Each year the School of Architecture offers the Urban Land Institute's Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition is a graduate-level annual competition that is intended to provide an interdisciplinary learning experience for business and design students. Student teams work on large-scale sites with complex challenges that need innovative solutions reflecting responsible land use. Each team is required to work in a multifaceted way, incorporating design, planning, market potential, and feasibility into their development strategies.

Participation in the national competition, along with an internal competition at UT-Austin, is funded through a generous gift from the Cogburn Family Foundation.

In each of the last three years, over 40 students from architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, community and regional planning, and the School of Business have taken part in the competition. UT-Austin has had at least one entry place in the national competition in each of the last three years.

Additionally, the Urban Design Program offers a ULI studio. The studio works in teams, taking on the same project that is the subject of the competition. The teams will continue to work after the initial ten day competition to develop the group projects.

For more information on the ULI Gerald D. Hines student Urban Design competition, visit http://uli.org/programs/awards-competitions/hines-student-design-competition/