2018 Vision Awards
On Thursday, August 30th, we hosted the 12th Annual ULI Southeast Florida / Caribbean Vision Awards — an event dedicated to recognizing excellence in land use and real estate development in the Southeast Florida and Caribbean region. Over 730 guests joined us at the JW Marriott Marquis for this year’s event Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Craig Robins, CEO and President of Dacra as well as the Young Leader of the Year Ryan Shear, Principal of PMG. We were also proud to name Lotus Village the 2018 Project of the Year. Congratulations to all of our honorees and Project Finalists. Thank you for the example you set for our industry and our region.
This year’s event was hosted by Anthony Graziano – Senior Managing Director of Integra Realty Resources and Chair of the ULI Leadership Institute and Robert Given – Vice Chairman, Capital Markets of Cushman & Wakefield and Chair of the ULI Miami Investor Symposium
2018 Project of the Year: Lotus Village
Lotus Village is a mixed-use 120,000 square foot “village” offering combined state of the art shelter facilities and supportive services to homeless individuals and families and the larger Overtown neighborhood. Since its inception in 2006, Lotus House Shelter has assisted more than 2,000 homeless women and children. With its expansion into Lotus Village, the organization has created a space that fosters the dynamic use of specialized services while building community and improving its ability to serve.
The five story complex features 140 living units plus courtyards, fountains, community rooms, training centers, wellness centers, a playground, computer library, exercise and meditation room, art and activities lab, and dining pavilion. The village also features a vegetable garden, teaching kitchen, beauty salon, and a neighborhood health clinic with women’s wellness and pediatric services.
The facility also boasts museum quality art and a rich network of service providers and resources within the larger community. With the ability to support 500 people, Lotus Village is the largest in the nation exclusively serving women and children, and serves as a model for comprehensive living and empowerment centers worldwide.
Project Finalists Video
2018 Project of the Year Finalists
AC Hotel San Juan Condado San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Faena District Miami Beach, Florida
Institute of Contemporary Art Miami Miami, Florida
The Lennar Foundation Medical Center Coral Gables, Florida
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Craig Robins
Craig Robins is an entrepreneur, real estate developer and art collector. As one of Miami’s leading real estate investors and the CEO and President of Dacra, the real estate development company that he founded in 1987, Craig focuses on developing creative communities that integrate art, design and architecture to enrich urban life and accelerate asset value creation. Dacra has spearheaded some of the most successful and transformative projects in Miami’s history, including South Beach, the Lincoln Road area, Allison Island and the Miami Design District, an 18-square block neighborhood dedicated to fashion, design and art that incorporates the work of emerging and established architects, site-specific public art and the stores by the world’s most significant luxury brands.
In the late 1980s through early 1990s, Robins played an integral role repositioning and revitalizing Miami’s South Beach through the restoration of Art Deco landmarks and the creation of new commercial and cultural opportunities. Dacra later acquired an 8.5 acre parcel of land on Allison Island where they created a New Urbanist residential community, AQUA featuring contemporary art and modern architecture. The rapid appreciation of the asset value of the Miami Beach properties was attributable in part to Robins’ strategy of defining Dacra’s projects as destinations in the national and international conversation, a strategy he continues to employ today.
Robins began acquiring property in the once-abandoned Miami Design District almost twenty years ago, and in 2000 set about transforming the neighborhood into one of the most important global centers for cutting-edge design, fashion, food and art. In 2005, the neighborhood’s rapid renewal inspired the creation of Design Miami/ and subsequently Design Miami/ Basel, design fairs that have evolved into the premier global forum for collectible design. Robins is the show’s Chairman, which he owns in partnership with MCH Swiss Exhibition, the producers of Art Basel.
Robins was born in Miami Beach in 1963. He attended the University of Barcelona in 1982, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1984, and graduated from the University of Miami law school in 1987. He and his wife Jackie Soffer are the parents of six children.
Lifetime Achievement Award Video
2018 Young Leader of the Year: Ryan Shear
As Principal of PMG, a real estate development and investment firm operating in New York, Chicago and Miami, Ryan together with founder and leader Kevin Maloney oversees the company’s development operations nationwide. Through his dedicated emphasis on innovation and technology, he is leading the charge in creating housing solutions while also elevating luxury real estate in major markets across the country. Ryan has been responsible for numerous projects including Sage Beach, Echo Aventura, Echo Brickell, X Social Communities, and Muse Residences in Sunny Isles.
Ryan has been instrumental in transforming PMG’s portfolios and divisions to meet the demands of the changing market and evolving consumer preferences. With many millennials looking for alternative housing options, he has spearheaded the X Social Communities division tailored to these young and modern professionals to tap into this underserved market. X Social Communities aims to revolutionize apartment living in urban cores across the country by bringing community-driven and tech savvy projects to market that address the rising rent epidemic. He oversees and manages all of these properties nationwide, including X Miami in the heart of Downtown Miami, X Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, and X Biscayne.
Ryan seeks to create projects that stand out from the competition by creating timeless, classic, long-lasting developments that enhance the local community and add to overall value. Under Ryan’s leadership, his team stays aware of the needs and wants of homeowners even after developments have been completed and the units have been sold. This mentality is the driving force behind PMG’s Live Different initiative and is a part of every project that the team works on.
Ryan’s passion for innovation is evident in the state-of the art technology he incorporates into PMG projects, including state-of-the-art SMART home technology including home control systems, integrated audio, app-controlled video and lighting systems, automated rack and rail parking, biometric technology, and wellness features which include advanced air purification, automated wellness amenities and dynamic lighting.
This year’s Vision Awards was made possible by:
2018 Vision Awards Committee
Patrick T. Ramge, Chair & Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
William G. Hardin III
Kevin P. Rogan
2018 Vision Awards Sponsors