Urban Land Institute Looking to Honor Local Real Estate Projects Via its Annual ‘Impact Awards’

Applications for the awards are due June 29, and winners will be announced at the gala in October.

The North Texas district of the Urban Land Institute is accepting applications for its fourth annual Impact Awards gala to recognize exemplary developments, developers, and real estate practices in the area.

Applications and associated fees are due via email by June 29 and can be submitted by the owner, developer, architect, engineer, or other professional.

Winners of the four Impact Awards categories will be announced at the gala at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel on Oct. 25. The award categories include: innovation, influence, public places, and next big idea.

Winners of the four Impact Awards categories will be announced at the gala at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel on Oct. 25.

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of ULI members from outside the North Texas region. Three finalists will be selected for each award category. Their submissions will be on display at the event.

The gala also will honor Roger Staubach, executive chairman of JLL Americas, who is the recipient of the ULI NT 2018 Vision Award.

“In this industry, there are a handful of names that everyone knows. Roger Staubach’s name is at the top of that list due to his success in building his real estate brand, his involvement in a wide range of community and charitable programs, and his early career with our own Dallas Cowboys,” ULI NT Chair John Brownlee said in an announcement.


The innovation award is given to a project that demonstrates inventive land use or community planning and showcases creativity in aspects such as design, placemaking, support for public transit, green techniques, and financing. The 20-story structure McKinney & Olive designed by architect Cesar Pelli and owned by Crescent Real Estate was the recipient of last year’s award.

A project that provides a lasting positive effect on the surrounding community, whether through economic development, environmental remediation, affordable or mixed-income housing, improved health outcomes, or accessible facilities, is what the influence award looks to recognize. Last year, the Village of Rowlett apartment complex received the honor.

The public place award is given to a civic-minded project that enhances public experiences, such as gathering space or destination free of charge for the public. The Eagle Family Plaza at the Dallas Museum of Art won in 2017.

The final award goes to forward-looking ideas. Unlike the other three categories which only honor projects completed in the last seven years, submissions for the next big idea award do not have to be finished.

ULI NT is looking for ideas related to real estate development, land use, or the development process that could make a positive impact in the region. Last year’s winner was the Statler Corridor submitted by Merriman Anderson Architects. The audience will select the winner for this idea at the gala after hearing live proposals onstage from three finalists.

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