Urban Land Institute and Hines Announce Final Jury for Virtual Real Estate Student Competition

  • Eight senior pan-European real estate leaders named as jury for inaugural final of ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe
  • Exciting new opportunity for graduate students to engage in challenging exercise in responsible land use
  • Nine teams of four set for final of virtual competition taking place on 18 June 2020 
  • Winning team will receive one-year ULI membership and fast track to Hines internship programme

[LONDON, 13 MAY 2020] – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Hines, the international real estate firm, have announced eight senior pan-European real estate leaders who will be making up the judging panel of the ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe, which has been revamped to go “fully virtual” as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

The final of the competition, which was due to happen in April, was postponed due to travel restrictions that have been imposed globally and will now be taking place using an online video conferencing platform on 18 June 2020. Working in groups of four, using ‘virtual breakout rooms’, students will be engaged in a challenging exercise in responsible land use, that looks at how city centres are shifting retail toward community-led mixed-use development – an interesting and timely challenge.

Nine finalist teams, from higher education establishments across Europe, will be put through their paces by a competition jury consisting of senior industry professionals, including Brian Moran (chair), Head of Hines Ireland; Lars Huber, CEO of Hines Europe, Lisette van Doorn, CEO of ULI Europe; Sir Stuart Lipton, Partner at Lipton Rogers Developments. LLP; Scott Malkin, Chairman of Value Retail PLC; Hala El Akl, Director of PLP Architecture; Ed Siskind, CEO of Cale Street Partners; and, Sabine Lebesque, City of Amsterdam Development Corporation.

Lars Huber, CEO of Hines Europe, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a deep impact and caused major disruption to everyday life, but we are delighted about being able to proceed with the final stage of this unique competition for European real estate students. Cultivating the talent of the next generation of professionals remains incredibly important to ensure that we bring fresh perspectives to finding the solutions to challenges that our industry faces and being positioned to pursue the opportunities that will emerge.”

Lisette van Doorn, CEO of ULI Europe, said: “The Covid-19 crisis has shown a strong desire among members to connect, share experiences and learn from each other. Our members and our senior leadership in particular have contributed significantly to our online programmes. And the commitment of senior industry leaders to give up their time to mentor students is more important than ever, while also learning about their needs and views on what makes cities successful in the future.”

The finalists feature groups of students from the University of Cambridge, Technical University Dublin, London Business School, Polytechnic University of Milan, INSEAD graduate business school and the Technical University of Madrid. The winning team will be announced on the day and will receive a one-year ULI membership as well as a fast-track to the Hines internship programme.

For further information, please visit: https://europe.uli.org/ulihinesstudentcompetition

For biographies of the 2020 Jury, please visit: https://europe.uli.org/programmes/awards-and-competitions/ulihinesstudentcompetition/jury/


Background to original ULI Hines Student Competition

  • Long-time ULI leader Gerald D. Hines, founder of the Hines real estate organisation, created the competition with a generous endowment after he received the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development in 2002.
  • For further information about the original competition, visit: https://uli.org/hines 

About the Urban Land Institute

  • The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has over 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land us and development disciplines.
  • ULI has over 4,200 members in Europe across 14 National Council country networks. For more information, please visit europe.uli.org, follow us on Twitter or follow our LinkedIn page.

About Hines

  • Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 205 cities in 24 countries. Hines has approximately $133.3 billion of assets under management, including $71 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services, and $62.3 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 165 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,393 properties, totaling over 459 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 539 properties, representing over 232 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world.
  • Since entering Europe in 1991, Hines has grown its European platform to include offices in 16 cities as well as a presence in 49 cities in 11 countries, with €20.9 billion of assets under management in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
  • Visit www.hines.com for more information.

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