Jonathan F.P. Rose has been named the 2021 recipient of the ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, one of the most respected honors in the land-use and development community.

The $100,000 prize, in its 22nd year, recognizes an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to community building globally, who has established visionary standards of excellence in the land-use and development field, and whose commitment to creating the highest-quality built environment has led to the betterment of society.

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Rose, a longtime Urban Land Institute trustee, is founder and president of New York-based Jonathan Rose Cos., a national mission-driven real estate development, planning, and investment firm. The firm is a leader in green building practices and enhancing the social, health, and educational opportunities for residents through its Communities of Opportunity programming.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected to join the previous distinguished laureates who have received this prize,” Rose said. “The Urban Land Institute has long been the leading global force for best practices in real estate and community development. The planning and development of the right kind of communities are essential if we are to have a fair and just—and therefore, sustainable—society. Every element of opportunity, such as access to great schools, health care, good work, and safety, is place-based. I hope that this award will help shed a light on the ways that we can build and rebuild communities of opportunity that are affordable, safe, green, and socially just.”

Since founding his company in 1989, Rose has developed, acquired, and redeveloped or preserved more than 100 affordable and mixed-income, multi-use developments throughout the United States, often in partnership with nonprofit organizations and housing agencies. He is a longtime advocate for transit-oriented, mixed-income communities as a means of improving the health of both families and the environment. He was also among the early developers to make green building a priority in the development of affordable housing.

One of his latest projects is Sendero Verde, which will serve 700 families from the formerly homeless to those with middle-range incomes, in New York City’s East Harlem. Developed in partnership with L+M Development Partners and the Acacia Network, the community will be the largest Passive House project in North America and will feature a wide range of social, educational, and job training service.

Rose is also the author of “The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.”