects, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects, BAR Architects, SWA Group,  Studios Architecture, Ankrom Moisan, WRNS Studio

Seaholm Power Plant Re-Development

Austin, Texas, United States

Developer: Seaholm Power Development, LLC

Designers: STG Design, Clayton and Little Architects, TBG Partners

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai, Pudong, China

Developer: Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.

Designer: Gensler, SWA Group

The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground

Staten Island, New York, United States

Developer: NY School Construction Authority

Designer: Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP

University Center- The New School

New York, New York, United States

Developer: The Durst Organisation

Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


VIA 57 West

New York, New York, United States

Developer: The Durst Organisation

Designer: Bjarke Ingels Group

West Don Lands

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Master Developer: Waterfront Toronto

Developers: Urban Capital, DREAM Unlimited, Kilmer Group, Toronto Community Housing

Public Realm Designers: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., PFS Studio with The Planning Partnership and & Co., Claude Cormier & Associates, NAK Design Strategies

Architectural Design – River City: Saucier & Perrotte, ZAS Architects

Architectural Design – Canary District: architectsAlliance, KPMB Architects, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, Daoust Lestage, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Design/Builder – Canary District: EllisDon Inc., Ledcor Group

In addition to Rowden, the 2017 Global Awards for Excellence Jury members are Stuart Ackerberg, chief executive officer, Ackerberg Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Toni Alexander, president and creative director, InterCommunications, Inc., Newport Beach, California; Jeff Barber, principal and managing director, Gensler, Washington, D.C.; Ame M. Engelhart, director, Hong Kong Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Hong Kong; Michael Grove, principal, Sasaki, Shanghai;  Sophie Henley-Price, managing director, STUDIOS Architecture, Paris, France; Lynn Hoffman Carlton, regional director of planning, HOK, Kansas City, Missouri; Lance K. Josal, chief executive officer, Callison RTKL, Dallas, Texas; Roger G. Orf, partner, Apollo Management LLP, London; Alex J. Rose, senior vice president, Continental Development Corporation, El Segundo, California; and Rebecca Stone, managing principal, OZ Architecture, Denver, Colorado.

The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979 and subsequently expanded to a global program, recognises real estate projects that achieve the highest standard of excellence in innovative design, construction, economics, planning, and management. Open to the entire industry (not just ULI members), the awards program is viewed as the centre piece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

A group of winners chosen from the finalists will be announced in October at the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles.


Images courtesy Urban Land Institute. Further photo credits: José Miguel LLano, Michael Webber, Jonnu Singleton, SWA Group, Kate Joyce, Peter Gourniak, Bruce Damonte, Nikken Sekkei + ZGF Aerial, Dennis Raschke, The Milwaukee RiverWalk District, Inc., Scott Martin, Dale Can Doneslaar, Nick Ulivieri Photography, Casey Dunn Photography, Blackstation, Connie Zhou, James Ewing, Iwan Baan, Nicola Betts.

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