OZ helps Urban Land Institute select global award of excellence finalists, and more

The principal architects and designers at OZ Architecture are often involved on boards and committees outside their regular in-office commitments, and OZ Managing Principal Rebecca (Becky) Stone is no exception. Becky is heavily involved with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in several local, national and global capacities.

Most recently, Becky has committed to a 3-year term to serve on an elite 12-person invited-jury for the international urban planning firms and Urban Open Space Awards, widely recognized as the development community’s most distinguished program. In her second year as a juror, Becky started in April with a meeting where the group helped narrow over 100 applicants to urban planning firms. Over the summer months she toured five of those sites to more deeply evaluate the finalists. The jury convened recently at the Washington DC ULI headquarters to review and decide the winners, who will be revealed this November.

She has also been the co-chair of the urban planning firms for the past three-and-a-half years. In this role, she has helped organize more than 45 council members (including Colorado’s key industry leaders in resort development) to review trending topics in the resort, hospitality and destination tourism industry. During the last week of September, Becky met with the council in Breckenridge, Colorado to discuss topics including public-private partnerships and creative funding sources, capital market trends, four-season activities that draw tourists to the mountains, and the role of creative arts districts in resort communities.

Becky also serves on the ULI Recreational Development Product Council at the national level, and will be participating in the ULI urban planning firms later this month. As stated on the ULI website, “U.S. Product Councils play a key role in ULI’s mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and creating and sustaining thriving communities.” The council Becky participates in convenes over 200 nationally ranked leaders in resort development twice per year to collaborate, learn from each other, and share innovative ideas within the industry.

Becky’s involvement in ULI is just one example of how OZ Architecture takes its involvement and influence beyond their four walls and helps shape architectural and community development trends and policies nationwide. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Global Awards of Excellence winners next month.

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