The Jury

Members of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize Jury represent several facets of development expertise, including finance, architecture, land planning and development, public affairs, design, and professional services.

Jury members typically rotate through a three-year service period, which guarantees a diverse and different jury each cycle with new points of view and experiences that reflect the broad expertise of the membership.

2019 Jury

Michael Spies, Jury Chair
Senior Managing Director
Innovation; India and New Markets;
Chair of Investment Committee, Tishman Speyer
New York City, New York, USA

Mr. Spies joined Tishman Speyer in 1989, and over 25 years led the establishment of Tishman Speyer’s European business from bases in Berlin and London, before recently returning to New York. He is leading several new global innovation initiatives while supervising the Indian operations and early stage efforts in new markets. He chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the firm’s Management and Compensation Committees. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, he was Executive Vice President of the Public Development Corporation, which was the City of New York’s lead economic development agency. Mr. Spies is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute, former chair of the ULI European Charitable Trust, and former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American School in London. He is also a member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Cambridge University Land Economy Advisory Board. Mr. Spies graduated cum laude from Princeton University and from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with an MA in city and regional planning.

Maurice Cox
Director, Planning and Development Department (PDD), City of Detroit
Detroit, MI, USA

Mayor Mike Duggan selected Cox from among several national finalists to reorganize and lead the City’s Planning Department in 2015.  Cox, an urban designer, architectural educator and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, VA, left a tenured position with Tulane University in New Orleans to accept the Detroit position. An outspoken advocate of neighborhood development, Cox told a Detroit audience at the Museum of Contemporary Art in February that he feels a responsibility “to ensure the Detroiters who stuck it out in the hard times now share in the city’s growing prosperity.” Cox has taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His experience merging architecture, politics and design education led to his being named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company Business Magazine. He served as Design Director of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2007-2010 where he led the NEA’s Your Town Rural Institute, the Governor’s Institute on Community Design, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and oversaw direct design grants to the design community across the U.S. In 2013, Cox was named one of the Most Admired Design Educators in America in the annual ranking of Design Intelligence.

A. Eugene Kohn
Chairman, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects
New York, NY, USA

Eugene (Gene) Kohn currently serves as Founder and Chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. In 1976, he founded KPF alongside William Pedersen and Sheldon Fox, based on a commitment to design excellence and built on collaboration and opportunities for young members of the firm to become future leaders. Gene served as Founder and the original President of KPF, developing its global strategy and shaping it into a world leader in all aspects of architectural practice. Gene is respected worldwide, not only for his over fifty-year career as an architect, but also for his inspirational leadership qualities. He is highly regarded as an engaging public speaker and is sought after around the globe as a moderator, juror and keynote speaker on contemporary architecture. He has lectured at numerous universities and for professional organizations and institutions across the US and around the world. Gene’s achievements have been recognized with numerous prestigious awards. He received The National Building Museum Chairman’s Award, The Skyscraper Museum Award, The Soane Foundation Honors, and the Alumni Award of Merit by the University of Pennsylvania—the highest university-wide award presented to alumni. He has also been recognized with the Wharton Real Estate Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the University of Pennsylvania – PennDesign Dean’s Medal of Achievement, the highest honor awarded by the institution, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is an Executive Fellow of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University—the first architect to be awarded the title. Gene holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn Gene was the recipient of the Theophilus Parsons Chandler Architecture Fellowship for advanced study and travel abroad. He served in the US Navy on Active Duty for three years between his BA and MA degrees, for five years on Reserve Duty, and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. A registered architect in 26 states, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and he served as president of the AIA New York City Chapter. He is also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Japan Institute of Architects, and an honorary member of the Fellows of the Philippine Institute. An Emeritus Board Member of the Council on Tall Buildings and the Urban Habitat, Gene has taught at Harvard Business School for over ten years and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for four years. He has also served as a Trustee for the University of Pennsylvania, is currently is an Overseer for its School of Design and is a Member of the Wharton Real Estate Center Advisory Board. In addition, he teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is a Trustee of the National Building Museum and the Urban Land Institute. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Publicolor, a nonprofit youth development organization that uses design-based programs to engage at-risk students in education leading to college and a career.

Jodie McLean
Chief Executive Officer, EDENS
Washington, D.C., USA

Jodie W. McLean is Chief Executive Officer of EDENS, one of the nation’s leading private owners, operators and developers of retail real estate. With a more than 25-year tenure at EDENS, she has established herself as a key player in the company’s growth and expansion to its current marketplace leadership, capitalized by blue chip investors and assets valued at $6.5 billion.  McLean is responsible for EDENS’ strategy to move the portfolio to major urban centers, creating a portfolio of assets that are the center of community life. She was named Chief Investment Officer in 1997, President in 2002 and CEO in 2015. Overall, she has been responsible for the development, redevelopment, acquisition and disposition of more than $12 billion in retail assets. McLean passionately believes that retail should evolve beyond a shopping experience, and advocates for connectivity to the communities surrounding the company’s retail centers. To ensure this, each EDENS development is crafted to serve as an authentic gathering place, including a unique merchandising mix and welcoming design elements, fostering a sense of engagement with its neighbors. A native of Chicago, IL, McLean holds a B.S. in Finance and Management from the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina and a degree from South Carolina Honors College. McLean serves as Trustee and Executive Board Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Trustee of Urban Land Institute. She serves on the boards of Cushman & Wakefield, The Real Estate Round Table, Wofford College and Extended Stay America, as well as boards of several other institutions and charities. McLean is a member of the Liberty Fellowship (Aspen Institute) Class of 2009.

Leslie Woo
Chief Planning and Development Officer, Metrolinx
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Leslie Woo is Chief Planning and Development Officer at Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the fastest growing urban region in Canada. Leslie is the executive lead for transportation planning, a multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio and a $35B expansion in public transit infrastructure (approximately $4B capex). Leslie was named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017, Spacing Toronto’s Transit Change-maker of 2016, and Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network’s 2015 Outstanding Leader. Leslie leads the strategic transportation planning for a full range of mobility services. She heads business areas in benefits management, business case evaluation, design excellence, strategic land development and corporate property management. Leslie manages key relationships with municipalities, not-for-profits and the private sector. She is also a champion for driving sustainability and Metrolinx’s network for women. Prior to Metrolinx Leslie worked in the municipal, private and not-for-profit sectors. She was the key author of the original Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan (2006), which by 2016 had resulted in urban intensification totaling over 18 per cent increase in multi-family residential development, a two-thirds reduction of greenfield lands consumption, and conserved about 800 square kilometres of agricultural and rural land. Leslie is a member of the Americas Executive Committee and Governing Trustee with the Urban Land Institute, and a retired member of the Ontario Association of Architects. A 2011/12 Fellow of the International Women’s Forum, Leslie’s community leadership includes her current role as Board Director with Women’s’ College Hospital and former role on the board of YMCA for the Greater Toronto Area for eight years (2009 – 2017). Leslie is the creator of the blog celebrating women city builders around the world. Leslie received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo where she also studied Urban and Regional Planning. She is also the 2015 recipient of the Renison University College Distinguished Alumna Award. Born in Trinidad, Leslie is the mother of two.

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