Entries were due this week for the 12th Annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition, a program that challenges teams of graduate students to create a comprehensive development proposal for an existing site in two short weeks. Teams are composed of five students representing the architecture, planning, real estate, and business fields. Each team is paired with several members of the local professional design community, who serve as mentors to the group.

RVi’s own Mark Smith and Chip Mills are serving as design team mentors this year, and their teams have been busy at work developing plans for Nashville’s historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood. “The process has been very interesting and very rewarding. It is amazing to see the motivation and work ethic that these students possess,” Chip said.

Finalist teams will be announced in February. RVi wishes the best of luck to all participants!