The ULI/Hines Competition in the News
The 2021 ULI/Hines Student Competition continues in KCMO. Read more about here.
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WASHINGTON (February 23, 2021) – Four teams have been selected as the finalists for the 19th annual ULI / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, an event that challenges graduate students to devise a comprehensive design and development plan for a real site in an urban area.
This year’s competition asked students for proposals to create a thriving mixed-use, mixed-income area in the East Village neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The challenge brief asked the students to address housing affordability, equity, transportation, mobility, sustainability, and resilience in their proposals. The competition, which began January 11, simulates an actual design, planning, and development scenario, and reflects Kansas City’s vision to ensure its Greater Downtown is a vibrant, connected core for the city and region. The four teams now advance to the final round of the competition in April, where they will compete for a $50,000 prize.
The finalists are:
The finalists were chosen from 105 entries by a jury of 16 leading ULI members representing a broad variety of real estate and related disciplines. This year, students formed teams representing 61 different universities in the United States, Canada, and Singapore, including 31 teams with students from more than one university.
2021 ULI Hines Jury Chair and ULI Trustee Diana Reid of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, remarked on the ability of participants to rise to the challenge of remote collaboration. “Even though teams weren’t able to meet in person, they produced proposals that were every bit as sophisticated as in prior years,” said Reid. “It was inspiring for the jurors to see the next generation of the real estate industry. Ultimately the final four teams had a strong vision aligned with the challenge, balanced urban design with financial feasibility, demonstrated teamwork, and showed potential to improve on their original proposals in the finals.”
Nine entries received Honorable Mention recognition: East Village Link from University of Calgary; reRoot from The Ohio State University; The Bowline from Columbia University in the City of New York; The Combine from University of Cincinnati; The Junction from Cornell University; The KC Knot from Carnegie Mellon University; The Prairie from University of Miami and University of California Berkeley; The Spine from University of Waterloo and University of Toronto (U of T); and The Weave from University of California Berkeley.
During the last phase of the competition, the finalist teams will have the opportunity to expand their original projects and provide more detail for their plans. The finalists will meet with local stakeholders on March 5 to learn even more about the site and city, and present to a Rehearsal Jury on March 19. At the finals on April 8, each team will rehearse their presentations in front of the same jury of ULI members that selected the finalists, and the jury will select the winning team that day. The winning team will receive a $50,000 prize, with $5,000 of the total going to the university or universities the team represents. Each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $10,000.
The competition jury consists of renowned experts from diverse backgrounds in commercial real estate, land use, and design. In addition to Jury Chair Diana Reid, members of the jury are: Randy Bredar, senior vice president, JE Dunn Construction, Kansas City, Missouri; Lynn Carlton, vice president regional planning, HOK, Kansas City, Missouri; Fernando Costa, assistant city manager, City of Fort Worth, Texas; John Gilmore, managing director, Walker & Dunlop, New York, New York; Kona Gray, principal, EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Veronica Hackett, principal, The Clarett Group, New York, New York; Faron A. Hill, founder and president, Peregrine Oak, Atlanta, Georgia; Steve Kenat, principal, GBBN, Cincinnati, Ohio; Jill McCarthy, senior vice president, Kansas City Area Development Council, Kansas City, Missouri; Susan Meaney, senior advisor, KSL Capital Partners, San Francisco, California; Joe Perry, vice president, Port KC, Kansas City, Missouri; Geeti Silwal, principal, Perkins&Will, San Francisco, California; Amy Slattery, founder and chief executive officer, Odimo, Kansas City, Missouri; Lauren Standish, vice president, HGOR, Atlanta, Georgia; Margaret Wylde, chief executive officer, ProMatura Group, LLC, Oxford, Mississippi.
The ULI Hines Student Competition was created with a generous endowment from longtime ULI leader Gerald Hines, founder of the Hines real estate organization. The program is part of an ongoing ULI effort to raise interest among young people in creating better communities and improving urban development patterns. The competition encourages cooperation and teamwork—necessary talents in the planning, design, and development of sustainable communities—among future land use professionals and allied professions. More information about the 2021 competition is available online.