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.
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.
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.