Honoring Visionaries Who Inspire Great Places
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.
2013 Nichols Laureate: J. Ronald Terwilliger
The importance of appealing affordable housing as a vital component of thriving communities was recognized with the 2013 Nichols Prize. Internationally recognized housing expert and former ULI Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger was chosen as a Nichols Laureate, the Institute’s highest honor.
Terwilliger, founder of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential, was honored in September for his extraordinary civic and philanthropic efforts to raise awareness of decent housing as a basic human need, with a particular emphasis on increasing the supply of housing that is both affordable to the workforce and close to transit and employment centers. Learn more about Terwilliger and other Nichols laureates.
History of the Nichols Prize
The Nichols Prize, endowed by the family of J.C. Nichols, honors the legacy of the legendary Kansas City, Missouri, developer. A founding ULI member, J.C. Nichols is widely regarded as one of America’s most influential entrepreneurs in land use during the first half of the 1900s.
Nichols pioneered the development of sustainable, mass-market residential neighborhoods built for permanence, and automobile-oriented shopping centers. The Country Club district, a model residential community; Country Club Plaza, a 77-year-old shopping center and multiuse development; and numerous well-preserved suburban communities south of downtown Kansas City attest to his enduring legacy in that city.
Vincent Scully, 2003 laureate of the Nichols Prize, said of J.C. Nichols, “There is no one involved with the American city who does not owe J.C. Nichols a debt for his vision and method in the planning and development of residential communities. His example has helped this generation to take on that basic program intelligently once again.”