Apgar Urban Land Awards

“These winners exemplify ULI's tradition of producing and sharing expert information on land use and real estate issues."

Patrick L. Phillips, ULI Chief Executive Officer

The ULI Apgar Urgan Land Awards were started in the 1990s by long-time ULI member and Governor, Mahlon Apgar IV, in order to highlight and recognize the quality of writing in Urban Land magazine. The award was designed as a prize for industry practice articles that clearly communicate ideas, knowledge, research, and expertise for the benefit of the entire real estate community. A $500 honorarium is presented for the winning articles, judged on the criteria of relevance to current land use and development issues; strength of the authors’ analysis; perceptiveness of the authors’ reasoning; clarity of presentation; and overall contribution to the advancement of ULI’s mission and current priorities.

From 1991 to 2006, and returning in 2012, the award is intended to encourage entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals to communicate their ideas, knowledge, research and experience for the benefit of the entire real estate community.

ULI Announces Winners of 2014 Apgar Urban Land Awards

The Urban Land Institute announced joint recipients of the 2014 ULI Apgar Urban Land Award at ULI’s Spring Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This year’s winning authors are Rives Taylor, a principal at Gensler, whose article,“Minimizing Risk in an Era of Resilience” appeared in the January/February 2013 issue; and D. Jamie Rusin, principal; Sean Slater, director of retail and mixed use; and Ryan Call, senior associate at ELS Architecture and Urban Design, who co-wrote “New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-Ring Suburbs” for the May/June 2013 issue.

Rives Taylor

Rives Taylor


D. Jamie Rusin, Sean Slater, and Ryan Call.

“This year’s ULI Apgar Urban Land Award winners tackled two key issues which are topical to ULI’s mission – resilience and suburban infill development,” said ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “Both articles combined interesting insights with practical advice to provide readers with not only an interesting read, but also with ideas they could implement in their own organization.”

Taylor’s piece, “Minimizing Risk in an Era of Resilience,” highlights the impact of natural disasters on the built environment and provides practical advice for real estate investors and developers on how they can mitigate risk. The article is divided into what property owners need to consider depending upon whether they are reviewing an existing asset, acquiring a new property, or assessing a development opportunity. The article also examines larger investments such as master-planned developments.

The winning article from the ELS Architecture and Urban Design team focused on the opportunities and challenges for infill mixed-use development in inner-ring suburbs across the U.S. “New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-Ring Suburbs” uses examples of best practices from across the U.S. to examine a wide range of issues, including mixed-use design challenges, creating an authentic environment, and new approaches to incorporating cars and parking into pedestrian-friendly design.

ULI 2013 Apgar Urban Land Award

Selected articles from the previous calendar year – authored by Jason S. Hellendrung, principal, Urban Studio at Sasaki and Howard J. Kozloff, managing partner, Agora Partners – were selected as recipients of the recognition.

Jason S. Hellendrung (left) and Howard J. Kozloff

“These winners exemplify ULI’s tradition of producing and sharing expert information on land use and real estate issues,” said ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Philips. “They are smart reads backed up by balanced reporting and scientific research. Both articles are refreshing examples of reliable writing in an age of information overload.”

Hellendrung’s winning piece, entitled “HealthLine Drives Growth in Cleveland,” explores the shifting role of the private sector in advancing transit in downtown Cleveland. The HealthLine, the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, has stimulated economic growth along the historic Euclid Avenue since it first opened in 2008. His article describes how the project – a diverse partnership of public, private, nonprofit and neighborhood interests – devised a strategy of catalyzing growth by designing a bus system that emulated a rail line. As a result, Cleveland planners have revised the way they view the link between transportation, jobs, housing and business.

Kozloff was selected as an award winner for his Urban Land story that made the case for urban parks providing a measurable bump in value and competitive advantage for real estate properties. “The Payoff from Parks” cites specific case studies and empirical research that support the argument that public space can create a property premium for lots within several hundred feet of a green space. Kozloff attributes this to a market demand for interaction, which translates into more retail shoppers and revenue for retail investors. In turn, this increase in activity attracts tenants and increases property value for residential.

Currently, Hellendrung directs landscape architecture, planning and urban design work for a range of projects at Sasaki. Some of his current projects include the citywide Parks Master Plan for Hartford, Conn.; the re-design of Chaparral Street in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas; and the White Flint Redevelopment in North Bethesda, Md. One of his most notable accomplishments was his time as project manager of the urban design and landscape architecture for the HealthLine BRT and transformation of Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

In addition to his role at Agora Partners, Kozloff is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former Director of HH Development Strategies and Director of Operations at Hart Howerton, an international planning, design, and development advisory firm. Prior to Hart Howerton, he held positions at both The Martin Group and Macerich and previously lectured at Columbia University and the University of Southern California.

ULI 2012 Apgar Urban Land Award

Jeffrey Spivak, senior researcher at HNTB and regular contributor to Urban Land magazine, was named the 2012 winner at ULI’s Annual Spring Meeting in Charlotte.

Spivak’s article in Urban Land’s May/June 2011  issue, entitled “Seniors’ Housing Acquisitions,” examines how a series of recent blockbuster acquisition deals is transforming the senior housing property sector and why some of the industry’s largest ownership groups are pursuing newer and riskier growth opportunities. This sector, once a solid and safe investment, has experienced consolidation and partnership surges in health care and senior housing real estate investment trusts (REITs). Spivak explains how changes in federal tax law and expectations that the elderly population will jump 36 percent by 2020 are both major reasons why investors see growth potential for senior housing. However, Spivak warns that such changes will make a sector that traditionally has been resistant to economic downturns more sensitive to both economic down cycles and potential cuts in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

Spivak has been with HNTB since 2008 and is a regular contributor to publications dedicated to the built environment, including APA’s Planning. He is the author of two books about Kansas City — one about the 1985 World Series and another one about Union Station. Prior to his time at HNTB, he was a civic affairs reporter at the Kansas City Star from 1985 to 2008.

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2014 Winners
“Minimizing Risk in an Era of Resilience”
By Sean Taylor

“New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-Ring Suburbs”
By D. Jamie Rusin; Sean Slater; and Ryan Call

2013 Winners
HealthLine Drives Growth in Cleveland
by Jason Hellendrung

The Payoff from Parks
by Howard Kozloff

2012 Winner
Seniors’ Housing Acquisitions
by Jeffrey Spivak

For additional information please contact awards@uli.org