Mission & History

Mission: The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.

To be a global organization and to fulfill its mission, ULI has a strong presence in Asia Pacific. The opportunity to assist with challenges presented by the region’s rapid urbanisation, the potential of significant growth in membership and influence for the Institute, and the committed support of ULI’s Asia Pacific leadership combine to make it the right time for ULI’s investment in the region.

The first ULI Asia office was opened in Hong Kong in the fall of 2007.  In its first few months ULI Asia has energized the Asia leadership base in North and South Asia and delivered quality programs to more than 1000 professionals at ULI events in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai.

ULI Asia Pacific has enjoyed tremendous growth for the past years, with more than 2,500 members from across the region. The Institute has strong presence in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and South Korea.

ULI is committed to:

  • Bringing together leaders from across the fields of real estate and land use policy to exchange best practices and serve community needs;
  • Fostering collaboration within and beyond ULI’s membership through mentoring, dialogue, and problem solving;
  • Exploring issues of urbanization, conservation, regeneration, land use, capital formation, and sustainable development;
  • Advancing land use policies and design practices that respect the uniqueness of both the built and natural environments;
  • Sharing knowledge through education, applied research, publishing, and electronic media; and
  • Sustaining a diverse global network of local practice and advisory efforts that address current and future challenges.

Established in 1936, the Institute today has more than 45,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of the land use and development disciplines. ULI relies heavily on the experience of its members. It is through member involvement and information resources that ULI has been able to set standards of excellence in development practice. The Institute has long been recognized as one of the world’s most respected and widely quoted sources of objective information on urban planning, growth, and development.

Organizational Priorities

Advising communities in need
Deliver the experience and expertise of ULI members to communities facing critical land use challenges

Shaping cities and regions
Foster the planning and development of vibrant, competitive metropolitan areas through sharing global best practices and promoting effective relationships among business, government, and community stakeholders

Developing excellence through education
Create learning experiences that develop professional expertise and personal leadership skills in support of the individual, the community, and the real estate industry

Driving innovation in real estate and urban development
Analyze the evolution of real estate market demand, changing technology, policy trends, and investment patterns to help identify opportunities, develop creative responses, and manage risk

Building sustainably
Clarify the connections between responsible use of resources, the built environment, and long-term environmental health, and demonstrate a compelling business case for resource efficiency

Connecting capital and the built environment
Ensure the attractiveness of real estate to global allocators of capital by understanding and explaining the dynamics affecting real estate value