Developers, architects, planners, conservationists, and other land use professionals are preparing to navigate the future of real estate.  It is with this challenge in mind that the Weiser Center for Real Estate introduced its Future of Real Estate Competition in 2021.  Through this competition, we asked students from across campus to showcase their unique perspectives on a vast and complex issue, challenging them to envision what the future holds for the spaces in which we work, live, and play.

This year we are excited to share the 2022 Future of Real Estate Competition: Climate Challenge has launched.  We have provided a challenging case at the intersection of housing and sustainability for students from across campus to address.  In addition, we are excited to announce that both undergraduate and graduate teams will be awarded scholarships this year.  Fill out this interest form to join the competition and gain access to a database of fellow students who also competing and may want to form a team.  The competition is open to all UM students.

Students have from September 14th to October 5th to register and complete their proposals.  The competition will conclude with finalists’ presentations and awards on October 20th.

This website will be updated often with new information.  Stay tuned and stay connected!

This is your opportunity to showcase how you define the future of real estate to your peers, alumni, and industry professionals!

The case for the 2022 Future of Real Estate Competition: Climate Challenge was created with support from representatives from the City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.   Using the information provided in the case overview, and your own research, your team will share your vision for the development of the site in alignment with the stated objectives (and restrictions).  Your primary goal is to propose the most sustainable residential development possible; achieving full building electrification and net zero energy consumption, meanwhile addressing the objectives around providing a mix of affordable and market-rate housing.  This is your opportunity to apply your own innovative and daring approach to addressing one of the most pressing challenges facing the real estate industry and the communities seeking development.

Find the full case, rules, deadlines, and advising resources here

  • The competition is open to any current University of Michigan student with an interest in real estate.
  • Students can work independently, form teams of up to 4 students, or indicate that they would like to join a team upon completing your registration.
  • Students who have registered will gain access to a database of their peers to help them contact other students to form teams.
  • Students will create a Google Site that outlines their proposal to address the specific elements of the case.
  • Students will have until Wednesday, October 5th to complete their response to the challenge by sharing their Google Site via the submission form above.
  • Students will have access to weekly, voluntary Q&A sessions with a group of competition advisors.
  • A panel of judges will remotely review each submission, provide their feedback, and select three undergraduate and three graduate finalists.
  • Submissions will be judged on their ability to provide innovative solutions, demonstrate knowledge of best practices, clearly communicate their vision, and their multidisciplinary approach.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be announced on Wednesday, October 12th and will be expected to briefly present on their proposal at an awards event on Thursday, October 20th.
  • Note: Submissions that do not meet the baseline criteria will not be submitted for review.
  • Disclaimer: By submitting your materials you are acknowledging that you have permission to use imagery, data, and other source material.
  • Disclaimer: By submitting your materials you are acknowledging that the Weiser Center for Real Estate reserves the right to print, distribute, and re-use your content.
  • Disclaimer: Your participation in this program is strictly for academic purposes.  Participants are not permitted to discuss, promote, or otherwise share their submissions with any elected officials or City of Ann Arbor personnel for any purpose outside of the scope of this competition.
  • 1st Prize: $3,000 scholarship to be split among your team plus an admission, travel, and lodging stipend to attend the ULI Spring Meeting in Toronto, Canada in May of 2023.

  • 2nd Prize: $1,500 scholarship to be split among your team and a student membership to Urban Land Institute for each team member.

  • 3rd Prize: $500 scholarship to be split among your team and a student membership to the Urban Land Institute for each team member.*

 

*The award payment(s) must be paid directly to the student team member(s) through Financial Aid channels as a refund.  If you have direct deposit set up for refunds, you will receive the funds that way.  Otherwise, a check will be sent to the Current Address that you have set up in Wolverine Access.  These funds will show up as a resource on the account(s) of the student(s) receiving them.  Please check in with the Office of Financial Aid to get guidance on potential impacts.

Urban Land Institute is the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world.

  • Wednesday, September 14th: Competition Launch

  • Monday, September 19th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM: Voluntary Group Advising Session

  • Wednesday, September, 21st: Deadline to request support for finding teammates

  • Monday, September 26th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM: Voluntary Group Advising Session

  • Monday, October 3rd from 2:00 to 3:00 PM: Voluntary Group Advising Session

  • Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 AM: Submission Deadline

  • Wednesday, October 12th: Finalists will be notified

  • Thursday, October 20th: Future of Real Estate Presentations and Awards Event

Link to Competition Case 

Competition Research Guide

Competition Webinar

Competition Slide Deck

Information on Google Sites

Individual Advising Sessions

  • Melina Duggal, Interim Faculty Director, Weiser Center for Real Estate
  • Chase L. Cantrell, Professional in Residence, Weiser Center for Real Estate
  • Zach Waas Smith, Community Engagement Specialist, City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations

Alumni Predictions

In 2021, a group of UM alum and industry professionals were asked to provide their vision of the future of real estate.  Take a look at their abstracts for a little inspiration!

2021 UM Alumni Predictions

Podcasts

ULI Hines Student Competition

We’ve assembled answers to many of your questions on a Frequently Asked Questions page.  You can also join any of the advising sessions on September 19th, September 26th, and October 3rd.  For general inquiries or to be added to the advising sessions, please email Colleen Triezenberg at cotrieze@umich.edu.

Our Partners

Thank you to our partners and donors for their generous support:

The Scharf Family Real Estate Competitions Fund

The S. Scott Stewart Real Estate Programs Fund

City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Ross School Office of Academic Success

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