ULI Europe selects six finalists for the Awards for Excellence

Six finalists have been chosen for the 2023 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence, which celebrates excellence in land use practice across the development process and recognises exemplary built environment projects in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Factors considered in the selection process include planning, construction, economics, management, sustainability and resiliency, community impact, and architecture and design. This year’s finalists include office, education, retail, and mixed-use category projects in Belgium, France, Italy, and Portugal. The project include refurbishment, development, restoration, new build, and modular projects. 


The Liberty Tower, Milan (pictured above) – the refurbishment of a landmark 1950’s tower by developer, Hines. Owner: Savills Investment Management SGR, on behalf of Milan Green Fund. Architect: Asti Architetti. (Mixed use)

Mercado do Bolhão, Porto – the restoration and modernisation of a historical market building by developer Gestão e Obras do Porto, EM. Owner: Câmara Municipal do Porto. Architect: Nuno Valentim, Arquitectura. (Retail)

Morland Mixité Capitale, Paris (pictured below) – revival and transformation of former administrative site of the Préfecture de Paris through restructuring and new construction by developer Emerige. Owner: Nuveen Real Estate. Concept architect: David Chipperfield, local architect CALQ Architecture. (Mixed use)

Multi, Brussels – redevelopment of former Philips headquarters into Brussels’ first CO2-neutral office building by developers Immobel and Whitewood. Owner: Brouckère Tower Invest. Architect: Conix RDBM Architects. (Office)

Scholen van Morgen (Schools of Tomorrow), Flanders – the design, build and financing of 182 school infrastructure projects by a public-private partnership of Flemish public authorities, AG Real Estate and BNP Paribas Fortis. Developer: AG Real Estate COPiD. Owner: DBFM Scholen van Morgen. Architect: 72 teams. (Education)

Stream Building, Paris – a new development to establish a ‘building-manifesto’ for a new way of conceptualising and designing Paris using a modular, adaptable building system by developer and owner Covivio and Hines. Architect: PCA Stream. (Mixed use)

The overall winner/s will be revealed in Copenhagen on 11 October during ULI Europe’s C Change Summit.

A jury chaired by Sophie Henley-Price, Principal, Studios Architecture and a ULI Global Trustee selected the finalists and will next determine EMEA region’s overall winners. The jury includes: Clarissa Alfrink, UNStudio (Germany); Sigrid Duhamel, Deepki (France); Karolina Kaim, CEO, Blueprint Group (Poland); Tinka Kleine, PGGM (Netherlands); Jorge Perez de Leza Eguiguren, Metrovacesa (Spain); Dan Ringelstein, Arup (UK); Simone Santi, Lendlease (Italy); and Jörn Walter, City of Hamburg (Germany). 

“ULI Europe Awards for Excellence finalists showcase transformative projects that have pushed boundaries and are having positive impacts in their communities, neighbourhoods, and cities,” said chair of ULI Europe Lars Huber. “They demonstrate best practice in equitable and sustainable land use, and have found great solutions to real estate challenges, all of which ably reflect our own mission at the ULI.”