The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition—now in its 12th year—is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students.
The Hines 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 will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.
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Congratulations to the 2014 Hines Finalists
Graduate student teams from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Austin will compete in Nashville for the 12th annual Hines Student Urban Design Competition and the grand prize of $50,000. The four teams will make their final proposals for developing the city’s historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood on April 3.
As part of ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, the 2014 competition asks 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.
Upcoming 2014 Competition Deadlines
- Site visit by finalist team representative: March 2014
- Finalist teams’ presentation: April 2-3, 2014
2014 Honorable Mentions
Eleven teams were also selected in 2014 for honorable mention. The jury commended:
- Ohio State University with “The Agora for its exploration of a bold move to add waterfront value
- The University of Pennsylvania with “Nesting Music” for its vision of a music theme
- University of California, Berkeley/University of Georgia team with “Geo-Connector” for its creative approach to food opportunities
- The University of Pennsylvania with “The Basins” for its landscape approach
- Harvard University/Columbia University team with “Sulphur Dell Revival Corridor” for its waterfront and corridor approach
- The University of Michigan with “Flood Harvest” for its water catchment storage and flood mitigation strategy
- Kent State University/Cleveland State University/Case Western Reserve University team with “Echosystem” for a its financial plan
- The Université Laval with “ecotone” for placemaking
- The University of Texas with “The Dell Flex” for its diagrammatic analysis and flood strategies
- The University of Miami with “Infields” for its urban agriculture and farming strategies
- Kent State University/Case Western Reserve University with “Second Nature” for its creative development of a financial scenario.
A joint team of graduate students representing Kansas State University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Kansas earned the $50,000 top prize in the 2013 Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The team edged out other finalists with its proposed development plan for a Minneapolis site near the Minnesota Vikings Stadium. Read more about the 2013 winning team and finalists.
Catching Up with Hines Alumni
More than 4,000 students have participated in the 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.