There are two popular graduate student competitions that integrate planning, design, and real estate financing. One is the ULI Hines Competition, the other is the HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Competition. Both require interdisciplinary teams to work on design, development and financing solutions for a real site in a north American city. It has been a great learning experience for students to work with teammates from a range of backgrounds to tackle challenging urban and real estate issues. We strongly encourage everyone to participate. University of Michigan teams have been finalists in both competitions in the past.

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2024 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition: Important Updates!

2024 ULI Hines Student Competition: Important Updates!

  • Submissions for the 2024 ULI Hines Competition will open on Friday, September 1, 2023 and close on November 17, 2023.
  • For more information, go to their official website.

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Past Results

Three University of Michigan teams earned honorable mentions in the 2022 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.).

  • Team U Mish: Buttermilk District Proposal
    • Chelsea Gaylord, M.P.P
    • Anthony Bui, M.U.R.P.
    • Kassem Chammout, M.Arch
    • Jihwan Park, M.B.A./M.U.R.P.
    • Clayton Artz, M.Arch
  • Team Nip it in the HUD: Buttermilk Heights Proposal
    • Isabelle Borie, M.Arch
    • David Elam, M.U.R.P./R.E.D. Certificate
    • Nathaniel Nelson, M.Arch
  • Team Possibilities: University of Michigan and Georgia Technological Institute

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In 2021, we are proud to announce that two University of Michigan Teams advanced to the final round of the HUD competition. Their final presentations can be viewed at the HUD IAH website.

Taubman College’s teams in the 2021 finals are:

Andrew Darvin, Katie Wheeler, Chris Prinsen, Avanti Krovi, Alex Sulek
Faculty adviser: Marc Norman

Tom Bagley, Rowan Brady, Mitch Deans, Mac Carroll, AnnaBronwyn Shields
Faculty adviser: Sharon Haar

Teams conducted virtual site visits in mid-March, and the final presentations and awards ceremony took place in mid-April.