ULI Hines Student Competition

A total of 113 teams (565 students) submitted complete entries to the 2020 ULI Hines Student Competition. To learn more about the challenge, take a look at the 2020 Challenge Brief and view all the 2020 submissions in the Submission Gallery.

Watch the 2020 ULI Hines Student Competition Finals

The ULI Hines Student Competition—entering its 19th year in 2021—offers graduate students the opportunity to form their own multidisciplinary teams and engage in a challenging exercise in responsible land use. Teams of five students pursuing degrees in at least three different disciplines have two weeks to devise a development program for a real, large-scale site in a North American city. Teams provide graphic boards and narratives of their proposals including designs and market-feasible financial data.

This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that anyone will apply the submitted schemes to the site. The winning team receives $50,000 and the finalist teams each receive $10,000. One representative from each of the four finalist teams receives 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 where the jury selects the winning project.

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.

Longtime ULI leader Gerald D. Hines, founder of the Hines real estate organization, created the competition with a generous endowment after he received the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development in 2002.

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2020 ULI Hines Competition Postcard – Universities

2020 ULI Hines Competition Postcard – Members

2021 Competition Dates
Register September 1 – Dec. 13, 2020
Competition Jan. 11 – 25, 2021
Finalists Announced February 2021
Finalists Visit Sites March 2021
Finalist Presentations and Winner Announced April 2021

Competition Mission

The competition strives to encourage cooperation and teamwork – necessary talents in the planning, design, and development of great places – among future real estate professionals and the many allied professions.

About the Competition