Hines Mentors

Hines Mentors

Mentors for 2018 Needed.

The ULI Hines Student Competition mimics the demanding work environment and professional experiences that students will have upon entering the real estate profession. It is intended to prepare them for careers where multidisciplinary, collaborative teams are the norm. The 118 teams had a mere 15 days to complete their master plan, which must include a comprehensive vision, feasibility studies, and financial data for the site—elements that any real-life development proposal would have. 

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.

Contact Claire Hempel, Principal @ Design Workshop or Ariel Romell, ULI Austin


2017 Hine Competition Recap

In 2017 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.

The 2017 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.

See their submission here: http://uli.org/hines-competition/uli-hines-student-competition-2017-finalist-rooted-university-of-texas-at-austin/

For the five students on the 2017 winning team from the University of Texas, the experience was transformative and illustrative of the multidisciplinary, collaborative nature of careers in urban development. Team leader Christopher Perkes, who is pursuing a joint master’s degree in community and regional planning and sustainable design said, “My experience in the Hines Competition was an inflection point in both my life and career. It reinforced my belief that as much as we may desire it, our world is not so simply boiled down to clear professional lines. The built environment and all those who live in and interact with it require complex solutions from innumerable perspectives. Overall, it was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, and has already proved itself invaluable in my personal, professional, and academic endeavors.”


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