ULI Houston News

Announcing Finalists


Marks 10 years honoring Houston’s exemplary real estate projects

National jury to tour and select winners among the eight finalists in the
for-profit, not-for-profit, and urban open space categories

HOUSTON – October 25, 2016 – The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI-Houston) announced the finalists for the 2017 Development of Distinction Awards marking ten years of the exemplary awards program in Houston. The prestigious award recognizes developments and public open spaces that demonstrate best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management and is modeled after the national Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence and Urban Open Space Awards.
Houston District Council Board Chair Bill Odle, said “An extraordinary field of projects were put forward this year and reinforces that Houston continues to deliver some of our market’s most interesting work. Furthermore, it is quite compelling to look back at ten years of developments recognized by Urban Land Institute as each finalist and winner has delivered on their vision, resilience, and set the standard for our world-class city.”

There are three finalists in the for-profit category, three finalists in the not-for-profit category and two finalists in the urban open space category which debuted last year.


In the for-profit category:


FMC Technologies Campus at Generation Park, by Trammell Crow Company

Southwestern Energy, by Patrinely Group

Town Centre Development, by Moody Rambin


In the not-for-profit category:


The Boys and Girls Club – Richmond-Rosenberg, by The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston

MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, by Jewett Consulting

Houston Zoo: Gorillas of the African Forest, by Houston Zoo


In the urban open space category:

Buffalo Bayou Park, by Buffalo Bayou Partnership

McGovern Centennial Gardens, by Hermann Park Conservancy


See a full list of Development of Distinction finalists and winners since 2008.

A jury of three national real estate experts will travel to Houston to tour all finalists’ projects on Nov. 2-3, 2016, to select the 2017 Development of Distinction winners. The jury includes:

Ed McKinney is interim planning director for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina;

Robert L. Morgan is development director for Greystar Real Estate Partners in Charleston, SC;

Kim Wilson is an architecture professor and director of the Landscape Architecture Program at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Finalists were selected by a nomination panel of Houston real estate leaders that included Alan Bauer, Newland Communities; Joy Horak-Brown, New Hope Housing, Inc.; Doug Childers, HKS Architects; Anne Culver, Scenic Houston; Paul Dodd, BGE, Inc.; Anthony Marré, Wilson Cribbs + Goren; and Ed Page, Streetwise Retail Advisors.

Finalists and winners will be honored on Jan. 24, 2017 at a gala awards dinner at the Rice Crystal Ballroom.

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About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research Institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 40,000 members representing all aspects of land use. The Houston District Council is ULI at the local level, facilitating the exchange of ideas and the transmission of ULI best practices. ULI Houston has nearly 1,000 members, who come together at educational programs and other events to share experiences and learn from each other.

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