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MBA Student on Miami Team Heading to Finals in Prestigious National Urban Design and Development Competition

February 29, 2016
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A team from the University of Miami, which includes MBA student Stephanie Douthit and students from the School of Architecture, is among four teams selected as finalists in the 2016 ULI (Urban Land Institute) Hines Student Competition.

The Miami team beat out teams from 58 other universities including Columbia, Duke, MIT, Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania to earn a finalist spot among teams from Harvard and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The 2016 competition challenged teams of students to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for an area in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood. The teams were tasked with transforming this transitional area and completing the vision for Midtown Atlanta as a thriving, sustainable, mixed-use, walkable, and transit-accessible neighborhood; the exercise includes taking advantage of the site’s proximity to downtown and Technology Square, its adjacency to Peachtree Street and public transportation, and its strong regional access. The Miami team’s plan, called “The Matrix: Wired to the Core,” is a mixed-use development program named to reflect Midtown Atlanta’s role as the city’s lead district in technological advancements.

Miami and the other finalist teams now have the opportunity to expand their original proposals and respond in more detail to the problem posed by the competition. In March, the competition will pay for one member of each finalist team to travel to the site location and meet with local experts in order to revise and enhance their proposal.

In April, the competition will pay for the finalist teams to travel to the site to participate in a mandatory dress rehearsal in front of a mock jury. The following day, each team will present to the jurors, ULI guests, students, and others. That day will culminate in the announcement of the winner.

The winning team receives $50,000 and the finalist teams receive $10,000 each.

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