Our Team

Howard R. Conant, Jr.


The company's founding member and owner is Howard R. Conant, Jr. In his role as Chairman of Urban Innovations, Howard leads the executive staff and has the responsibility for acquisition and development, financial analysis and negotiation of major transactions. He is a leader in loft development and renovation with more than 35 years of experience in real estate, architecture and construction.

Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a master's degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is active on the boards of Archeworks, Writers Theatre and the Chicago Committee of Human Rights Watch.

UC Berkeley, Master, Architecture
Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts, English

Human Rights Watch Chicago Committee
Gilda's Club Chicago
Restore Justice Illinois
Writers Theatre

The most satisfying part is to know that we have made a difference. The people of UI are consummate professionals, the best in the business. We led redevelopment of River North into a vibrant neighborhood. We continue to earn loyalty from our commercial tenants by providing exceptional service regardless of circumstance. And we continue to innovate.