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.

2015 Competition Finalists Announced


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Four university teams, including two from Harvard University, one from the University of Maryland, and a joint team of students from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, have been selected as the finalists for the thirteenth annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Competition.

A downtown neighborhood in New Orleans was chosen as the site for the competition. It challenged 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.

In the final phase of the competition, the student finalist teams will have the opportunity to expand their original schemes and respond in more detail. In March, a member of each team will be brought to New Orleans to tour the site and revise their presentations. On April 9, finalist team members will present their schemes to the competition jury members during a public forum in New Orleans. The event will culminate with the announcement of the winning team.

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

2015 Hines Finalists



Catching Up with Hines Alumni

More than 6,800 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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