Dear Students,

We are preparing for the 2011 ULI Hines Student Urban Design Competition.  Here is the link to this year’s competition website:  It is important that you have read this background information prior to our first workshop.

This is a two-week competition, from January 17 – January 31.  Teams are comprised of 5 grad students from 3 different disciplines, working together to solve an urban design problem, which must provide a significant advancement in urban thinking, and be financial feasible.  We will restrict the entries to six teams.

We will be holding a series of informational sessions to organize teams.  Here is the schedule for the upcoming weeks:

Saturday morning 10:00 am October 30 Belk Rotunda
All interested grad students from NCSU ARC & LAR  & UNC-CH CRP invited.
Competition and team requirements will be discussed.
Presentation on how to achieve success in the competition, the pro forma process is described
Discussion on how to form a functional team.
This is followed by a session where students can meet up and discuss team forming.

Saturday Morning 10:00 am November 13, Belk Rotunda
This will be a meeting for students who intend to enter the competition, who have begun to form teams, or are seeking to be on a team.
Presentations will include:  elements of sustainable communities to begin to frame key issues that will emerge;  winning boards from previous competition(s).
Students from the 2010 winning teams will give pointers on teamwork.
Actual teams will then meet in workshop format to outline pre-competition research assignments, and work out who has what skill set.

Friday December 3
Teams must be complete and registered.

Friday January 14  afternoon (time TBD) Burns Auditorium
This is the calm before the storm meeting, where teams plan their implementation strategy, get workplaces set up, review intelligence on research topics, begin to build submission framework, etc.

Monday, January 17
Competition begins.

Monday, January 31
Competition ends.

Dates will be announced later regarding the competition jury and timetable, and exhibit.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or most importantly if you are interested in the competition but cannot attend the meetings.

We’re looking forward to it!

Robin Abrams
Team Adviser

Robin Fran Abrams, Ph.D, AIA, ASLA
Head, School of Architecture
College of Design
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695