Impact Awards

Impact Awards 2018

October 25th | 6-9 pm
Renaissance Dallas Hotel

Impact Awards


The North Texas District Council of the Urban Land Institute honored retail giant and Dallas Legend Roger Staubach with its prestigious Vision Award on Thursday evening, October 25th, 2018 at the 4th Annual Impact Awards. Over 500 of the region’s real estate leaders packed the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Dallas Hotel to salute Roger Staubach’s real estate career, leadership, and dedication to improving the lives of those around him.  Staubach, who entered the real estate world in 1971 as a back-up to his football career, went on to found The Staubach Company, an innovator in tenant brokerage.  Staubach subsequently sold his company to JLL and continued there until his retirement last summer.

Following the presentation of the Vision Award, Staubach and his long-time friend and Naval Academy roommate, real estate developer and philanthropist Ron Terwilliger, held a “fireside chat” on stage.  Their wide-ranging conversation included stories from the world of professional sports as well as real estate, including a recounting of Staubach’s amusement at being recognized on an overseas trip as “the real estate guy” instead of for his early success with the Dallas Cowboys.


| About The Impact Awards |


Each year ULI North Texas honors the Impact of one prominent Real Estate visionary that has made an undeniable mark upon the region of North Texas. Previous recipients of the ULI Vision Award in North Texas are H. Ross Perot and Ross Perot Jr. (2015), the legacy of Trammell and Margaret Crow (2016), and Herbert Weitzman (2017).  Proceeds from the gala benefit educational and volunteer programs of ULI’s North Texas District Council, including the award-winning mentoring program, “Building Industry Leaders,” created by ULI’s Young Leaders in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.

In addition to the Vision Award, ULI presented Impact Awards in 4 distinct categories.  Applications for these awards are reviewed by a jury of experienced ULI members from across the US, representing multiple disciplines within real estate. Submissions were accepted for any of the categories below:

Innovation: Recognizes originality and creativity in design, placemaking, support for transit use, green techniques, financing (including public/private partnerships), innovative land use or community planning, or other development features.

Influence:  Seeks 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 positive effect on the built environment.

Public Place:  Highlights a public sector, non-profit, public/private partnership or privately funded project providing the public enhanced civic, open or public space access or experiences.

Next Big Idea:  Submissions do not have to be completed projects! We seek innovative ideas that can positively impact the region’s quality of life, such as improving the quality of the built environment, the way in which planning and development are conducted, construction affordability, financing or other aspects of development.  What would make our region more resilient? More enjoyable?

Our 2018 Impact Award Winners, announced during the Gala on October 25th, are: 


Influence Award: 

  • Legacy West, submitted by Rogers-O’Brien Construction

Innovation Award: 

  • 400 Record, submitted by Gensler

Public Places Award: 

  • Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, “A Tasteful Place,” submitted by Rogers-O’Brien Construction

The Next Big Idea Award:

  • Smart Growth for Dallas, submitted by The Trust for Public Land

And this year, the Jury’s Special Award for Excellence in Execution & Sustainable Design:

  • Toyota Motor North American Headquarters, submitted by KDC



About the Urban Land Institute


The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit, education and research institute, supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating, thriving communities worldwide.  Established in 1936, the Institute has roughly 40,000 members worldwide and 1400+ members in North Texas, representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.