Honoring Visionaries Who Inspire Great Places
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May 2021 – Jury selects and notifies Laureate
Summer/Fall 2021 – ULI announces Laureate
*Due to the number of nominations we receive, we do not notify nominators whose nominees are not selected. The jury may reconsider any nominee in a future year.
About the Prize
The ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development is the most prestigious and respected award in the land use planning and development community. It encourages developers, redevelopment planners, and community leaders to think more deeply about how urban development affects our quality of life and helps to build the spirit of community and of neighborhood. It encourages innovation and creativity yet returns to the core principles of quality, beauty, and permanence.
ULI awards the $100,000 prize annually. The Nichols family endowed the Prize in the year 2000 by a gift to the ULI Foundation from the Miller Nichols Living Trust and the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation.
The Prize will be given to a living person who, individually or as a representative of his or her organization, has made a most 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 had led to the betterment of our society.
The Prize will spotlight individuals and organizations that have been on the cutting edge, employing innovative processes, techniques, strategies, and insights to encourage and to achieve the highest quality in development practices and policies at the global, national, or local levels. The Prize will reward accomplishments that honor diversity of land use, design, mobility, lifestyle, population, culture, and race; and it will reflect an awareness of changing technologies and their impact on a sustainable future for our communities.
2020 Laureate Anthony A. Williams
Nominate the Next Laureate
Nominees are not limited to a specific discipline and may include developers, public officials, educators, authors, journalists, researchers, artists, urban planners, technologists, activists, architects, or landscape architects, among others. The prize cannot be awarded posthumously. Nominees do not need to be a ULI member. See the How to Nominate page for more information.
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