Join the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute promotes “creating and sustaining thriving communities.” The organization provides programs, training, and networking for members who come from all real estate development and land use disciplines. The organization has programs for young leaders. The local chapter sponsors numerous events in Southeast Michigan.
Join Crew (for Women)
Commercial Real Estate Women Network, or CREW, offers programs and networking opportunities for women interested in commercial real estate. The field still includes few women so the support of colleagues can be helpful in finding career paths. CREW Detroit has monthly programs.
Attend the Building Michigan Communities Conference
This conference each April focuses on housing and community development and attracts more than 1500 attendees who work as service providers, nonprofit and for-profit developers, and financiers. It is the best place to learn about professionals are doing and to network for work in housing and community development. Unfortunately, the conference usually occurs during the University of Michigan final exam period.
Participate in the Uli/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition
Teams of five graduate students from at least three disciplines create a comprehensive design and development proposal for a specific large site over a period of two weeks in January. Teams form in early November and December. Click here for 2021 Team formation tools and information.
- A University of Michigan team won the competition in 2011.
- University of Michigan teams went to the finals in 2008, 2011, and 2012 and 2020.
The 2020 Taubman College team consisted of Josh Childs (M.U.R.P./M.P.P.), Bryan Hicks (M.Arch), Sam Kollar (M.U.R.P.), Amelia Linde M.Arch/M.U.D.), and Jess Yelk (M.Arch/M.U.R.P.).