ULI Hines Student Competition

Since 2002, 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 year’s Toronto is the host city, with a challenge to develop a comprehensive development in an area near the mouth of the Don River.

View of the main competition site from the east.

Registered teams have access to this and other support materials through the competition OrgSync portal

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.

The 2018 finalist development schemes and teams are:

Full Press Release

University of Texas at Austin Wins 2017 Competition

A team representing the University of Texas at Austin took top honors and the $50,000 prize in the 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition with its winning master plan proposal to redevelop a Chicago site with a highly thoughtful, innovative approach to urban planning, design, and development.

2017 Competition Site View
The 2017 Competition site focused on the area of the Fleet Management facility located on Chicago’s north side. Image: ULI/Nathan Weber

Final proposals included teams from Carnegie Mellon University, Université Laval, and the University of Maryland
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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 2018 Hines Competition has ended and will return in 2019

2018 Competition Schedule

Team applications open:
October 16, 2017
Team applications deadline:
December 4, 2017
General competition:
January 15-29, 2018
Finalist teams announced:
February, 2018
Site visit by finalist teams representatives:
March, 2018
Finalist teams presentation and winner announced:
April, 2018

2017 Winner and Finalists

A team representing the University of Texas at Austin took top honors and the $50,000 prize in the 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition with its winning master plan proposal to redevelop a Chicago site with a highly thoughtful, innovative approach to urban planning, design, and development. Learn more about the 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition winning team and finalists.

For additional information, contact: HinesCompetition@uli.org

2018 ULI Hines Student Competition Study Site -- Toronto