ULI Hines Competition

The ULI Hines 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.

Downtown New Orleans Site Selected for 2015 Competition


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A downtown neighborhood in New Orleans has been chosen as the site for the 13th annual ULI Hines Competition. The 2015 competition challenges the student teams to devise a comprehensive design and development program for parts of the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville downtown neighborhoods that not only transforms the area into a thriving urban neighborhood, but also highlights its locational advantages, including its proximity to the French Quarter, adjacency to a medical district, and interaction with the Lafitte Greenway.

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

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.

A team from the University of Maryland won the 2014 Hines Competition.

A team from the University of Maryland won the 2014 ULI Hines Competition. From left are Andrew Casavant, Matthew Miller, Rameez Munawar, David Ensor, and Amina Mohamed.

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.

Past Competitors

2015 Competition Schedule

Important dates for the 13th urban design and development challenge for graduate students:

  • October 8, 2014: Teams begin applying to compete.
  • December 8, 2014: Deadline to apply as a team.
  • December 15, 2014: Teams notified of eligibility.
  • January 12–26, 2015: Competition period. Consult the 2015 competition brief (PDF 2.8 MB)
  • February 2015: Finalist teams announced.
  • March 2015: Site visit by a representative from each finalist team.
  • April 2015: Final presentations and winner announced.

For additional information, contact udcompetition@uli.org.

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