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HUD Case Competition (Deadline to register Dec. 12)

Transforming our Communities

The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. At its best, housing can help strengthen the social and physical fabric of communities and neighborhoods. It is the hope of HUD and PD&R that by initiating and funding this competition, a new generation will advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people through research and innovation.


Making it Actionable

The IAH competition has been designed to replicate a real-life approach. Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance and other areas will be asked to address social, economic, and environmental issues in responding to a specific housing problem developed by an actual public housing agency (PHA).

Read more about the team requirements.


Information for PHAs

PD&R will work with a PHA that owns and operates a site designated for the affordable housing design issue. PD&R will work with the PHA to develop the necessary project briefing materials, including a comprehensive problem statement; background information on the project; community information; and relevant existing design proposals. Read More.



Registration will begin on October 3, 2016; sign up to receive competition updates.

<p><strong style="font-size:14px; color: #4A4A4A; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold ">Registration:</strong><br> <p style="color:#2f2b29">Registration will begin on October 1, 2015; <a href="updates.html">sign up to receive competition updates</a>.</p> 

2017 Competition Calendar


Registration Open


Registration Deadline


Phase I Begins


Phase I Submittal Deadline


Final Four Teams Announced


Site Visit for Finalists

TBD March 2017

Phase II Submittal Deadline


Final Presentations and Winners Announced in DC



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ULI Hines Case Comp. (Projects Due Dec. 5th)


The ULI Hines Student Competition—having just completed its 14th year—offers graduate students the opportunity to form their own multidisciplinary teams and engage in a challenging exercise in responsible land use.

Student teams comprising at least three disciplines will have two weeks to devise a comprehensive design and development program for a real, large-scale site full of challenges and opportunities. Submissions will consist of boards that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. (See past submissions.)

The ULI Hines Student Competition is part of the Institute’s ongoing effort to raise interest among young people in creating better communities, improving development patterns, and increasing awareness of the need for multidisciplinary solutions to development and design challenges.

This competition is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each. One representative from each finalist team gets an all-expenses-paid site tour in the selected competition city prior to the finalpresentation. All participating finalist students attend the all-expenses-paid final presentation in the host city to select the winner of the competition.

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Villanova Real Estate Challenge - March 23

The Villanova Real Estate Challenge is a national real estate development case competition for students from the top undergraduate real estate programs. The Challenge will gather 16 teams comprised of the next generation of real estate leaders together with judges and sponsors representing leading real estate firms. The case will be a development project which incorporates all aspects of development from financing to design.  Each participating team will be comprised of four undergraduate real estate students and a faculty or staff advisor. Student presentations will be judged by senior executives representing top firms from all areas of the commercial real estate industry. Finalist teams will be selected from groups of first round presentations to advance to the final round presentations. Cash prizes will be provided at a minimum of: $5,000 first prize; $3,000 second prize; and $2,000 third prize.


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Northwestern's Kellogg Real Estate Venture - March 20

The Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition is hosted by the Kellogg Real Estate Program and the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.  The team-based competition showcases MBA students, who have the opportunity to pitch to a high-profile panel of judges. The winning team not only receives $100,000 in cash and prizes, but also the opportunity to secure as much as $10,000,000 in equity funding. The primary purpose of the competition is to encourage entrepreneurial real estate ventures. The event also serves as an opportunity to promote top student talent before prominent industry professionals.

The Judges Consortium consists of distinguished industry professionals engaging with Kellogg’s Real Estate Program through their willingness to serve as judges in a given year for the Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition. Three to five of these distinguished professionals will serve as judges each year.

Erwin Aulis
Chief Operating Officer, Northwood Investors

Joseph Azrack
Chairman, Apollo Real Estate

Neil Bluhm
Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Walton Street Capital; Chairman, Rush Street Gaming

Frank Cohen
Senior Managing Director, Real Estate Group, Blackstone Group

Jeffrey Furber
CEO, AEW Capital Management and Chairman of the Board, AEW Europe

Dan Gilbert
Founder and Chairman, Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans

Deborah Harmon
Co-Founder and CEO, Artemis Real Estate Partners

Jeffrey Johnson
CEO, Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund

Merrick “Rick” Kleeman
Founder and Managing Partner, Wheelock Street Capital

Esko Korhonen
Founder and Managing Partner, Federal Capital Partners

John Z. Kukral
President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwood Investors

Alan M. Leventhal
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Beacon Capital Partners

Barry Malkin
Senior Managing Partner, GEM Realty Capital

Christopher Merrill
Co-Founder, President and CEO, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Adam Metz
Managing Director, Head of International Real Estate, The Carlyle Group

Eric Mogentale
Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Walton Street Capital

Michael Moritz
Chairman, Sequoia Capital

Mark Oei
Managing Director, Sequoia Capital

Stephen Quazzo
Co-Founder and CEO, Pearlmark Real Estate Partners

Randy Rowe
Chairman and Founder, Green Courte Partners

Laura Rubin
Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management, Starwood Capital Group

John Schreiber
President, Centaur Capital Partners; Co-Founder and Partner, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors

Robert Stuckey
Managing Director and Fund Head, U.S. Real Estate, The Carlyle Group

Maury Tognarelli
CEO, Heitman

Sam Zell
Founder and Chairman, Equity Group Investors; Founder and Chairman, Equity International

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University of Texas at Austin - Nov. 18

Graduate student teams from top business schools compete for the highest honors and cash awards in an invitation-only real estate case competition.  


  • $25,000 in cash awards for top four finalist teams

  • Top corporate sponsors and judges

  • Network with potential employers

  • Challenge resume book

  • Excellent resume builder

  • Nationwide recognition


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UMICH / ULI - Nov. 10

Last year's event flyer

Last year's event flyer

The University of Michigan Real Estate Club and the UM/ULI Real Estate Forum announce the fifth annual Urban Restoration Case Competition. Students from Midwestern real estate, architecture and business programs are invited to take part in this competition. This competition will be based on an actual Brownfield in downtown Detroit sourced from a developer/advocacy group. This location is being prepared for redevelopment within the next two years and has the support of the developer/advocacy group. The objective is to create a business case for your selected redevelopment scenario. First place prize is $4,000 cash, second place prize is $1,000 cash. Winners will be invited to the UM/ULI Real Estate Forum in Detroit and will receive their awards and participate in a panel discussion on the future of real estate development with the winners of the Michigan Real Estate Excellence Awards at a special pre-Forum awards event on Tuesday, November 10th. Conference registration for the winners is complementary and they are expected to attend the conference. Discounted registration is available for all other participating teams.

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Cornell - Nov. 9

The annual Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition brings together teams of students from around the world for an intense five-day process of analysis and presentation regarding an actual real estate transaction. The teams’ presentations are judged by leading real estate experts, who consider the recommendations, the analysis, and the presentation itself. Developed by Cornell Professor Daniel Quan and hosted by the Center for Real Estate and Finance, the competition has become an educational highlight for students in real estate and finance.

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