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.

Read on for more information or get started on team formation here!

Upcoming Events

A Q&A Session and Student Mixer for both competitions will be held on Tuesday, October 5th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Taubman College Auditorium, Rm. 2104 or virtual via zoom.

  • The Weiser Center for Real Estate and Taubman College present this amazing opportunity for current graduate students to learn more about two national real estate and land use competitions.  During this session, you will learn about the competition, how to form or join a team, and hear directly from faculty advisors and former student participants about the competitions.
  • Keep reading for more information about the competitions.
  • Register to help us form teams and sign up for the October 5 Mixer here!

Learn More About the Competitions

2022 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition: Important Updates!

  • Registration for the 2022 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing is open until Wednesday, November 3rd at 12:00 PM EST
  • For more information, go to their official website.

2022 ULI Hines Student Competition: Important Updates!

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Past Results

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.