Award-Winning Architecture

Urban Land Institute picks best Houston architecture projects — and the people speak, too

Urban Land Institute picks best H-Town architecture; people speak, too

Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Bethel Church Park
Winner in the Not-for-Profit Category: Bethel Church Park. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Bethel Church Park
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 New Hope Housing at Rittenhouse
Also a winner in the Not-for-Profit Category: New Hope Housing at Rittenhouse. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/New Hope Housing at Rittenhouse
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Braeburn Village
Winner in the For-Profit Category: Braeburn Village. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Braeburn Village
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 San Jacinto College Lee Davis Library
Winner in the Heritage Category: Lee Davis Library at San Jacinto College. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/San Jacinto College Lee Davis Library
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 The Monarch Institute Campus
People's Choice winner: The Monarch Institute Campus. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Monarch Institute Campus
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Bagby Street Reconstruction
Not-for-Profit finalist: Bagby Street Reconstruction. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Bagby Street Reconstruction
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Hanover Rice Village lobby
For-Profit finalist: Hanover Rice Village. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Hanover Rice Villiage
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Towne Lake Master Plan
For-Profit finalist: Towne Lake Master Plan. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Towne Lake Master Plan by Caldwell Communities
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Pennzoil Place
Finalist in the Heritage Category: Pennzoil Place. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Pennzoil Place
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Lone Star College
Honorable mention: Lone Star College, Cy-Fair Campus. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Lone Star College
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Sylvan Beach Pavilion
Honorable mention: Sylvan Beach Pavilion. Photo courtesy of Urban Land Institute/Sylvan Beach Pavilion
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Bethel Church Park
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 New Hope Housing at Rittenhouse
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Braeburn Village
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 San Jacinto College Lee Davis Library
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 The Monarch Institute Campus
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Bagby Street Reconstruction
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Hanover Rice Village lobby
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Towne Lake Master Plan
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Pennzoil Place
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Lone Star College
Urban Land Institute Houston 2015 Development of Distinction Awards November 2014 Sylvan Beach Pavilion

Five Houston-area architectural and renewal projects took home Development of Distinction Awards from the Urban Land Institute.

The winners were recently announced during the ULI's annual ceremony at the Crystal Ballroom at The RiceWinstead Attorneys hosted this year's presentation.

Braeburn Village, a project developed by Midway in partnership with AAI Affordable Houston, received top honors in the For-Profit Category, while two developments, Bethal Church Park by the Houston Parks & Recreation Department and New Hope Housing at Rittenhouse by New Hope Housing Inc. were named tops in the Not-for-Profit Category.

The Lee Davis Library at San Jacinto College won in the Heritage Category. The Monarch Institute Campus by The Monarch School earned the highest number of online votes to capture the People's Choice Award.

“This year’s Development of Distinction Awards covered an amazing array of innovative and sustainable projects,” Carleton Riser, ULI Houston chair and Transwestern Development Co. president, said in a statement. “Each winner is a singular example of the ‘complete real estate project’ and has positively impacted their immediate community and Houston as a whole.”

Also recognized at the ceremony were the 2015 finalists and honorable mentions:

The Development of Distinction awards program is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to recognize developments that exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, community health, marketing and management. The Houston award is modeled after the ULI Awards for Excellence global competition, which has honored best practices in real estate development for more than 30 years.

Nine finalists were selected by a nomination panel of Houston real estate leaders. A jury of three national real-estate experts traveled to Houston last November to tour all projects and select the winners.