ULI Hines Student Competition

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Since 2003, the ULI Hines Student Competition has challenged students to collaborate across disciplines and imagine a better built environment. Groups of five students form teams to devise a development program for a real site in a North American city, providing designs, market-based financial data, and related narratives.

This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team receives $50,000 and the finalist teams receive $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.

In 2018, Toronto hosted the competition, with a challenge to develop a comprehensive development in an area near the mouth of the Don River.

The 2018 finalist development schemes and teams were:

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Catching Up with Hines Alumni

More than 7,400 students have participated in the ULI Hines Student Competition since its first year in 2003. Below, Hines finalists and winners share stories about their competition experience and its impact on their professional lives.

Past Competitors

The application for the 2019 Competition is now open

2019 Competition Schedule

Team applications open:
October 18, 2018
Team applications deadline:
December 10, 2018
General competition:
January 14-28, 2019
Finalist teams announced:
February, 2019
Site visit by finalist teams representatives:
March, 2019
Finalist teams presentation and winner announced:
April, 2019

For additional information, contact: HinesCompetition@uli.org

2018 Winner

A team representing Cornell University took top honors in the 2018 Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition. Members of the Cornell team received a prize of $50,000 at the conclusion of the competition in Toronto on April 5, 2018. Cornell’s winning scheme, “Montage,” is a transformational mixed-use development at the junction of Toronto’s Downtown and East End neighborhoods. Learn more here.

2018 ULI Hines Student Competition Study Site -- Toronto