How to Nominate


Nominations for the 2019 Prize Laureate are due by 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 8, 2019.

ULI welcomes nominations annually. Anyone may submit a nomination at any time and ULI keeps all nominations in strict confidence.


To nominate, please: a) address your nomination to the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize Jury, b) include a letter stating the reasons that the individual or organization you are nominating should win the prize, and c) include any relevant support materials.

Email nominations to ULI Members also can submit via Navigator. 


The ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development is designed to honor impactful innovation and leadership in real estate development practices and to inspire future developers and planners to achieve higher levels of excellence in addressing societal needs. The Prize is given annually to a living person, or that person and his or her organization, whose work meets the following three criteria:

  • It is based on a strong and innovative vision for a more livable, sustainable and enduring urban community.
  • It has been substantially implemented.
  • It has had an exceptional impact on the immediate communities it serves and promises to significantly guide future land development practices.

In assessing how well candidates meet the criteria, jurors consider the following questions:

  1. Vision
    • How are they visionary?
    • In what ways have they provided leadership in originating process or advancing their vision of a better future?
    • Does their work help ULI members and others prepare for a changing future?
    • Does their work inspire ULI members and others to prepare for a changing world?
  2. Implementation
    • Is there a substantial production of the work, whether in the form of development, policies, books, conferences, prizes, publications and community engagement?
    • Does the work demonstrate a record of superior quality and permanence?
  3. Impact
    • Has the success of the work transcended itself (i.e. the individual project, practice, or policy), and inspired others?
    • What innovations have they introduced and how have they raised the bar on socially and environmentally responsible development?
    • Have they taken unique risks to enhance the overall quality of life in communities? And if so, what are the implications of these risks?

Nominees are not limited to a specific discipline and may include developers, public officials, academics, writers, journalists, researchers, artists, urban planners, and architects, among others. The prize may be awarded to a group of individuals representing one body of work and cannot be awarded posthumously.