• ULI empowers young real estate professionals in HK to transform Star Street neighbourhood

    25 January 2018

    (24 January 2018, Hong Kong) Urban Land Institute announced the winners of the ULI Young Real Estate Professionals Competition at the award ceremony at 23 January 2018. The First place is awarded to “A Slice of Hong Kong”, second place is “Constellation” and last but not least the honorable mention goes to “Livall Glowork”.


    “We are very delighted with the impressive proposals put together by the young professionals. This is definitely going to be an ongoing project for ULI to continue nurturing young professionals and giving back to this land we call home,” said John Fitzgerald, CEO of ULI Asia Pacific.

    The quality and creativity of the proposals were beyond expectations, coming from a diverse group of passionate university students and young professionals who are hoping to make a difference in their community.

    Through this collaborative effort, fresh and innovative ideas were injected into the project, manifesting many feasible solutions to better improve Hong Kong’s Star Street neighborhood.

    In addition to receiving mentoring from industry leaders to develop leading initiatives and significant cash, they also won the opportunity to present their winning ideas to industry experts at the 2018ULI Asia Pacific Summit in June in which they will receive valuable feedback.

    Last September, the ULI Young Leaders Group (YLG) Hong Kong of Urban Land Institute (ULI) hosted its first ever Hong Kong Urban Innovation Ideas Competition, calling on the young industry professionals to generate fresh thinking about the Star Street neighborhood in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district. The objective of the competition was to explore the development potential of the site and further revitalize the neighborhood. The competition was well received with 18 team submissions, showcasing diverse, creative, and practical solutions to a project relevant to the urbanization of Hong Kong.

    “It is such a rare and liberating opportunity for these teams to not only apply their skills in building an urban design and think critically from a business perspective, but to also truly make a contribution to their home and community,“ said Phil Kim, Managing Director, Asia, Jerde Partnership who was part of the competition’s judging panel.

    Urban Land Institute announced the winners of its first ever ULI Young Real Estate Professionals Competition at the award ceremony.

    The project took a year-long planning and could not be successful without the support of Swire Properties, especially when the biggest challenge was on identifying and securing the right site to host this competition. Much appreciation goes towards Swire Properties for their immense efforts in securing the site to allow for this project to take place. ULI will continue providing diverse opportunities like this competition for the younger generation to learn and also as a compelling way to give back to society.

    The judging panel consisted of senior executives from across the industry including Nicholas Brooke, Chairman, Professional Property Services Limited; Tim Blackburn, Chief Executive Officer, Mainland China, Swire Properties Limited; Mabelle Ma, Director, Development & Valuations, Swire Properties Limited; Sujata Govada, Founding and Managing Director, UDP International; Phil Kim, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Jerde Partnership; and Will Myles, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, RICS.

    The competition project team consists of four YLG members who volunteered their time to structure and put the competitions case together, they include: Douglas Wu, Executive Director of Fairland Holdings; Karie Kwan, Head of Research Operations, CBRE Asia Pacific; Dennis Ly, Deputy Managing Director, Chiaphua Limited; Kelly Mai, Marketing Manager, HEAD Architecture and Design Limited.


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