The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.


The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI neither lobbies nor acts as an advocate for any single industry, but examines land use issues, impartially reports findings, and convenes forums to find solutions to complex land use problems, collaborating with industry and stakeholder groups worldwide. ULI advocates better land use planning, better growth patterns and better development to improve the overall quality of life in our communities.

Established in 1936, the Institute today has more than 38,000 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.

ULI was founded on the basis of sharing mistakes made and lessons learned, and this culture of sharing remains in place to day. No other group offers members such a unique opportunity to learn from each other and exchange information on what works and what doesn’t.

Our Members

The members of ULI Michigan are industry professionals, dedicated to promoting responsible leadership within the real estate, development, and land use industries.

For more information about ULI’s membership base, please visit our membership page.

Our Commitments

ULI Michigan is committed to:

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

Our Priorities

In order to provide solutions to the current challenges facing the industry, ULI Michigan strives to integrate the following priorities into our program of work:

Creating Resilient Communities

  • Identifying the best new models in the real estate and land use industry, and supporting the development of such models
  • Adapting and reusing existing real estate while eliminating obsolete space in order to create thriving communities
  • Influencing land use leaders in Michigan and around the world as they reshape the process of community building and develop social and physical infrastructure

Understanding Demand and Market Forces

  • Understanding the demand (quantity, type, price, and location of the need) for real estate and identifying both short term and long term market needs
  • Balancing local, regional, national, and global interests, as well as public and private interests, in terms of how they affect land use decisions and development
  • Understanding how changing technology influences buildings, development, and the way people interact with the physical environment

Connecting Capital and the Built Environment through Value

  • Generating greater-than-cost value in the built environment
  • Ensuring the attractiveness of real estate as an investment due to the continuing change and global-growth of institutional capital allocators
  • Demonstrating the relationship between investment in both public and private projects, and measuring the impact of such projects on real estate value

Promoting Intelligent Densification and Urbanization

  • Advancing the understanding of the relationship between a high quality of life and the built environment in order to promote the creation of high-quality, appropriately priced density that is attractive to users
  • Identifying the relationships between a thriving economy and a thriving city, and between a dynamic society and the built environment

Integrating Energy, Resources, and Uses Sustainably

  • Reducing the negative impact of the built environment on our natural resources and climate
  • Promoting the best uses the world’s energy resources to protect the built environment from volatile and unpredictable conditions
  • Identifying trends in energy and resources, and understanding how these trends will affect the future best use of land