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ULI Houston Development of Distinction Awards define the standard for excellence in the practice of real estate development in the Houston region. The Award recognizes developments that exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, community health, marketing and management.

The deadline for nominations is September 13, 2013. Late nominations will be accepted until Sept. 27, for an increased nomination fee.

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Award Eligibility Requirements

  • The project must be in stabilized operation and must be financially viable.
  • The project must achieve a high standard of excellence in all areas — design, construction, economics, positive impact on community health, marketing and management.
  • The project must demonstrate relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which it is located.
  • The project must be worthy of emulation.
  • The financial viability of programs and processes, such as growth management strategies and publicly guided development programs, will be based upon the soundness of the investment of public funds and the extent to which the fully-implemented program or process has transformed communities and neighborhoods.

Eligibility Requirements - Heritage Award

The Heritage Award honors developments and programs that have been completed for a minimum of 25 years, have stood the test of time, and meet all other Award criteria.The application must be designated as a Heritage Award entry by checking the Heritage Award Entry box at the top of the Nomination Form.


  • Leadership
  • Contribution to the community
  • Reflection of the special character of our region or the community in which the project is located
  • Innovation Public/private partnership
  • Environmental compatibility, sustainability and stewardship
  • Positive impact on community health
  • Responsiveness to societal needs
  • Financial success

Tips for Creating a Winning Submission:

  1. Nominate projects with an established track record. This award is not intended to help market a vacant or brand-new property.
  2. Include attractive photography of the project showing people interacting with it. Show special elements the judges should consider, such as landscaping that preserved mature trees, public spaces that encourage community interaction, positive impact on community health, special energy-conserving features, etc.
  3. Include third-party validation of your claims wherever possible. Testimonials and other endorsements are very helpful.
  4. Explain how this project has had a positive impact on its surroundings: How does it benefit the larger community? Has it started a trend that has been emulated by other developers? Did it make a positive impact on community health? Did it improve the image of an area enough to stimulate additional, high-quality development?
  5. Review past award-winners for inspiration.

Past Winners:

H-E-B Montrose Market
Houston Food Bank
Julia Ideson Building (Heritage)
Houston Parks & Recreation Dept. Headquarters / Gragg Building (Heritage)

CITYCENTRE, Midway Companies
Gulfgate Center, Wulfe & Co.
Mandolin Gardens Park, Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 230

Capitol Oaks, Lovett and InTownHomes
Children’s Museum of Houston
Brays Crossing*, New Hope Housing
Greenway Plaza, (Heritage Award), Crescent Real Estate Equities

*Americas Award Winner, ULI Awards for Excellence

Lake Plaza, Hermann Park Conservancy
One Park Place, The Finger Companies
Williams Tower, (Heritage Award), Hines

Canal Street Apartments, New Hope Housing *
Discovery Green, Discovery Green Conservancy #

*Finalist, ULI Awards for Excellence, Americas
# National Finalist, ULI Urban Open Space Award

Sabine Promenade, City of Houston*
Christ Church Cathedral Mixed Use Project, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

*Finalist, ULI Awards for Excellence, Americas

Questions about your nominaton? contact us at Houston@ULI.org