About the Competition

Gerald D. Hines

Competition founder Gerald D. Hines

The ULI Hines Student Competition—now in its 14th year—offers graduate students the opportunity to form their own multidisciplinary teams and engage in a challenging exercise in responsible land use.

Student teams comprising at least three disciplines will have two weeks to devise a comprehensive design and development program for a real, large-scale site full of challenges and opportunities. Submissions will consist of boards that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. (See past submissions.)

The ULI Hines Student Competition is part of the Institute’s ongoing effort to raise interest among young people in creating better communities, improving development patterns, and increasing awareness of the need for multidisciplinary solutions to development and design challenges.

This competition 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. 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.

2016 Competition Schedule

Important dates for the 14th urban design and development challenge for graduate students:

  • October 1, 2015: Teams begin applying to compete.
  • December 7, 2015: Deadline to apply as a team.
  • December 16, 2015: Teams notified of eligibility.
  • January 11–25, 2016: Competition period.
  • February 2016: Finalist teams announced.
  • March 2016: Site visit by a representative from each finalist team.
  • April 2016: Final presentations and winner announced.

For additional information, contact udcompetition@uli.org.

About the Competition