Gerald D. Hines, founder and chairman of the Hines real estate company, is the 2002 recipient of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionary Urban Development. Now in its 45th year, Hinesâ€™ highly respected firmâ€”one of the worldâ€™s largest, controls properties worldwide valued at more than $13 billion.
Hines, 77, has always believed in quality, and the concept of â€œa little something extraâ€ quickly became a standard in his projects. He is widely regarded as an industry visionary who raised the bar for commercial real estate in the last half of the 20th century, by commissioning top architects to design structures that would leave a distinctive imprint on the skyline.
His commitment to being the best and offering the best while remaining fiscally responsible has created a brand of excellence for the company: the Hines name has become synonymous with excellence in architecture, building materials, sustainability and business operations.
While the Hinesâ€™ organizationâ€™s products and services have expanded and diversified, its original philosophy remains unchanged: â€œBuildings of superior quality and architectural merit backed by responsive, professional management attract better tenants; command higher rents; and retain their value longer despite the ups and downs of real estate cycles.â€
Gerald D. Hines has forever changed the urban landscape by creating not just buildings, but placesâ€”places around the globe that people will remember and cherish.
(source: Urban Land Institute)