ULI Al. Neyer UC Competition
ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition
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. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.
This 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.
For more information visit the ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition page.
2019 Local Competition
In August 2019, the ULI Al. Neyer UC Competition will kick off. Since its inception in 2014, the ULI Al. Neyer UC Competition has challenged students to form multidisciplinary teams to devise a comprehensive development proposal for a real, large-scale site. The competition gives students hands-on experience in the real-world process of working with colleagues from other disciplines to create a viable development project.
Thanks to our sponsor, Al. Neyer, the competition will build the skills and experiences of hundreds of students, and they will start their careers more enlightened about how to build strong teams to get the best outcomes.
2018 Local Competition
Five student teams recently made their final presentations in the fifth annual ULI Al. Neyer UC Competition. The presentations concluded an eight week course done in collaboration with the UC Real Estate Program and Center, UC College of DAAP’s Niehoff Urban Studio and ULI Cincinnati.
This year’s case was the L&N Loop, a development site in the southeast section of Downtown Cincinnati, between US 50 to the north and East Pete Rose Way to the south. The site is comprised of two parcels of land, one owned by the City of Cincinnati and the other privately owned. The winning team proposed Panorama. a project capitalizing on the spectacular riverfront views and niche location. The proposed project includes two buildings: Tower at Panorama and Spaces at Panorama. The Tower is a 12-story luxury apartment building with first floor commercial space, mainly dedicated to a food hall. Spaces at Panorama is five stories, four of which will be office space, leased in majority to a national co-working space operator. The fifth story and rooftop patio are designed as an event venue, also to be leased to a full-service operator.
The team with the winning proposal included a combination of UC undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines: Claire Benken, Nick DiNunzio, Lauren Bihl, Kevin Rechtorovic and Kyle McCurn. The collaboration between the design, planning and financial disciplines proved very beneficial; but the support of the professional real estate community is what takes the competition to the next level each year.
Case competition founding champion Dave Neyer remarked how the partnerships and process have strengthened with the fourth year of the competition. “The partnership with ULI members opens doors to co-ops and internships with the firms of the mentors and instructors. It’s a great opportunity for engagement and we’ve seen it really inspires students to pursue careers in some aspect of real estate development,” says Neyer.
The course is modeled after the ULI Hines Student Urban Design Program. The student teams produce site plans, architectural designs, and real estate pro formas for their final proposals.