Kees Christiaanse receives ULI Germany Leadership Award 2018

Yesterday, the ULI Germany Leadership Award 2018 was presented in Offenbach, Germany. Kees Christiaanse received the prestigious award in the category Urban Planning. The prize is awarded annually by the Urban Land Institute Germany to important personalities from the real estate industry and politics who have committed themselves to sustainable urban development and a better quality of life in the urban centres of Germany through their special commitment and courage.

Stephanie Baden, Executive Director ULI Germany:

‘The Leadership Award of ULI Germany stands for excellence and best practice in the responsible handling of our urban spaces. Our winners are aware of the lasting impact that their own actions have on our built environment. For this reason, the members of the jury of ULI Germany are honouring Prof. Kees Christiaanse with the Leadership Award 2018. Kees is one of the most outstanding personalities in the field of urban design, and I am extremely pleased that our jury has honoured him for his remarkable achievements this year.’

Laudator and member of the jury Franz-Josef Höing, Chief Building Director of the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg:

‘In urban planning, similar to an apartment, we need shelves that are beautiful, resilient, expandable, flexible for the uncertain that is yet to come - we call it the future. The most convincing shelves often come from Kees Christiaanse's studio. I don't know anyone else who focuses on the factual with such a clarity, who can describe the mechanisms that affect our built environment - the social, the political and the economic equally - so precisely.’

Since 2005, the ULI Germany Leadership Award is awarded annually in the categories Real Estate Management, Urban Design, Young Leader and Lifetime Achievement and since 2017 also as Innovation Award.