The deadline for submitting materials is Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 AM EST.

Your submission will be judged on the 4 criteria listed below.  For context on each of the criteria, you can view the case here.

  • Interdisciplinary Approach: 1-5 scale
  • Clarity of Information: 1-8 scale
  • Demonstrated Knowledge of Real Estate, Land Use, and Design Best Practices: 1-8 scale
  • Innovation: 1-10 scale

Your final proposal must be submitted as a Google Site.  You can also use any number of software packages available to you through the university.  Learn more here.   We’ve also created a comprehensive research guide for the competition.

Any current UM student who has an interest in real estate.

If your submission does not meet baseline criteria, The Weiser Center for Real Estate will inform you.  Otherwise, you should assume that your submission has been sent to the judges.

Yes. The Weiser Center will notify all participants of the selected finalists.

We invite all participants to the awards event at the Ross School of Business on October 20th.  If you are selected as a finalist, at least one member of your team must be present to provide a brief presentation on your work.  The judges will reconvene after the presentations and select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

You will have access to a database of contact information for every student who has expressed interest in the competition.  We encourage students to seek out one another to form teams.  If you need assistance from the Weiser Center, we can do so until Wednesday, September, 21st.

The maximum allowed number of participants per team is 4

Please contact Colleen Triezenberg, Student Affairs Program Manager at

Please submit the published link to your Google Site using this form.  Ensure that your entry is publicly viewable.

Yes. By competing in the competition, you are giving the Weiser Center for Real Estate the right to reuse your content at our discretion.

Yes.  As you are essentially answering the question of why your proposal should be chosen for development of the site, you should seek to address any relevant community concerns that are revealed in your research.

Yes.  Assume the property has access to water.

You are welcome to propose innovating ownership models if you choose.  However, please note that your proposal should answer the question of why your vision should be chosen for development of the site, and that your sustainability and housing strategies should reflect your role as both developer and asset manager of the property.

Ultimately, your proposal will be judged on the criteria listed section 5 of the case.  Please consult as you determine the feasibility of your proposal.

When it comes to justifying your proposed strategies to meet the sustainability and housing goals, you should be prepared to discuss the environmental, social, and financial benefits.  Students should be prepared to support their benefits with as concrete of data as they can find.