FAQs

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Five of us in a graduate program in real estate studies want to form a team. Our undergraduate degrees are in three different real estate−oriented disciplines: planning, architecture, and landscape architecture. Does that qualify as a multidisciplinary team?

It depends. If you are all enrolled in a traditional degree program, such as an MBA or M.Arch., your undergraduate degrees would not be relevant and could not be considered in the formula for team formation. However, if your entire team is enrolled in a recognized multidisciplinary graduate degree program—and can provide evidence of its status as a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary program—you may use your undergraduate degrees in the formula for team formation. For more details, review How to Form a Team.

Our team is composed of one MBA candidate, three M.Arch. candidates, and one pursuing a joint-degree M.Arch. and MUP. Does that qualify as a multidisciplinary team?

Yes. Students enrolled in joint- and dual-degree programs must choose which of the programs they are representing on the team. That decision is entirely up to the students and team members.

What are design disciplines?

For the purpose of this competition, design disciplines are architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and historic preservation.

Our university’s graduate architecture and real estate programs are accredited by NAAB and AACSB, but our university’s graduate landscape architecture program is not accredited by LAAB. Does that disqualify our team?

No. Only the university or college needs to be accredited by a nationally recognized U.S. or Canadian accrediting body.

Will ULI require certification that student members of a team are enrolled graduate students in relevant programs?

The only certification required is the signature of the head of the sponsoring program on the application form. When teams reach the finalist stage, ULI will independently verify the teams’ eligibility.

When the competition site is announced, may we visit the site?

Yes, but you may not contact the site owners or public agencies involved.

Under what circumstances will a team be allowed to continue after a team member or faculty or professional adviser resigns or is replaced?

ULI will respond with a favorable ruling if the faculty adviser requests a waiver in writing and if the circumstances are exceptional and unavoidable.

Can a team replace a faculty adviser?

The program head who signed the team’s application must request a waiver in writing and explain the circumstances, and name a new faculty adviser.

To what extent can other students, faculty, and professional advisers participate in the team’s efforts?

Only in an advisory capacity. They may not draw or write anything that appears in the team’s presentation at any stage of the competition.

Can a foreign national participate on a team?

Graduate students who are citizens of any nation may participate on a team representing any accredited U.S. or Canadian university.

I am a fifth-year student in a five-year terminal-degree professional program (B.Arch.). Am I eligible to form or join a team?

Yes, but you must complete the B.Arch./BLA verification form, and submit it along with your team’s application.

Can a faculty or professional adviser advise more than one student team?

Yes, as long as the teams are aware of the situation.

Can a graduate student be on more than one team?

No.

May the secondary adviser be another faculty member rather than a developer or practicing professional?

Yes. However, to maintain the multidisciplinary spirit of the competition, the two faculty advisers must be from different disciplines.

Are members of previous winning teams eligible to participate in the current competition?

All participants from the four finalist teams from all previous years’ competitions are ineligible. Members of the jury, the competition advisers, all employees and officials of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the employees, associate interns, and immediate family members of any of the aforementioned parties are ineligible to compete.

Can a faculty adviser for the winning team of a previous competition serve as faculty adviser this year?

There is no restriction on the eligibility of faculty advisers from year to year.

I am graduating in June 2014, but my coursework should be completed by February 2014. May I participate in the 2014 competition?

Only if you are fully enrolled in the semester during which the competition is conducted (i.e., the spring semester). “Fully enrolled” means that you are registered in a degree-granting graduate program and that you are a full-time student. If your program is structured as a work-study program leading to a graduate degree, you may participate. All other part-time students taking graduate courses do not qualify as participants in this competition.

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