ULI Hines Student Competition

2016 competition juror Dennis Dornan

2016 competition juror Dennis Dornan

Team Applications Open: October 10, 2016
Team Applications Due: December 5, 2016

JANUARY 923, 2017

How to Apply

The ULI Hines Student Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The competition engages multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.

This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team receives $50,000 and the finalist teams receive $10,000 each. One representative from each finalist team gets an all-expenses-paid site tour in the selected competition city prior to the final  presentation. All participating finalist students attend the all-expenses-paid final presentation in the host city to select the winner of the competition.

Congratulations to Harvard’s “Midtown Beat” Team

A team representing Harvard University took top honors and the $50,000 prize in the 2016 ULI Hines Student Competition with its winning master plan proposal to transform a Midtown Atlanta site into a thriving, sustainable, mixed-use, walkable, and transit-accessible neighborhood.

2016 Hines Student Competition Winners

Benjamin Perdomo, Stephany Lin, Jonathan Andrews, Chris Merritt, Caroline Filice Smith

The winning proposal was created by Jonathan Andrews, Master of Landscape Architecture; Chris Merritt, Master of Landscape Architecture: Stephany Lin, Master of Urban Planning: Benjamin Perdomo, Master in Design Real Estate and the Built Environment; and Caroline Filice Smith, Master of Architecture in Urban Design; and it was coached by faculty adviser Alex Krieger, professor in practice of urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The Harvard team ousted another team from Harvard University, one from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and one from the University of Miami. Each of the remaining three finalist teams won $10,000.

Learn more about the winning team and finalists.

Learn more about the competition site and download the competition brief (PDF 3.1 mb). E-mail udcompetition@uli.org with any questions.

Catching Up with Hines Alumni

More than 6,800 students have participated in the ULI Hines Student Competition since its first year in 2003. Below, Hines finalists and winners share stories about their competition experience and its impact on their professional lives.

Past Competitors

2017 Competition Schedule

  • October 10, 2016: Teams begin applying to compete.
  • December 5, 2016: Deadline to apply as a team.
  • December 16, 2016: Teams notified of eligibility.
  • January 923, 2017: Competition period.
  • Late February 2017: 4 Finalist teams announced.
  • March 2017: Site visit by a representative from each finalist team.
  • April 2017: Final presentations and winner announced.

For additional information, contact: HinesCompetition@uli.org

Why You Should Compete