Featured image: ULI Global Award of Excellence juror and OZ Managing Partner Becky Stone shares what each of the 150 submission binders entail. Stone and her fellow 11 jurors are diligent reviewing them all.
Our own Rebecca Stone was selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to serve as one of 12 jurors worldwide who are working this week to select the winners of ULI’s prestigious Global Awards for Excellence.
The ULI was founded in 1936, and has more than 37,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines. The organization’s awards programs are highly selective and provide worldwide recognition for winners and finalists.
The 12 ULI jurors are presently sequestered together, culling through over 150 entries representing some of the best land use and creative development in the world.
Three of the 12 ULI Global Awards for Excellence jurors. From left: Ame Englehart, Director Hong Kong for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Wendy Rowden, President of 42nd Street Development in New York; Rebecca Stone, Managing Partner, OZ Architecture.
Being a juror requires more than simply voting for a favorite. Jurors participate in several, days-long, in depth discussions among their peer experts to truly understand the range and impact of each project. Each juror is expected to challenge, and be challenged, until every aspect of a submission is thoughtfully analyzed. After today, they will recommend a short-list of projects to the ULI of which the 12 jurors will go visit. These site visits will be occurring over the next 4 months and are extremely important to truly understanding the projects.
This rigorous analysis by Stone and her fellow jurors is part of why the ULI Global Awards for Excellence program is widely considered the development community’s most prestigious award.
Stone’s commitment and involvement with ULI underscores her understanding of smart land use, community leadership and environmental protection, which has been applied to projects across OZ’s client spectrum, from historic renovations like the Hotel Teatro to essential urban renewal, including the River North (RiNo) section of Denver, an area where OZ is bringing about significant change.
Learn more about the ULI Global Excellent Awards here.