The ULI Hines Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students.
The competition challenges 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.
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Congratulations to the 2014 ULI Hines Competition Winners
A team of graduate students representing the University of Maryland took top honors at the 12th annual ULI Hines Competition with its winning plan to redevelop a Nashville neighborhood as a healthy community.
An ideas competition, the ULI Hines program is designed to simulate an actual urban design and development scenario.
The 2014 competition was based on a hypothetical situation in which the site owners had asked for a proposal that transforms the historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood. As part of ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative, the 2014 competition asked the student teams to submit a development proposal that would promote healthy living for the residents of Sulphur Dell. (Learn more about the site and download the 2014 competition brief.)
The University of Maryland’s winning design—the “Chords”—proposed a partnership between the existing landowners working together under a common developer. The design captured the experiences of a diverse group of people brought together by regional connectors, culture, living, and fitness “strings.” The “strings” are intended to strengthen the connections to downtown and surrounding communities, as well as nearby amenities such as the ballpark, waterfront, and Centennial Mall. View the team’s proposal.
As the winning team, the University of Maryland students together received $50,000. They edged out teams from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin, each of which received $10,000.
In 2014, 163 teams comprising 815 students from 72 universities in the United States and Canada participated in the first round of the competition. Established with a generous endowment from longtime ULI leader Gerald D. Hines, the competition strives to encourage cooperation and teamwork—necessary talents in the planning, design, and development of sustainable communities—among future land use professionals and allied professions, such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, engineering, real estate development, finance, psychology, and law.
Catching Up with Hines Alumni
More than 4,000 students have participated in the ULI Hines 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.