Members of the ULI awards jury are selected to represent several facets of development expertise, including finance, architecture, land planning and development, public affairs, design, and professional services.
Jury members rotate through a maximum three-year service period, which guarantees a diverse and different jury each cycle with new points of view and experiences that reflect the broad expertise of the membership.
Dean of the University of Pennsylvania
School of Design
Marilyn Taylor became dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 after spending more than 30 years as partner, architect, and urban designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where she led the firm’s practices in airports, transportation, and urban design and served as its first woman chairman. She is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives.
Taylor is distinguished as well for her civic and professional leadership, having served as a member and Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for New York City, president of the American Institute of Architects (New York City chapter), visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, chairman of the New York Building Congress, founding (2001) member of New York New Visions, and chairman of ULI Worldwide (2005−2007). Taylor attended Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate School of Architecture, and the University of California at Berkeley, where she received her master’s degree in architecture.
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Chairman, Urban Neighborhoods, Inc.
Award-winning preservationist Dana Crawford initiated a concept of urban renewal that was one of the first of its kind in the United States. She pioneered the redevelopment of Denver’s historic Larimer Square in the mid 1960’s, creating a festival shopping area from the neglected and abandoned buildings of Denver’s original main street. Today, Larimer Square serves as a prototype for the revitalization of forgotten main streets and architectural landmarks throughout the country.
In addition to her many business accomplishments, Mrs. Crawford has given much of her time to both local and national concerns. She served nine years on the board of directors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, six of those years on its executive committee. In 1995 the National Trust awarded her their highest honor, the distinguished Louise DuPont Crowninshield Award. For fifteen years she worked with the Preservation Action, serving as president for two years. She has served on the national advisory council for Project for Public Spaces. Mrs. Crawford’s contributions to the Denver community are many. She has been on the board of the Downtown Denver Partnership for more than thirty years and has been active with the Platte River Greenway Foundation, the Denver Art Museum, Historic Denver, Inc., the Colorado Historical Society and Foundation, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In 1997 in honor of her many years of community service, she was presented with the prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award, also known as the “Colorado Nobel Prize.” In July, 2014 Union Station Alliance opened the 125,000 square foot, 54 million dollar revitalization of the Denver Union Station transit hub. The popular project involves the 112 room Crawford Hotel, seven locally owned prominent restaurants and five shops. Dana in 2014 received ULI’s initial Legacy Award for initiating Union Station’s reclamation plus decades of development which have redefined Denver.
Ellen Dunham Jones
Profession, School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning architect, professor and Coordinator of the MS in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She serves on the Policy Subcommittee of the AIA Design and Health Leadership Group, is on the Board of Commons Planning, and is a Fellow and past Board Chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
A leading authority on suburban redevelopment, she lectures widely, conducts workshops with municipalities and consults on individual projects. She and co-author June Williamson wrote Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley, 2009, 2011, 2013). The book’s documentation of successful retrofits of vacant big box stores, dead and thriving malls, and aging office parks into more sustainable places has received significant media attention in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Urban Land, TED and other venues. She continues to research short and long-term tactics for scaling up suburban retrofitting in the U.S. and abroad. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Princeton University and taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech’s faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001-2009.
President, Civitas Inc.
Mark Johnson is a leading landscape architect, designer of public space, and strategist for the regeneration of core cities. He is currently leading the regeneration planning for the decayed Northside of downtown St. Louis, the design of the North Embarcadero in San Diego, and a master plan for the waterfront on the Harlem River in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan.
Johnson is a core member of the Working Group for Sustainable Cities at Harvard, an arm of the Harvard Center for the Environment; lecturer with the Institute of Design and Health, Stockholm; and a regular lecturer and participant in urban vision and community-building strategies with the Urban Land Institute and several universities.
Johnson has led many complex projects that have had a transformative impact on cities: three riverfront parks in Denver; a master plan for Balboa Park in San Diego; a waterfront plan for Memphis; and a corridor plan to connect historic neighborhoods along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue. He recently completed the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, a project that immediately gained national recognition for its economic, social, and environmental impact to revive economic, environmental, and social health over the length of this 32-mile, forgotten resource.
Johnson has been deeply involved in the redevelopment of the Stapleton International Airport in Denver continuously since 1988 and is a primary author of the highly acclaimed Stapleton Redevelopment Plan. His 22 years of experience on the project includes participation in negotiating the airport planning, deal structure, governance, development process, development standards, and zoning.
Johnson is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture/urban design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has received numerous awards from the ASLA, AIA, APA, ULI, and Waterfront Center and recently the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the regents of the University of Colorado.
Sir Stuart Lipton
Founder, Lipton Rogers Developments LLP
Sir Stuart Lipton has been a commercial developer since the late 1960s. He is responsible for over 30 million square feet of development that has made significant changes to London, including major campus projects at Broadgate in the City of London; Stockley Park Heathrow; Chiswick Park, Chiswick, and H.M. Treasury. Typical projects are large and complex involving major infrastructure changes, complicated engineering solutions, and high-rise buildings. His residential experience over many years currently includes Hollandgreen, Kensington; the Silvertown, a 50-acre mixed-use, 7 million-square-foot project in East London; and Elizabeth House, Waterloo, a 1.4 million-square-foot mixed-use project.
Lipton was the founding chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, a U.K. government initiative, and a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission. He has been a board member of the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House and has been involved in many other public buildings.
- John Bucksbaum
- Mark Johnson
- James Klingbeil
- Sir Stuart Lipton
- Marilyn Taylor