Impact Award Categories

AWARD CATEGORIES

The Award categories for the ULI Austin Impact Awards are as follows:


The Vision Award (honoree is pre-selected)

This award is to be given to an individual in the field of real estate development or a related area such as finance, planning, or design who has made an outstanding contribution in his or her lifetime within the Austin region.  The winner of the Vision Award will be selected annually by a committee comprised of members of the ULI Austin Board of Governors, ULI Trustees in the Austin region and other leading members of the Austin District Council.

Competitive Award Categories

The three competitive built project award categories will be evaluated by highly experienced and engaged ULI members, applying the standards below.  Three finalists will be selected in each category and their submissions will be on display at the Awards Event.

  • The Innovation Award  [>>>]
  • The Influence Award  [>>>]
  • The Public Places Award  [>>>]


VISION AWARD

This prestigious award will set the standard for the entire Impact Awards program.  The recipient of this award will be an individual in the field of real estate development or a related area such as finance, planning, or design who has made an outstanding contribution in his or her lifetime within the Austin region.   The winner of the Vision Award will be selected annually by a committee comprised of members of the ULI Austin Board of Governors, ULI Trustees in the Austin region and other leading members of the Austin District Council.

The Visionary Award will be awarded to an individual who (1) Has a minimum of 20 years industry involvement; (2) Demonstrated a lasting contribution to the built environment; (4) Has a portfolio of work with significant, positive impact on the Greater Austin area; and (5) A history of community service and leadership. There is no application for this category.


COMPETITIVE AWARD CATEGORIES

Submissions for the three competitive built project award categories will be evaluated by highly experienced and engaged ULI members, applying the standards below.  Three finalists will be selected in each category and their submissions will be on display at the Awards Event.  The winner in each category will be announced at the Awards Event and presented with a distinctive award commemorating the event.

General Priorities for ALL competitive awards:

  1. Exemplifies ULI’s mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide
  2. Achieves excellence through the application of best practices
  3. Reflects planning and design of high quality
  4. Incorporates elements aimed at supporting better health
  5. Promotes sustainable development and smart energy use
  6. Achieves economic success, market acceptance and is financially sustainable
  7. Completed or implemented within the past 7 years


The Innovation Award –

This award recognizes originality and creativity in several aspects of development such as design, placemaking, supporting use of public transit, green techniques, financing (including public/private partnerships), innovative land use or community planning, or other inventive features.  Each candidate for this award must specifically describe the features making the submission innovative.

In addition to the General Priorities listed above, Innovation Award submissions must include one or more of the following:

  • Resourceful use of land/successful adaptive reuse of property
  • Sustainability, preservation or enhancement of environmental resources
  • Entrepreneurship or creative development team organization and management
  • Filling a special community or market need
  • Cutting edge design and planning features

The Influence Award –

This award will be given to a project, policy, or program that creates a positive impact beyond its immediate borders or catalyzes the development of the surrounding community, resulting in a lasting effect on the built environment.  Submissions may include a private or non-profit sector project or program that has created enhanced economic development, environmental remediation, affordable or mixed-income housing, or improved accessibility or health.

In addition to the General Priorities listed on page 2, Influence Award submissions must include one or more of the following;

  • Overcoming unusual or difficult obstacles to development
  • Successful public/private collaboration leading to influential results
  • First-of-its-kind, or a catalyst for community development
  • Must be able to identify in measurable terms the direct benefit to the community
  • Positive impact on market area


The Public Places Award –

The Public Places Award recognizes a project that provides the public with enhanced civic, open or public space access or experiences.  Award candidates may be public sector, non-profit, public/private partnership or entirely private sector as long as the space itself is generally open to the public without charge.

In addition to the General Priorities listed above, submissions must include one or more of the following:

  • Create a lively gathering space, serving as a public destination
  • Exhibit intensive use on a regular basis and act as a magnet for a broad spectrum of users
  • A facility that is inviting to the public regardless of ownership
  • Promotes physical, social and/or economic health
  • Adaptability to other communities

In lieu of meeting the financial viability requirement (under “General Priorities” above), a public sector/non-profit entry will be considered on the basis of how successful the investment of public or contributed funds has been in transforming communities and neighborhoods.