The Jury

Members of the ULI Global Awards for Excellence jury are selected internationally to achieve regional balance and represent several facets of development expertise, including finance, architecture, land planning and development, public affairs, design, and professional services.

Jury members rotate through a 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 Institute’s membership.

Jury Procedures
Jurors operate independently, applying the highest standards of evaluation and professional practice as reflected in the code of ethics of the Urban Land Institute. After an extensive awards briefing, each juror is assigned a specific number of submissions to review in advance of the first group meeting. During this first meeting, typically over the course of two days, each juror presents to the rest of the group his or her assigned submissions for debate, evaluation, and qualification. This process typically results in a first group of projects subjected to a final round of evaluation. It is at this final session that the selected finalists emerge.

During the following months, jurors are assigned to visit each finalist project for a closer evaluation on site, where they meet with those responsible for the success of each initiative. At least one juror visits each selected finalist. The goal is to gather closer and profound insights into the operation of each project to gain a detailed understanding of aspects such as financial performance, community impact, development history, design elements, and building innovation.

The jurors convene in a final meeting at which they review each project again. The jury member who visited each project starts the debate with a brief presentation to the rest of the group about the newly gathered insights. Typically after a long day of deliberations, the winners of the ULI Global Awards for Excellence are selected.

2015 Jury Roster

  • Michael Covarrubias, jury chairman, chairman and CEO, TMG Partners
  • Jeff Barber, principal and managing director, Gensler
  • Terrall Budge, principal and owner, Loci
  • Sujata S. Govada, managing director, UDP International
  • Jason Hellendrung, principal, Sasaki Associates
  • Sophie Henley-Price, principal, STUDIOS architecture
  • Lance Josal, president and chief executive officer, RTKL
  • Jeff Kingsbury, managing principal, Greenstreet Ltd.
  • M. Leanne Lachman, president, Lachman Associates
  • Jacinta McCann, executive vice president, AECOM
  • Steve Navarro, executive, executive vice president, CBRE
  • Trini M. Rodriguez, principal, Parker Rodriguez Inc.

2016 Schedule

Applications open:
December 1, 2015

Submissions early-bird deadline:
January 22, 2016

Submissions final deadline:
February 22, 2016

Finalists announced:
May 2016

Site visits by jury representatives:
May–August 2016

Winners announced/award ceremony:
Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas, October 25–28, 2016

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