2014 Hines Competition Winner—University of Maryland

Entry Title: Chords
Team Number: 141856
School: University of Maryland


A team of graduate students representing the University of Maryland took top honors at the 2014 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition with its winning plan to redevelop a Nashville neighborhood as a healthy community.

An ideas competition, the ULI Hines program is designed to simulate an actual urban design and development scenario.

The 2014 competition was based on a hypothetical situation in which the site owners had asked for a proposal that transforms the historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood. As part of ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative, the 2014 competition asked 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.

The University of Maryland’s winning design—“Chords”—proposed a partnership between the existing private owners and the state of Tennessee. The design captured the experiences of a diverse group of people brought together by regional connectors, culture, living, and fitness “strings.” The “strings” are intended to strengthen the connections to downtown and surrounding communities, as well as nearby amenities such as the ballpark, waterfront, and Centennial Mall. View the team’s proposal.

As the winning team, the University of Maryland students together received $50,000. They edged out teams from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University and the University of Texas at Austin, each of which received $10,000.

In 2014, 163 teams comprising 815 students from 72 universities in the United States and Canada participated in the first round of the competition. Established with a generous endowment from longtime ULI leader Gerald D. Hines, the competition strives to encourage cooperation and teamwork—necessary talents in the planning, design, and development of sustainable communities—among future land use professionals and allied professions, such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, engineering, real estate development, finance, psychology, and law.


  • Andrew Casavant (Team Leader), Master of Community Planning
  • David Ensor, Master of Architecture
  • Matthew Miller, Master of Architecture
  • Amina Mohamed, Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Rameez Munawar, Master of Real Estate Development
  • Faculty adviser: Matthew J. Bell
  • Professional adviser: Tim Philips

Competition Materials

3 comments on “2014 Hines Competition Winner—University of Maryland

  1. Pingback: UMD Students are 2014 Finalists in ULI Competition | University of Maryland's Student Planning Association

  2. The presentation board is well thought out and put together! I love the play on words with chords and “chords.” Best of luck!

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