ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

Nominations for the 2020 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development have closed.

Honoring Visionaries Who Inspire Great Places

JC Nichols entering the JC Nichols Company Building
J.C. Nichols, 1933

The ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development recognizes an individual, or a person representing an institution, who has made a distinguished contribution to community building globally, who has established visionary standards of excellence in the land use and development field, and whose commitment to creating the highest quality built environment has led to the betterment of our society.

The $100,000 prize honors the legacy of legendary Kansas City, Missouri, developer Jesse Clyde Nichols (1880−1950), a founding ULI member who is widely regarded as one of America’s most influential entrepreneurs in land use during the first half of the 20th century.

History of the Nichols Prize

The Nichols Prize, endowed by the family of J.C. Nichols, honors the legacy of the legendary Kansas City, Missouri, developer. A founding ULI member, J.C. Nichols is widely regarded as one of America’s most influential entrepreneurs in land use during the first half of the 1900s.

Nichols pioneered the development of sustainable, mass-market residential neighborhoods built for permanence, and automobile-oriented shopping centers. The Country Club District, a model residential community; Country Club Plaza, a 77-year-old shopping center and multiuse development; and numerous well-preserved suburban communities south of downtown Kansas City attest to his enduring legacy in that city.

Vincent Scully, 2003 Nichols Prize laureate, said of J.C. Nichols, “There is no one involved with the American city who does not owe J.C. Nichols a debt for his vision and method in the planning and development of residential communities. His example has helped this generation to take on that basic program intelligently once again.”

J.C. Nichols’s America: The Suburban World of The Community Builders Handbook
Essay by Robert Fishman (Originally published with occasion of the J.C. Nichols Forum celebrated in Kansas City, Missouri, September 2016)

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