Joseph Brown, Chair – Global Jury
Chief Innovation Officer
Joseph Brown serves as Chief Innovation Officer for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees – including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals – serve clients in more than 140 countries around the world.
In this position, Mr. Brown leads enterprise focus on leveraging innovation and creativity as key aspects of the company. This includes strategically supporting AECOM’s Global Cities initiative – an institute that engages worldwide collaboration among engineering and design experts to produce forward-thinking solutions for the evolving roles of metropolitan regions. Mr. Brown also actively champions efforts around sustainability, serves as the committee chairman for AECOM’s brand steering committee and is deeply involved with driving enterprise processes to deliver inventive, turnkey solutions to large multi-national and global clients.
Mr. Brown has 30 years of experience as a planner and landscape architect, with particular emphasis on new community planning, urban planning and redevelopment, community revitalization, historic and cultural design, and issues confronting rapid-growth areas. Examples of his work include the new Tokyo Midtown mixed-use development in the city’s Roppongi neighborhood; the Suzhou Historic District Revitalization Plan in Suzhou, China; and the redevelopment of Denver’s Stapleton Airport site as urban community and parks. With others, he was responsible for a highly respected but controversial early New Orleans renewal strategy sponsored by the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Mr. Brown has been involved in the advancement of many notable projects. These include MeadWestvaco’s holdings in Charleston, South Carolina; TimberWest’s on Vancouver Island; and several projects for The St. Joe Company in West Florida. His other current projects include a comprehensive site and streetscape design for the New York World Trade Center district. Additionally, Mr. Brown’s urban design and landscape architectural expertise is frequently solicited by a multi-disciplinary team assisting the National Capital Planning Commission in preparing a long-range plan for Washington, D.C.’s Monumental core. He is also working with Frank Gehry, Eisenhower Memorial Commission and GSA on the Eisenhower Presidential Memorial.
Mr. Brown has been both author and subject of several articles published in Urban Land, Harvard Design Magazine, Metropolis, and Landscape Architecture. His commitment to sustainable and distinguished design and planning is evidenced by a wide variety of professional and teaching activities, including participating in panels, study groups, and studios around the world. He has lectured at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has led a number of design charrettes and seminars.
Nick Brooke, Chair – Asia Pacific Jury; Global Jury Member
ULI Asia Pacific
Nicholas Brooke who has lived in Hong Kong for the last 40 years is a Chartered Surveyor by profession and a Justice of the Peace (JP) and the Chairman of Professional Property Services Limited which is a specialist consultancy, based in Hong Kong, providing a selected range of advisory services across the Asia Pacific Region. He is a recognised authority on land administration and planning matters and is very much involved with a series of initiatives designed to improve the quality of life in Hong Kong and to enhance the built environment for the benefit of future generations. He has also participated in a number of major asset acquisitions and disposals, particularly in Asia and Europe and provided strategic advice to institutions and family offices looking to move into new markets.
In July 2018, Mr Brooke was elected as the Asia Pacific Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), of which he is also a Lifetime Trustee. ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
Mr. Brooke is also a keen advocate of the importance of innovation and technology here in Hong Kong and was closely involved with the establishment of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, joining the Board in May 2001 and leading the development of all three phases of Hong Kong Science Park until he stepped down as Chairman in June 2014. He also is the Principal Advisor to the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) which provides guidance to APEC and its 21 member economies on the priorities and projects to be pursued in responding to the challenges faced in the current rapidly changing world, largely in the fields of science, technology and innovation.
Mr. Brooke was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) on 1 July 2018 in recognition of his distinguished public and community service.
Ian Hawksworth, Chair – Europe Jury; Global Jury Member
Capital & Counties Properties, PLC
Michael Balaban, Americas Jury
J Street Companies
At J Street, Balaban is charged with joining the J Street team in
building and diversifying the firm’s development and investment business.
Balaban previously co-founded SB-Urban, a firm dedicated to Balaban’s “Urban Suites”, rental apartment communities consisting entirely of furnished studios, served by socially interactive shared living spaces, available for flexible lease terms. During Balaban’s term as President, the company and its affiliates acquired, entitled, and readied for construction three Urban Suites projects in ultra-prime infill locations in Washington DC: 92 units in the Stanford White-designed Patterson Mansion on Dupont Circle (delivering 2017); 125 units on historic Blagden Alley in Shaw (commencing construction 2017) and 142 units in the former Latham Hotel (sold above acquisition cost, pre-development).
Prior to forming SB-Urban, Balaban was associated since 1994 with LA-based Lowe Enterprises, a national advisory, investment, and development firm, managing its East Coast office in DC while serving as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. That team acquired and executed over $1 billion of projects in metro DC including: the re-development of the Air Rights Center in Bethesda, three office buildings totaling 720,000 square feet with ancillary retail; Chevy Chase Pavilion, a mixed use project including hotel, office, and retail on top of the Friendship Heights Metro; CityVista, a market-leading and trend-setting $250 million mixed-use project with apartments, condos, and an “urban Safeway” grocery store; and the 1,100-room Washington Hilton hotel for which entitlements were extensively revised to permit a 200-unit residential component, which delivered as the market-leading Hepburn in 2016. From 1988 to 1994 Balaban was the Acquisitions Officer for Washington REIT.
Prior to receiving his MBA from Wharton 1988, Balaban held positions as a practicing architect and development consultant in the Boston area, following his award in 1975 of a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was registered as an Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Balaban has a BA from Kenyon College.
Marty Jones, Chair – Americas Jury; Global Jury Member
Marty Jones is an urban real estate developer and economic development strategist. MLJ Insights provides vision, strategy, and solutions to economic development and real estate challenges. Its work focuses primarily on advising public sector and mission focused organizations.
She previously served as the President & CEO of MassDevelopment, Massachusetts’ quasi-public economic development authority with assets of $500 million and 175 employees. The Authority closed $20 billion in transactions on over 1600 projects during her tenure from May 2011 to July 2017. Through tax-exempt bonds, balance sheet lending and guarantees, and direct real estate acquisition and development, MassDevelopment’s investments created more than 80,000 jobs, built/renovated 12,000 housing units, and assisted private and non-profit entities employing over 650,000 people. In 2014 the Authority launched the Transformative Development Initiative, a comprehensive cross-sector strategy to leverage public and private investments and catalyze revitalization in 10 competitively selected Districts in the state’s older industrial cities.
Prior to MassDevelopment, Jones was president of Boston building, development, and property management company Corcoran Jennison managing staff and project teams for new developments focused on urban revitalization projects including mixed income communities, affordable housing, hotel, and commercial development. She also directed asset management for the company’s multifamily portfolios, chaired a joint venture between Corcoran Jennison and Beacon Communities developing HOPE VI communities, and directed all aspects of the Westminster Company, a North/South Carolina affiliate.
Max Barclay, Europe Jury
Head of Advisory
Amanda Burden, Americas Jury
Amanda M. Burden, FAICP, served as the New York City Planning Commissioner from 2002-2013.
As Commissioner, she spearheaded the largest planning effort in the city since 1961, initiating comprehensive rezoning plans for 124 neighborhoods – almost 40% of the city – and catalyzing significant new housing opportunities in diverse communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. A champion of design excellence, Ms. Burden emphasized community consensus-building to improve the city’s streetscape, reclaim the waterfront, and create dynamic public spaces including the East River Esplanade and the High Line.
Prior to her city appointment, Ms. Burden helped launch the Midtown Community Court in Times Square, acclaimed as a model of community-based justice in New York City. From 1983-1990, she served as Vice President for Planning and Design at the Battery Park City Authority, developing design guidelines for all buildings on the site and supervising the design of the Esplanade and 30 acres of parkland incorporated in the project.
Ms. Burden holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Pratt Institute. She was elected to serve on the Council for Foreign Relations in 2014.
Thomas Cody, Americas Jury
Robinson & Cole, LLP
Tom Cody concentrates his practice on land use and real estate matters, with particular emphasis on planning, zoning, and wetland permits and approvals. He counsels clients on regulatory strategies for complex land development projects, such as brownfields redevelopment, mixed-use development, and public-private projects. He appears regularly before planning, zoning, and wetland boards and commissions in Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.
Before attending law school, Mr. Cody worked for more than four years as a city planner in the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area, where he was responsible for zoning analysis and plan review for numerous large-scale development projects.
Mr. Cody currently serves on the Executive Committee and is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Riverfront Recapture, Inc., a non-profit working to reconnect the Hartford metropolitan area to the Connecticut River. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Planning and Zoning Section.
Mr. Cody received his J.D. from the College of William and Mary, where he was on the board of editors of the William and Mary Law Review. He earned his master’s degree in planning and community development from the University of Colorado at Denver. He received his B.A. in geography from Bucknell University.
Mark Fogle, Asia Pacific Jury
Managing Director/Head of Real Estate
Baring Private Equity Asia Pte. Ltd.
Siew Leng Fun, Asia Pacific Jury
Chief Urban Designer
Urban Redevelopment Authority
William Gilchrist, Americas Jury
Director of Planning & Building
City of Oakland
Richard Gollis, Global Jury
The Concord Group, LLC
Richard M. Gollis is a co-Founder and Principal of The Concord Group based in the Newport Beach office. The firm also has offices in San Francisco, New York and Atlanta.
As a founding partner, Richard has crafted and cultivated the firm’s unique approach to advisory services, integrating deep market knowledge with creative analytics to provide best-in-class solutions to a diverse range of clients.
Richard’s expertise in strategic market analysis, development programming, transaction due diligence and valuation extends across all real estate asset classes. With a career in real estate spanning New England, Atlanta and Southern California, Richard offers an exceptional breadth of experience that makes him a trusted advisor to private- and public-sector clients alike.
He works frequently with cities on solving complex development challenges in partnership with world-class developers and financial institutions.
Across the country, Richard has led TCG teams on projects that have positively influenced infrastructure and development patterns including: new redevelopment in the urban core; redevelopment of suburban retail to mixed use; transit-oriented nodes and corridor development plans. Respected as a thought leader in real estate, Richard is often quoted in major publications and he is frequently sought after as a speaker at key industry events.
Richard was elected a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute in 2012 and has been a Governor of the ULI Foundation since 2006. He is currently Chair of the Suburban Development and Redevelopment Product Council. Richard has served as Chair of the Community Development Council (two terms) and Juror for the Awards for Excellence and is Chair/Past Chair of the Orange County District Council.
Richard serves on the Advisory Board of Jamboree Housing Corporation, a leading community development organization specializing in affordable housing. In addition, he is on the Leadership Board of the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine.
A native of Boston, Richard is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in international relations.
Max Gould, Europe Jury
Gary Hack, Americas Jury
Dean and Professor Emeritus
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Gary Hack teaches, practices, and studies large-scale physical planning and urban design. He is the former dean of the School of Design, stepping down in 2008 after 12 years. Prior to coming to Penn, he was a professor of urban design at MIT, and a partner in the professional firm of Carr Lynch Hack and Sandell in Cambridge.
Earlier in his career, Professor Hack was head of planning for Gruen Associates in New York and directed the Canadian government’s housing and urban development research and demonstration programs. He oversaw several large neighborhood demonstration projects and the redevelopment of urban waterfronts in a number of Canadian cities. He has also served as an urban design consultant for projects in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, China and Saudi Arabia.
Professor Hack has served on the board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Planning Accreditation Board. He is a former chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, is a member of the board of the William Penn Foundation, and is active in civic affairs in Philadelphia.
Professor Hack has prepared plans for over thirty cities in the United States and abroad, including the redevelopment plan for the Prudential Center in Boston, the West Side Waterfront plan in New York City, and a Metropolitan Plan for Bangkok, Thailand. He has also worked with smaller communities on urban design issues by preparing downtown plans for Louisville Kentucky and Knoxville Tennessee, downtown development guidelines for the center of Portland, Maine; design review manuals for Hendersonville and Germantown, Tennessee; and guidelines for the development of the entrance corridors and downtown of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a member of the team that won the competition for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in New York, and drafted the urban design guidelines for the project.
His research includes studies of urban design successes in the US, published as Lessons from Local Experiences, and an international comparative study of urban development patterns, published as Global Regional Cities.
He is co-author of the third edition of Site Planning and Urban Design in the Global Perspective. Recently, with Eugenie L. Birch and others he edited the most recent edition of the ICMA Green Book, Local Planning, the standard introduction to the field. Professor Hack has also authored numerous articles and chapters on the spatial environment.
Kenneth Hughes, Americas Jury
Paul Husband, Asia Pacific Jury
Husband Retail Consulting, Ltd.
Hakan Kodal, Europe Jury
KREA Gayrimenkul/Real Estate
Hakan Kodal has been the Chairman of the Executive Board of Krea Real Estate since 2006. Krea Real Estate and management team have more than 15 years of real estate development and investment experience, and with the investments of the Bosphorus Real Estate Fund established by Merrill Lynch GPI and Krea Real Estate, the company has completed more than $ 1.5 billion worth of projects to date. At the same time, he undertook the Founding Chairman position of Turkey’s four leader professional associations in retail and real estate. These associations are the Council Of Shopping Centers – Turkey (AYD), The Association of Real Estate and Real Estate Investment Companies (GYODER), Istanbul Shopping Fest Organization and The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Turkey, respectively. Hakan Kodal was the General Manager of Yapı Kredi Koray Real Estate Investment Trust between 1997-2006. Prior to 1997, he held various positions in corporate finance and management consultancy at Garanti Investment Bank and at the Paris office of Coopers & Lybrand. Hakan Kodal holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Paris.
Karsten von Koeller, Europe Jury
Lone Star Germany
Christopher Kurz, Americas Jury
President and CEO
Linden Associates, Inc.
Christopher W. Kurz is President and CEO of Linden Associates, Inc., a Maryland real estate development . Previously, he was a Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of McGill Development Company, which grew into the fourth largest commercial real estate development company in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Kurz served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Co-Founder of Columbia Bancorp and The Columbia Bank that now is a billion dollar, publicly traded bank holding company. As a Principal at Alex Brown Real Estate Group, Inc. he acquired investments for pension fund clients. Other companies with which Kurz has been involved include J.G. Smithy Company, Maryland National Corporation, and the Rouse Company.
Kurz holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Trustee and governor of the Urban Land Institute.
S.C. Liu, Asia Pacific Jury
David Malmuth, Americas Jury
I.D.E.A. Partners, LLC
Prior to starting his own firm, David was the founder and a Managing Director for seven years with RCLCO’s Development Services Group. David drew upon his 25 years of experience in the development business, which included completion as principal developer of over $1 billion in high-profile projects, to assisting numerous clients in the planning and execution of mixed-use, entertainment, and waterfront developments.
Between 1996 and 2002, David was a Senior Vice-President at TrizecHahn Development Corporation. During his six-year tenure, he was the key project executive on Hollywood & Highland and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA (with architects Stan Eckstut and David Rockwell). During this same period, he initiated the development effort on Paseo Colorado in Pasadena, CA (also with Stan Eckstut).
Previous to his position at TrizecHahn, David was Vice-President/General Manager at Disney Development Company-West. During his nine years at The Walt Disney Company, he managed the development of over $200 million in projects including The Feature Animation Building in Burbank (with architect Robert Stern) and Disney Ice in Anaheim (with architect Frank Gehry).
From 1993 to 1996 he spearheaded Disney’s restoration of the New Amsterdam Theater in New York (with architect Hugh Hardy) and the highly acclaimed development of additional retail/entertainment business on New York’s famed 42nd Street.
Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company in 1988, David was a Vice-President at McCarthy Building Companies and was responsible for the start up of their successful Newport Beach, CA. office beginning in 1984.
Raj Menda, Europe Jury
Tomohisa Miyauchi, Asia Pacific Jury
CEO, Singapore Operation
A+U Publishing Pe. Ltd.
Luca de Ambrosis Ortigara, Europe Jury
Founder and Managing Partner
DEA Real Estate Advisor
Real Estate and fashion in his DNA, Luca has been a major player in the history of retail in Italy since 1989: manager and partner in Cushman&Wakefield, manager in Pirelli RE, head of start up and Managing Director in McArthurGlen and board member of Value Retail. In 2005 he and three other professionals founded Realty Partners, a strategic consulting agency in real estate. Among his achievements, Serravalle, the first outlet in Italy, Porta Nuova, and City Life (development and concepting). Luca was Chairman of Urban Land Institute Italy, pioneer member of Mapic Executive Committee, VP of Assoimmobililare and member of the EXPO Fiera Executive Committee.
Randall Rowe, Americas Jury
Green Courte Partners, LLP
Randy Rowe is Chairman of Green Courte Partners, LLC (“GCP”), a private equity real estate investment firm focused on niche real estate strategies. GCP currently has three active niche strategies: 1) near airport parking (“The Parking Spot”); 2) manufactured housing communities; and 3) active adult/independent living properties.
Previously Mr. Rowe was a co-founder and Chairman of Transwestern Investment Company, LLC and Chairman and Director of Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC. Mr. Rowe was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hometown America, LLC, a large owner of manufactured housing communities.
Mr. Rowe is a Trustee and former Global Chairman of the Urban Land Institute, an Emeritus Trustee of the Steppenwolf Theatre, and a member and former Chairman of the Real Estate Roundtable.
Mr. Rowe holds a BA from Denison University, a MBA from Harvard University and a JD from the University of Michigan.
John Slidell, Americas Jury
The Bozzuto Group
A cofounding owner of Bozzuto & Associates, Inc., Mr. Slidell has directed the company’s apartment development, homebuilding, and land acquisitions operations, leading to the creation of over 6,000 rental apartment units and 2,500 for sale homes. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the company.
Prior to the formation of Bozzuto in 1988, Mr. Slidell spent six years as a Vice President and Operating Partner for Oxford Development Company, where he was involved with development of over 7,100 apartment units in the Mid-Atlantic region. He was also a Partner with ZHA, a real estate consulting firm specializing in mixed use public/private partnership development and worked for the Mitchell Company developing The Woodlands community in Houston, Texas.
A graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Slidell earned a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina and served in Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is the immediate past Chair and current Governance Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Washington District Council, served as District Council Governance Counselor for ULI’s national organization, Chair of its Residential Development Council, and was a juror for ULI’s International Awards for Excellence program. Currently he is a Council Counselor for four of ULI’s national Product Councils.
Mr. Slidell is also a past Chair of the Severn School Board of Trustees and the Bethesda Cultural Alliance, a Life Director of both the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association and the non-profit Montgomery Housing Partnership, and currently serves on the Board of the Pen Mar Development Corporation.
Jiang Wu, Asia Pacific Jury
Becky Zimmermann, Americas Jury
Zimmermann is president of Design Workshop. She is involved in tourism, community, economic and marketing-related consulting. She is highly recognized for her work with resort communities including visitor services analysis, market definition, positioning and tourism planning; and in urban areas for brownfield redevelopment, development entitlements and real estate economics.
Zimmerman holds an MBA degree from the University of Colorado and bachelors degrees in Communication and Business Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Becky is a member of ULI, serving on the Recreation Development Council and she teaches Marketing of Real Estate classes for the ULI Real Estate School. She has also participated as a jurist for the ULI Global Awards for Excellence.