JC Nichols Prize — Past Winners

The Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development was established to recognize an individual, or a person representing an institution, whose career demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of responsible development.

The $100,000 prize honors the legacy of legendary Kansas City, Missouri, developer Jesse Clyde Nichols (1880−1950), a founding ULI member who is widely regarded as one of America’s most influential entrepreneurs in land use during the first half of the 20th century.

The following individuals have been honored by ULI as Nichols laureates.

2013 J. Ronald Terwilliger

J. Ronald Terwilliger

Internationally recognized housing expert and former ULI Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger was honored with the J.C. Nichols Prize for his advocacy work in the housing affordability arena.

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2012 Peter Walker

Peter Walker

Peter Walker, the 2012 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development founder, is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished landscape architectural designers of his time, forging the renaissance of landscape architecture as a discipline.

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2011 His Highness, the Aga Khan

The jury for the 2011 ULI Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development chose the Aga Khan as the 2011 laureate because of his strong leadership, over more than 40 years, of a stunning variety of development and philanthropic endeavors largely benefiting poor and marginalized communities in Asia and Africa struggling to improve their living conditions.

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2010 Richard M. Daley

Richard Daley

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s 21-year legacy of successful community building has earned him the prestigious Urban Land Institute (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Daley, the 2010 laureate, is only the second mayor to receive the prize in its 11-year history.

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2009 Amanda M. Burden

Amanda Burden

Amanda M. Burden, chair of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the New York Department of Planning, has been chosen as the 2009 laureate of the prize, which is the Institute’s highest honor.

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2008 Bart Harvey and Enterprise

Bart Harvey

Bart Harvey and Enterprise, the 2008 winners of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, have helped dispel some myths about affordable housing.

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2007 Sir Stuart Lipton

Stuart Lipton

Lipton’s long dedication to extraordinary place making has earned him the distinction of being named the 2007 laureate of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

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2006 Peter Calthorpe

Peter Calthorpe

Peter Calthorpe, the 2006 winner of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, strives for model urbanist communities. What began as a teenager’s passion to “save the environment” evolved into a 30-year career in urban planning and design, devoted to the creation of communities that are as easily negotiated on foot as by car, and that significantly improve the balance between land development and land preservation.

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2005 Albert B. Ratner and Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

Forest City Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and most respected real estate development organizations, and company co-chairman Albert B. Ratner have been named as the joint recipients of the 2005 Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

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2004 Richard D. Baron

Richard Baron

Richard D. Baron, one of the nation’s most successful developers of inner-city mixed-income communities, has been selected as the fifth annual laureate of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Baron, 62, is co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., (MBS) in St. Louis, Missouri, a for-profit firm that specializes in the development of economically integrated urban neighborhoods.

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2003 Vincent Scully

Vincent Scully

Vincent Scully, one of the nation’s foremost architectural historians and longtime Yale University professor, was selected as the fourth annual laureate of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Scully, 83, who has taught several generations of architects, planners, art historians, developers and politicians throughout his distinguished career, has been described by world-renowned architect Philip Johnson as “the most influential architecture teacher, ever.”

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2002 Gerald D. Hines Founder and Chairman

Gerald Hines

Gerald D. Hines, founder and chairman of the Hines real estate company, was the 2002 recipient of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Now in its 45th year, Hines’ highly respected firm—one of the world’s largest, controls properties worldwide valued at more than $13 billion.

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2001 Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The recipient of the second annual Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, funded by an endowment from the J.C. Nichols family, was former U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat who represented the state of New York from 1977 until 2001, and who spent more than four decades in public service.

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2000 Joseph P. Riley

Joseph Riley

It is this firm dedication to top-quality urban design for Charleston that led to Mayor Riley being selected as the first recipient of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. The $100,000 prize is named for legendary Kansas City, Missouri, developer Jesse Clyde Nichols, a ULI founding member.

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