ULI is a nonprofit research and education organization that facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.
Born in 1936, during the Great Depression, the Urban Land Institute had original objectives that were very similar to its guiding principles today.
These early objectives were:
The Institute’s continuing focus on nonpartisan research and education has made it one of the world’s most respected and quoted organizations in urban planning, land use, and development. ULI membership has grown from 230 members at its start to more than 40,000 professionals in 50 states. Through the direction and support of its members, the Institute is well positioned to provide responsible leadership in the use of land.
ULI initiates research that anticipates emerging land use trends and issues, proposing creative solutions based on that research. ULI’s practice program is interdisciplinary and practical, focusing on trends and the basics of many different parts of the industry:
ULI documents best practice and publishes books to impart cumulative knowledge to help the development community continuously improve its performance.