Awards & Competitions

2020 ULI Awards Overview

For decades, the Urban Land Institute has set the standard in recognizing outstanding real estate development projects, related programs, and visionaries in urban development. ULI’s awards programs are highly selective and provide a prestigious reference for professionals involved in the built environment. Winners and finalists benefit from worldwide recognition among influential leaders in fields related to real estate and urban development.

ULI recognizes a wide range of project types, sizes, and initiatives in its award programs—from housing to commercial and mixed-use development and new communities, from open spaces to policy initiatives, and both profit and nonprofit.

Projects are judged by teams of experts tailored to the requirements of each awards program. These multidisciplinary groups of experts typically include developers, planners, architects, public officials, community representatives, and other professionals as required by the award criteria.


ULI Urban Open Space Award
Celebrating and promoting vibrant urban open spaces that enrich and revitalize communities.

ULI Global Awards for Excellence
Recognizing best practices and outstanding development projects in the built environment.

ULI Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards
Recognizing exemplary developments that meet affordable and workforce housing needs in the local community.

ULI Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards
Recognizing innovative state and local policy initiatives that provide ongoing and sustainable support for affordable and workforce housing.


ULI Hines Student Competition
An urban design and development competition that challenges students to collaborate across disciplines and imagine a better built environment.


ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
Recognizing an individual whose own work, or work on behalf of an institution, has made a distinguished contribution to community building and who is committed to a built environment of the highest quality, anywhere in the world.

ULI Apgar Urban Land Awards
Recognizing authors whose articles in Urban Land magazine best contribute to ULI’s mission and priorities, encouraging contributions from young professionals and active practitioners.

ULI Robert M. O’Donnell Award
Presented for outstanding contribution by a ULI member to the success of ULI’s Advisory Services Program.

Please note that several ULI District Councils manage a variety of award programs at the local level. Questions or comments regarding any of these specific programs are best directed to the specific ULI District Council responsible for them.



ULI Main Phone: 202-624-7000

Paul Bernard
Executive Vice President

Gretchen Sweeney
Senior Director, Awards

Rosie Hepner
Director, Terwilliger Center for Housing

Sarah Kraatz
Associate, Awards & Advisory Services

For information about the ULI Hines competition:

For information about the Kemp and Larson awards:

For all other awards:


Pollman Fellowship in Real Estate and Urban Development
Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Fellowship Year

Established in 2002 through the generous gift of Harold A. Pollman, the Pollman Fellowship in Real Estate and Urban Development is given to outstanding postdoctoral graduates in real estate, urban planning, and development to spend one year in residence as a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Applicants in the fields of economic development, political economy, urban economics, and other areas in urban planning related to real estate and urban development are also encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral candidates for the Pollman Fellowship should either have received their doctorate or have submitted their dissertation for final awarding of the degree. The fellowship award is $30,000, plus medical benefits, and is to be used towards living and research expenses. While at Harvard, the fellow may audit courses and may seek to supplement the fellowship with teaching and research assignments. The fellow is expected to produce at least one publishable paper in a refereed journal, to participate in research workshops, and to contribute to the life of the School.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2020.

Interested applicants should send a short statement of their current and proposed research, as well as a copy of their resume, by email to:
Francesco Buccella
Executive Coordinator
Department of Urban Planning and Design
Harvard University Graduate School of Design