For the 2014 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, 163 teams from 72 universities in the United States and Canada developed solutions for a site in Nashville’s Sulphur Dell neighborhood.
The Hines jury meets twice. First in February to evaluate the entries and name the four finalists that advance to the next stage of the competition, as well as any honorable mentions. They meet for a second time in Nashville during the month of April to evaluate the final-four live presentations, and select a winner.
Meet the 2014 Jury
F. Barton Harvey III, Jury Chairman
Enterprise Community Partners
Bart Harvey is the immediate past chairman and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that has raised and invested, along with partners, over $10 billion of private resources that have helped produce over 250,000 homes for low-income households. Under Harvey’s leadership, Enterprise brought together leaders from the environmental and community development fields to create the Green Communities® initiative in 2004. This $555 million initiative exceeded by 50 percent its five-year goal of building more than 8,500 affordable homes that promote health, conserve energy and natural resources, and promote easy access to jobs, schools, and services.
Harvey serves on Fannie Mae’s board, as well as on a number of nonprofit boards. He was appointed by Congress to the Millennium Housing Commission from 2000 to 2002, has been a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, and has served on the advisory boards of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Harvey was chosen as the 2008 recipient of the ULI J. C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, as well as the National Housing Conference’s 2008 Housing Person of the Year.
Oak Point Investors
Brian Berry is president of Oak Point Investors, a commercial real estate investment and advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. Over a 25-year career, Berry has been instrumental in completing over $8 billion of capital transactions. He has extensive investment, joint venture, finance, operating, and development experience. He successfully led management teams during significant expansion periods at leading public and private real estate companies.
As managing director and regional director at Tishman Speyer, Berry was responsible for the company’s investment, development, and operations in the Mid-Atlantic region. During a decade at Tishman Speyer, he led the growth of the company’s regional property portfolio and operating business into one of the largest and most respected in the Washington, D.C., region. Before joining Tishman Speyer, Berry was senior vice president of Trizec Properties and director of acquisitions for the JBG Companies. Before relocating to Washington, he was vice president at Richard Ellis in Chicago.
He holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of ULI’s Washington District Advisory Board and its IOPC Green Council. He is vice President of the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association and a director of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. He is a member of Capital Markets Committee at DCBIA and also a member of NAIOP.
Senior Vice President and Partner
Tom Gibson founded the Nashville office in 1986. He received a BS degree in real estate from Indiana University–Bloomington. He graduated from the Advanced Management Development Program in Harvard’s School of Design in July 2008. He is a licensed real estate broker in Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.
The Nashville office provides property management, facilities management, and construction services to a portfolio of over 7 million square feet of medical office space for a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit health care companies. Gibson has also been active redeveloping properties. These projects include converting an injection-molding manufacturing plant to a multi-tenant food grade warehouse and converting a 1930s post-and-beam manufacturing plant to the corporate headquarters for Griffin Technologies. The Griffin Building won a local ULI award in 2011.
Gibson is a past president of the Nashville NAIOP and IREM chapters and a past president of the Tennessee chapter of CoreNet Global. He is a member of ULI and serves on the ULI Healthcare Council. Gibson also serves on the National NAIOP Sustainability Forum.
James W. Granbery
H.G. Hill Realty Company
A Nashville native, Jimmy Granbery graduated from Hillwood High School in 1975 and from the University of Mississippi in 1979, where he earned a BBA degree in marketing. He joined the H.G. Hill Stores as a management trainee in 1979 before transferring to H.G. Hill Realty in 1981. He was named vice president of development in 1993 and CEO in 2002 (the fourth in company history). Granbery is a member of ICSC and NAIOP, and is incoming chair of ULI Nashville.
He is a member of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee board and the YMCA Foundation, and is a founding director of the ACE mentoring program. Granbery serves on the “Time to Rise” board as chairman as well as the Martin Methodist College board. He is vice chairman for development on the MDHA board of commissioners.
Project ^ Ecological Development
Anyeley Hallova is a development professional with a range of experience, from mixed-use sustainable developments to large-scale urban master plans. Hallova’s passion is creating unique developments that reflect the local culture, respect the natural environment, and build community.
Her core focus within the company is shepherding projects through entitlements with a specialization in market research, pre-development activities, project management, and leasing efforts for purpose-built student housing. Some of her recent projects include Courtside and Skybox Apartments, a 405-bedroom, $30 million sustainable apartment community in Eugene, Oregon, adjacent to the University of Oregon.
Before joining project^, Hallova was a development manager for Gerding Edlen Development in Portland, working on student housing, civic projects, and public/private partnerships, and was an associate urban designer at the leading design firm EDAW Inc., specializing in downtown master plans.
Hallova has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University, a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor of science degree in environmental systems technology from Cornell University.
She is a published researcher and writer on cultural landscapes and developing public consensus. Her civic work includes a mayoral appointment to Portland’s Adjustment Committee and the Community Involvement Committee for the Portland Plan. She is also a guest design critic at major universities, including Louisiana State, Harvard, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Portland State.
Founder and Managing Partner
Range Light Partners
Marty Heflin graduated from Vanderbilt University on an NROTC scholarship in 1980 with an economics/history double major. He served as a U.S. Navy surface warfare officer, receiving the Navy Achievement and Commendation medals. In 1986, he received an MBA from Wake Forest University, graduating with high honors as the Babcock Scholar and winner of the prestigious Bob White Award for field study project. Heflin worked for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company from 1986 to 1989, where he was responsible for the brand management of the $2 billion–sales brand Winston.
In 1989, Heflin began his real estate career with Trammell Crow Residential in north Florida. During ten years with Trammell Crow, he developed more than 1,000 apartment homes in the Southeast. In 1999, he became one of the founding partners of Wood Partners. Under the Wood banner, Heflin developed close to 800 more units in Nashville and in Washington, D.C., opening that market for Wood.
In October 2001, Heflin formed the M2H Group to pursue his dream of building a multifamily development firm predicated on the principles of high-quality and sustainable design and innovative vision. The M2H Group codeveloped the adaptive use of the Stahlman Building in Nashville, a project that earned distinction from the Nashville Historic Society. 807 Eighteenth and 1101 Eighteenth were developed as part of the renaissance of Midtown Nashville; 807 Eighteenth was recognized by the Urban Land Institute in a case study in its book Successful Strategies in Condominium Development.
In March 2010, Heflin started Range Light Partners, a platform for helping clients with the economic downturn through consulting and strategic alliances with the best practitioners in the trade. Range Light Partners has grown into a fee development and investment entity actively pursuing deals throughout the Southeast.
Heflin has been active in ULI, where he chaired the Infrastructure Committee for the Nashville district council, producing the first “Music City Infrastructure Report.” He also wrote the position paper on infrastructure for the NashvilleNext planning consortium. He was president of the Greater Nashville Apartment Association, chairman of the Apartment Council of Tennessee, and president of the Tennessee Apartment Association. He is the adjunct professor of real estate finance and the real estate coordinator at the Owen School of Graduate Management of Vanderbilt University.
For more than 20 years, Heflin has coached K-8 cross-country, imparting the values of courage, commitment, and character to his teams. He is an avid bicyclist, sea kayaker, and runner.
PWL Landscape Architecture
Todd Mead, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, is a landscape architect and urban designer with more than 30 years in the profession. He has led a broad range of work, including urban parks, gardens, urban infill redevelopment, and corporate and academic campus landscape architecture projects throughout the United States. He has collaborated extensively with architects and has led complex, integrated teams implementing projects for public and private clients. His work often involves the rehabilitation of natural systems and the reinterpretation of native landscapes as a means of making healthy urban places that manifest and amplify the social, economic, and ecological context.
Mead has been actively involved with the Urban Land Institute, serving on the ULI Hines Competition jury in 2013–2014 and has presented at the ULI national meeting and other national conferences, including the APWA, AGC, and ASLA. He has been a frequent critic at the University of Colorado at Denver and Boulder, and a juror for the ASLA student design awards at Colorado State University. Before joining PWP, Mead was a principal with Civitas and contributed to the firmwide management and design practice leadership.
Vice President, Development
Forest City | Washington
Alex Nyhan is vice president of development for Forest City | Washington. He has worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in both the United States and Latin America, and has established a niche in complex public/private real estate development projects, having been involved with over $2 billion of public/private partnerships in government and the private sector.
In addition to real estate development activities, Nyhan has advised the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the city of São Paulo, the government of Puerto Rico, and the government of the District of Columbia.
Nyhan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.
Cherry & Associates
Phillip Ryan, a fifth-generation Nashvillian, has spent more than 30 years in commercial and residential development and redevelopment, primarily in the public sector in Nashville and Tennessee. After almost 22 years with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA), serving as executive director for the past 12 years, Ryan joined Cherry & Associates as an affiliate broker in fall 2013. He assists clients with commercial real estate needs, including site selection, contract/lease negotiations, due diligence, and move-in coordination. He also works with clients to identify and secure sites for development in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
While at MDHA, Ryan was involved in downtown Nashville development activities, including office, high-rise residential, retail, public facilities, and amenities. He led his organization in small-scale neighborhood commercial and residential development, and his experience includes housing services for more than 28,000 residents. He is experienced in real estate finance, land assembly, construction, adaptive use of historic structures, and large-scale infrastructure projects. His work won praise from the Urban Land Institute, HUD, the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency, and other organizations.
He has served on the Greenways Commission of Nashville, as a trustee of the Public Housing Authority Directors Association, and as a board member of the Housing Fund, Metro Action Commission, District Energy System, Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, and Hillsboro/West End Neighborhood. He is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club, Urban Land Institute, and NAIOP, and an alumni of Leadership Nashville.
He received a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Tennessee and a BS from Middle Tennessee State University. He is married to Meredith Libbey and the proud father of two daughters.
Los Angeles, California
Gaurav Srivastava is an urban designer at AECOM in Los Angeles. His work, focusing on urban cores for both private and public sector clients, is driven by twin passions—to reduce the footprint of human habitation through compact and sensitive urban redevelopment in the city center, and to continuously reinforce the importance of the pedestrian experience as the defining experience of cities.
Downtowns across the globe have suffered decades of disinvestment, and he understands that their path back to relevance is built on the enduring ability of cities to cyclically reinvent and reinvest in themselves. This process is best managed by crafting a practical vision for the future, practicing exemplary urban design, rigorously engaging the public, and most important, building the optimism of private investors.
Srivastava has worked in cities across the world—in Los Angeles as well as Dublin, Delhi, and others. He manages and directs multidisciplinary teams for projects ranging from grassroots-driven neighborhood visioning efforts to large downtown redevelopment plans. Most recently, he has led planning efforts that include crafting a vision for Los Angeles’s CleanTech Corridor. This ambitious 2,500-acre initiative repositions aging industrial parcels to attract the next generation of clean industry. It is the nexus of the region’s long-term strategies to retain the existing 400,000 manufacturing jobs that are increasingly threatened by the dynamics of the global economy.
Srivastava is an associate principal at AECOM’s urban design studio in Los Angeles. He has a professional undergraduate degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi and a graduate degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
Brooklyn, New York
Halina Steiner is the creative director of dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc. She is the project manager for QueensWay, Alley Pond Environmental Center, HOLD System: Flushing Creek, and the Pocantico Center at the Rockefeller Estate in Kykuit. Steiner presented on the use of information graphics in landscape architecture at the AIGA Phoenix Design Week and on the use of green infrastructure at APA LA 2014 Conference. She has also presented work on flood mitigation strategies along the Adyar River in India to government officials and at Anna University in Chennai.
In 2012, Steiner taught an international summer workshop at the Warsaw University of Life Science. She has been a critic at the Cooper Union, the City College of New York, and Syracuse University. She has written articles for Topos and Garten + Landschaft about the development of waterfront parks in New York City.
Halina’s design experience includes work for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Flight 93 Memorial Competition for the University of Texas Austin, NYASLA, and the Planning Accreditation Board. Halina holds a BSD in Visual Communication from Arizona State University and a MLA from The City College of New York, where she also currently sits on the advisory board.
Pablo Vaggione is an independent urban specialist with over 15 years of experience. His cross-sector and multidisciplinary approach provides cities and actors in urban development with strategically integrated thinking to respond to the challenges of sustainable urbanization.
He is the lead author of the upcoming UN-HABITAT Guide for City Leaders on Urban Planning. He was the principal adviser to the city of Madrid application that received the World Leadership Award in 2007. Between 2007 and 2010 he served as the secretary general and chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), a professional organization of planners from 70 countries.
In 2004, he founded Design Convergence Urbanism (DCU), a collaborative platform of independent urban experts practicing in urban policy, planning, and design. DCU has been engaged in projects for local governments, donors, and developers in Brazil, China, Laos, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam, among other locations. He has provided advice to leading international development organizations, private sector corporations, and research centers, among them the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNESCO, Siemens AG, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He obtained a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a postgraduate certificate in environment and sustainable development from the United Nations University in Tokyo.
W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
New York, New York
Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, founded W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 1999 to create a design-oriented, multidisciplinary practice focused on urban issues. With special expertise in urban design, public, and institutional projects, she practices as both an architect and landscape architect. Wilks has received many design awards for her work, including four recent national awards.
She was elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, in 1999, as well as to the College of Fellows, American Society of Landscape Architecture, in 2010. She also sits on the Architectural Advisory Committee of Cornell University. She has been a board member of the National Association of Olmsted Parks and an advisory board member for the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. She has lectured and taught as a visiting critic at the University of Maryland, Cornell University, Catholic University, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally. She contributes to several publications and has curated exhibitions on public open space.