ULI Hines Student Competition

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.

The 2016 Competition is Underway
Registered teams of students are looking at a development challenge in Midtown Atlanta. Visit the press release for an overview of this year’s competition. For additional details please download the competition brief (PDF 3.1 mb).

Terps Win for Second Consecutive Year

The winning team represented the University of Maryland. From left: Sebastian Dern, Ashley Grzywa, Patrick Reed, Sofia Weller, and Daniel Moreno-Holt

From left: Sebastian Dern, Ashley Grzywa, Patrick Reed, Sofia Weller, and Daniel Moreno-Holt of the University of Maryland

A team representing the University of Maryland won the $50,000 grand prize in the 2015 ULI Hines Student Competition for graduate students. This year’s competition challenged the teams to devise a comprehensive design and development program for neighborhoods in downtown New Orleans.

The Terps edged out two teams from Harvard University and a joint team representing the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin – Madison in the 13th annual competition.

Downtown New Orleans was chosen as the 2015 design challenge. The competition tasked the student teams with devising a comprehensive design and development program for parts of the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods that would transform the area into a thriving urban neighborhood that takes advantage of its location, including its proximity to the French Quarter, adjacency to a medical district, and interaction with the Lafitte Greenway.

Learn more in the press release and competition brief (PDF 2.8 MB). E-mail udcompetition@uli.org with any questions.

2015 Hines Winner and Finalists

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

2016 Competition Schedule

Important dates for the 14th urban design and development challenge for graduate students:

  • October 1, 2015: Teams begin applying to compete.
  • December 7, 2015: Deadline to apply as a team.
  • December 16, 2015: Teams notified of eligibility.
  • January 11–25, 2016: Competition period.
  • February 2016: Finalist teams announced.
  • March 2016: Site visit by a representative from each finalist team.
  • April 2016: Final presentations and winner announced.

Download the 2016 ULI Hines Student Competition poster.

For additional information, contact udcompetition@uli.org.

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