2019 Hines Winner and Finalists

About the 2019 Winning Proposal and Team

Press Release

On April 4 in Cincinnati, following presentations by all four finalist teams, the Jury selected the 2019 ULI Hines Student Competition Winner. Click on the proposal title below to learn more about their development schemes and find links to their presentation boards and other documents:

  • Team 192019 – The CincyStitch – Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University
Representatives of the ULI Hines Student Competition winning proposal “The Cincy.Stitch” left to right: Matthew Macchietto (Harvard), Zhicheng Xu (MIT), Shiqi Peng (MIT), Alan Sage (MIT), and Joshua Brooks (MIT), and Alex Rose, Jury Chair and senior vice president of development at Continental Development Corporation at the competition finals in Cincinnati, OH, at the Westin Cincinnati, April 4, 2019.

About the 2019 Finalist Teams

Press Release

On February 12, the Jury selected the four finalist teams. Click on each proposal title below to learn more about their development schemes and find links to their presentation boards and other documents:

  • Team 190506 – The ANCHOR – University of Cincinnati
Representatives of the ULI Hines Student Competition finalist proposal “The Anchor” from the University of Cincinnati, left to right: Patrick Maney, Rachel Kallicharan, Lorrin Kline, Varsha Iyengar, and Danielle Campbell.
  • Team 191932 – The Landing – The University of Texas at Austin
Representatives of the ULI Hines Student Competition finalist proposal “The Landing” from the University of Texas at Austin, left to right: Victoria Freeman, Hailey Brown, Eric Joyce, Trent Tunks, and Andres Manrique.
Representatives of the ULI Hines Student Competition finalist proposal “Cincinnati United” from the University of Texas at Austin, left to right: Caroline Tate, Andrew Jacobs, Nian Chen, Yang Yang, and John Mark Devlin.

About the 2019 Honorable Mentions

The jury selected nine honorable mentions:

  • Team 190101 – “Over | Under” – Yale UniversityThe jury appreciated the substantial reuse of operating revenues from the parking lots, recognition of transit, utilization of existing public infrastructure, and strong pro forma.
  • Team 190505 – “Looping the Banks” – Georgia Institute of TechnologyThis proposal was well thought out across the board, both in its design and its analysis. The jury appreciated that it managed to check almost every box in the criteria provided in the challenge brief.
  • Team 191863 – “Equilibrium” – Kansas State University and University of Missouri-Kansas CityThe jury appreciated the big idea of this proposal’s atrium and underground uses + hops/brewery as unique and relevant to the climate.
  • Team 191870 – “EXPO Cincy” – The Ohio State UniversityThe jury recognized this proposal’s detailed focus on Second Street, which dealt well with the significant problem of traffic and built on the entertainment district. The jury also recognized the outside-the-box graphic design.
  • Team 191916 – “Encore” – Cornell UniversityThis proposal had a great story, told well. It also included strong sustainability aspects and did a nice job of stepping down to the river and bringing the park to the residential district.
  • Team 192021 – “The 8th Hill” – University of MiamiThe jury recognized the good financial modeling as well as big thinking in this proposal and appreciated the full operating model for the sky trams.
  • Team 198923 – “Cynapse Cincy” – Yale UniversityThe jury recognized the bold and creative plan to use an innovation/tech center to attract residents and visitors from beyond the region.
  • Team 199991 – “We_” – Kansas State University / University of Wisconsin – MadisonThe jury recognized that this proposal addressed Second and Third Streets in a way that few others did. Elsewhere in the proposal, closure of streets made a bold statement about how to tie the city to the riverfront neighborhood.
  • Team 199999 – “Elevate” – Harvard UniversityThis presentation board had some of the best renderings among all the entries.

About the 2019 Competition

Read the 2019 Challenge Brief.

View photos of the site in the flickr album.

Visit the ULI Cincinnati website.

Read the press release about Cincinnati and the site.

The 17th annual ULI Hines Student Competition challenged students to create a comprehensive development proposal for an area in Cincinnati, Ohio, comprising portions of a highway, the central business district, and the central riverfront along the Ohio River. Teams were asked to consider options for decking the highway, Fort Washington Way, and to propose development adjacent to it. The challenge asked teams to illustrate innovative approaches to five general elements: 1) planning context and analysis, 2) a master land use plan, 3) urban design, 4) site-specific illustrations of new development, and 5) development schedule and finances.