About the Competition

Gerald D. Hines
Competition founder Gerald D. Hines

The ULI Hines Student Competition—entering now its 16th year—offers graduate students the opportunity to form their own multidisciplinary teams and engage in a challenging exercise in responsible land use.

Student teams comprising at least three disciplines will have two weeks to devise a comprehensive design and development program for a real, large-scale site full of challenges and opportunities. Submissions consist of graphic boards and narratives that include designs, and market-feasible financial data. (See past submissions.)

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.

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

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

For additional information, contact: HinesCompetition@uli.org

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.