ULI impact awards

The North Texas to Houston High Speed Rail was the winner of the Next Big Idea Award at the Urban Land Institute Impact Awards gala Tuesday night. Photo: Texas Central

Big thinkers and dreamers have shaped North Texas development since John Neely Bryan wandered into the area in 1839.

Last week, more than 700 gathered at an gala and soirée to celebrate vibrant, innovative projects that have a positive impact on the built environment in North Texas.

ULI impact awards

Margaret and Trammell Crow

This was the Urban Land Institute of North Texas‘ second annual Impact Awards, held at the Hilton Anatole. The event recognized several people and companies, as well as honored the legacy of one of the world’s most influential couples in local real estate, Trammell and Margaret Crow.

“The Impact Awards have gained an enthusiastic following in North Texas, attracting those interested in celebrating vibrant, innovative projects that have a positive impact on the built environment in our region,” said Pamela Stein, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute’s North District Council.

The ULI Impact Awards support transformative land use developments, best real estate practices, and creative visioning in the region. Owners, developers, architects, engineers or other professionals enter the awards, and are not required to be a ULI member to compete. Twenty-seven applications were submitted for the second annual awards competition.

The Vision Award went to Trammell and Margaret Crow, who transformed North Texas real estate during their lives. Crow family members accepted the award on their parents’ behalf, Harlan Crow, Lucy Billingsley, and Trammell S. Crow, all active in the real estate and environmental sectors. Clyde Jackson, chairman and CEO of Wynne Jackson, led informal, on-stage interviews of individuals, who knew, loved, and worked with Mr. and Mrs. Crow over the years.

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The Legacy West development in Frisco, designed by Ross Conway and his team at Gensler. All photos and renderings: Ross Conway

The Legacy West development in Frisco, designed by Ross Conway and his team at Gensler. All photos and renderings: Ross Conway

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

Ross Conway

Ross Conway

Ross Conway, AIA, LEED AP, is Senior Associate and Design Director in the Lifestyle Studio at Gensler’s Dallas offices, where he has worked for almost 14 years.

His portfolio includes big names like the Dallas Cowboys Headquarters (The Star) in Frisco, the Legacy West addition in Frisco, Preston Hollow Village, The Shops at Park Lane, The Gate in Frisco, The Music Factory in Irving, and the Brazos Riverfront in Waco.

One of his current tasks is the $100-million Bishop Arts redevelopment in North Oak Cliff, an enterprise he calls “a once-in-a-career project for me.”

Conway grew up in Arlington and earned a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He and his wife recently built a house in Urban Reserve, a Lake Highlands neighborhood of 50 modern, single-family homes, designed by a select group of regionally and nationally recognized architects, including Evan Beattie, the first person we interviewed for this series. He’s also on the architectural review committee there.

CandysDirt: Where are you with the Bishop Arts redevelopment?

Ross Conway: We will finish the design in next few months, and [developer] Exxir Capital wants to start construction in August for phase one. We want to gradually grow it over a two-year process, getting it built out to let people get used to it, and to take into consideration people’s concerns.

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