How to Nominate

Call for Nominations

ULI invites the submission of nominations for the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, honoring those who inspire great places. The annual $100,000 prize recognizes 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.

Anyone can submit a nomination at any time and nominations are kept in strict confidence. Not all nominations received will be considered by the jury.

Nominees are not limited to a specific discipline and may include developers, public officials, academics, writers, journalists, researchers, 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.

The jury considers their major professional accomplishments; contributions to the field of community building; visionary standards of excellence in land use and development; innovative processes, techniques, and strategies that have encouraged the highest-quality development practices and policies at the global, national, or local level; personal character; and commitment to diversity of land use, design mobility, lifestyle, population, culture, ethical, and social issues.

Please address nominations to the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize jury, and include a letter stating the reasons the jury should consider this individual for the award and any relevant support materials. ULI Members can submit via Navigator. Non-members can submit via

The Urban Land Institute invites the submission of nominations for multiple years in an ongoing manner. After the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting, ULI will announce the deadline for submissions for the 2019 prize.

The Urban Land Institute is a 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 members in 95 countries worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service.