Calendar and Deadlines

The ULI Hines Student Competition is conducted in three stages.
Below is a sample schedule form the 2016 cycle that was completed in April.

Stage 1: Applications

October 1 to December 7, 2015

All graduate student teams that wish to participate in the ULI Hines Student Competition must submit an application showing that the team meets the criteria for interdisciplinary participation. ULI reserves the right to disqualify teams or to limit the number of participating teams. Review the eligibility requirements of the ULI Hines Student Competition.

  • The application system opens on October 1, 2015
  • Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on December 7, 2015.
  • All teams will be notified by e-mail no later than December 16, 2015, of their eligibility to participate.

Teams deemed ineligible will have the opportunity to work with ULI staff to change their team composition in order to qualify.

Stage 2: Competition

January 11−25, 2016

Each team develops a response to the urban design and development problem posed by the competition.

The competition will kick off at 10 a.m. EST, January 11, 2016, when instructions for accessing the online project briefing materials will be e-mailed to all team leaders and team e-mail addresses. The briefing materials will include a comprehensive problem statement, background information about the site, market information, any relevant existing design proposals, maps, and other information. Teams will also be given a list of required presentation materials.

All proposals submitted to ULI must have an e-mail time and date stamp that is no later than 11:00 p.m. EST on January 25, 2016.

The jury will meet in February to choose four finalist teams, plus honorable mention teams.

Stage 3: Finalist Preparation and Presentation

March and April 2016

Finalist teams will have the opportunity to expand their original proposals and respond in more detail to the problem posed by the competition.

In March, the competition will pay for one member of each finalist team to travel to the site location and meet with local experts in order to revise and enhance their proposal.

In April, the competition will pay for the finalist teams to travel to the site to participate in a mandatory dress rehearsal in front of a mock jury. The following day, each team will present to the jurors, ULI guests, students, and others. That day will culminate in the announcement of the winner.

2017 Competition

The 15th ULI Hines Student Competition for 2017 will announce its official schedule this summer. The projected schedule includes:

  • Early October, 2016: Teams begin applying to compete.
  • Early December, 2016: Deadline to apply as a team.
  • Mid- December, 2016: Teams notified of eligibility.
  • Mid-January, 2017: Competition period.
  • Late February 2017: Finalist teams announced.
  • March 2017: Site visit by a representative from each finalist team.
  • April 2017: Final presentations and winner announced.

For additional information, contact udcompetition@uli.org.

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