ULI’s annual Hines Student Competition offers graduate students nationwide the opportunity to engage in a land use idea development competition with a $50,000 grand prize.
The ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The Hines Competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site.
During the competition, teams of five students, representing at least three different disciplines pursuing at least three different degree programs, apply to participate. Once ULI announces the host city and challenge, the teams have two weeks to devise a comprehensive design and development program for an actual largescale site. Submissions consist of large-format presentation boards that include site plans, renderings, infographics, and market-feasible financial data. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.
Though based on real site conditions and challenges, there is no expectation that any of the submitted proposals will be applied to the site. To view previous submissions
and learn more about the competition format, visit the competition archives at uli.org/hines.
Midtown Miami Chosen as Site for 2020 Hines Student Competition
An area in Midtown Miami, split between the Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods, will be the study site for the 18th annual ULI Hines Student Competition. The competition, which opened January 13, simulates an actual design, planning, and development scenario, and reflects Miami’s vision to reduce congestion and become more resilient by encouraging walkable neighborhoods around transit nodes. The Florida East Coast Railway bisects the study area, where students will evaluate the potential to create a thriving, mixed-use neighborhood around a commuter train station. The competition asks students to consider issues of housing affordability, sustainability, and resilience in their proposals. Read more
The Study Area & Competition Site
The Study Area consists of six city blocks in Midtown Miami between NE 29th Street to the north, NE 26th Street to the South, North Miami Avenue to the west, and NE Second Avenue to the east. The study area includes the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) right-of-way, which splits the study area roughly in half. The western half falls within Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, while the eastern half falls within the Edgewater neighborhood.
The Competition Site consists of an aggregate 48 parcels across six city blocks within the Study Area. These parcels total approximately 10.2 acres, not including public right-of-way.
Miami to host 2020 ULI / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition
The 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.
For more information visit the ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition page.