Please consider volunteering your time in 2018 as a mentor to one of the University of Texas teams. This is a rewarding exercise for everyone involved and a great way to give back to the profession.
This year’s ULI Hines Student Competition wrapped up Jan. 23, 2017. This competition offers multidisciplinary graduate students at universities nationwide a chance to engage in a challenging exercise in responsible land planning. The University of Texas at Austin, led by Simon Atkinson and Edna Ledesma, entered the competition with eight teams. The teams, typically consisting of landscape architects, architects, planners and MBA students, have two weeks to design a development program for a real site in the United States. The site is located in an urban context and the team is given background information about the city, the history of the site and the desires of the developer the morning the competition begins. Several mentors assigned to each team provide advice and guidance on the design. The mentors are members of the Austin community in the fields of development, finance, architecture, landscape architecture and engineering. The final submissions consist of boards that include drawings, site plans, tables and market-feasible financial data.
This year’s site was in the heart of Chicago in an area adjacent to the North Branch of the Chicago River. Applications were submitted by 130 teams representing nearly 60 universities in the United States and Canada. Of those 130 teams, one of the University of Texas’ teams placed in the top four finalists.