The Urban Land Institute Announces Winners Of The 2009 Global Awards For Excellence Competition

Five developments have been selected as winners of the 2009 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition. The 2009 winners were selected from 21 worldwide finalists, all of whom were winners in their region: The Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.  The winners are:

the AmericanUniversity in Cairo – New Campus, Cairo, Egypt
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
The Rise, Vancouver, British Columbia
West Chelsea/High Line Rezoning Plan, New York City
ZhongshanShipyardPark, Zhongshan, China.

The competition is part of the Institute’s Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, which is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial success.

“While the 2009 winners are very different in development type, they all share a commitment to high quality that is reflected in exceptional design and craft, and in cultural relevance,” said 2009 Global Awards for Excellence Jury Chairman Joseph E. Brown, Group Chief Executive of AECOM in San Francisco.

According to ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips, the award winners illustrate that well-designed, well-built projects can thrive even in the most challenging of economic times. “These global winners showcase the best in creativity, innovation, and long-term thinking,” Phillips said. “The ULI Awards for Excellence program is a timely reminder of the key difference responsible land use can make in terms of community longevity and sustainability.”

More information about ULI’s Awards for Excellence program is at: