university-city-partnersSponsorship provided by University City Partners.

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the Urban Ideas Competition on a job well done! The Carolinas can boast a lot of talented professionals and students, and we thank every team member for sharing their time and abilities. Each team illustrated unique concepts for redevelopment of our subject site, and while only two teams could be selected as finalists, all 10 entries have elevated the conversation on design and development opportunities.

The finalists will present their proposals before an experienced jury panel during a general session at the Carolinas’ Meeting. Three honorable mentions will also be recognized, and all teams’ proposals will be on display throughout the conference.

Link to Session & Jury Information

Press Release



Elizabeth Kandle – BSB Design Inc
Todd Meckley – BSB Design Inc
Duncan Slidell – Lincoln Property Company
Mike Rosen – BSB Design Inc
Thomas Dinneny – BSB Design Inc
Jeremy White – BSB Design Inc
Joe Maschek – BSB Design Inc
Doug Wirth – BSB Design Inc

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“Return to Nature”

David Crabtree – Gensler
Scott Lagstrom – Gensler
Kevin Loftus – Gensler
Ryan Olson – Gensler
Michael Wagner – Gensler
Shaun Tooley – LandDesign
Andrea James – LandDesign
Amy Eliason – LandDesign

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Honorable Mentions


Brian Vaughn – UNC Department of City & Regional Planning (Student)
Sarah Parkins – UNC Department of City & Regional Planning (Student)
Sen Wang – UNC Department of City & Regional Planning (Student)
Christopher Bendix – UNC Department of City & Regional Planning (Student)
Katy Lang – UNC Department of City & Regional Planning (Student)
Gloria Liu – UNC Department of City & Regional Planning (Student)
Jenna Shouse – UNC Department of City & Regional Planning (Student)
Margaret Tartala – UNC Department of City & Regional Planning (Student)

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“Tryon Market”

Dan Gualtieri – Leon Capital Group
Eric Lemieux – LandDesign
Patrick Tormeno – BB+M Architecture
Joshua Graham – BB+M Architecture

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“Urban Natural Topology”

Turan Duda – Duda|Paine Architects
Jeffrey Paine – Duda|Paine Architects
Ian McIver – Duda|Paine Architects
Andres Serpa – Duda|Paine Architects
Gary Chesson – Trinity Partners
Jeff Sheehan – Trinity Partners
George Stanziale – Stewart
Michael Batts – Stewart

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“Discovery Woods”

Astrid Chirinos – Latin American Economic Development Corporation
Wendy Pascual – Camino Community Center
Alex Rossinsky – Crescent Communities
Ming-Chun Lee – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Faculty)
Shree Ganesan – Freelance Planner & Working Mom
Rachel Hamrick – Neighboring Concepts
Eric Orozco – Neighboring Concepts

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Robert Stubbs – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Adan Granados – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Lucas Flint – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Frank Warren – Planner/Developer/Broker
Deb Ryan – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Faculty)

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“NDOR at University Station”

James Piper – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Nicholas Wilk – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
William Buff – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Charlie Rulick – Miller-Valentine
Deborah Ryan – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Faculty)

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Ashlan Jones – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Anna Anklin – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Sarah Stumpin – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Deb Ryan – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Faculty)
Richard Petersheim – LandDesign

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“Revival of the Fit City”

Brooke McGrath – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Alexander Ancona – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Matthew Moore – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)
Michael Hoppa – UNCC College of Arts & Architecture (Student)

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Share your talents with the community and show your colleagues what you can do!

The ULI Carolinas district councils invite teams of architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, artists, students, and members of the real estate development community to submit visionary proposals for redevelopment of a pre-selected site in Charlotte ahead of the 2017 Carolinas’ Meeting (also held in Charlotte). The goal of the competition is to surface innovative ideas and practical solutions in design and development that can positively impact the impending transformation of this community and its built environment.


The nearly 45-acre site is located on the LYNX Blue Line Extension currently under construction in the University City area of Charlotte. Once a declining edge city dominated by suburban development patterns centered on UNC Charlotte, the delivery of the LYNX Blue Line is bringing new investment to the area in anticipation of its opening in the third quarter of 2017. The greenfield site offers significant development opportunities across N. Tryon Street from the University City Boulevard Station, which includes a 1,200-space parking deck featuring 7,000 square feet of ground floor retail. UNC-Charlotte is located 2 miles north and Uptown Charlotte is located 6 miles south, both connected to the transit line.

Proposal Requirements

Teams must submit a slide presentation of no more than 16 slides by the close of the competition. The slides must include:

The competition will focus largely on bold ideas for design and redevelopment. Proposals will not be required to show financial feasibility, but should be considerate of market conditions and seek to provide practical solutions to the site challenges and context. Additional details and guidelines will be provided along with the site briefing book at the start of the competition.

Team Composition

Submissions by multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged. Teams may be composed of students and/or professionals, with no less than three and no more than eight members. At least one team member must be a ULI member.

A Team Leader must register for the competition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3. Registered teams have until 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 10 to submit a final team roster.

Briefing Book, Documents, Maps & Useful Links

All information available for the competition is provided below:


The competition finalists will be announced prior to the 2017 Carolinas’ Meeting. All teams will be asked to display their submission on a board during the Meeting, and the finalists will be asked to present their ideas during a session. The winner will also be announced at this time.

January 12  —  Competition announcement and call for teams
February 3  —  Team registration due
February 10 — Final Team Roster due
February 6  —  Competition begins (9:00 a.m. EST)
February 13  —  Deadline for Questions
February 15  —  Summary of Questions & Answers published
February 24  —  Competition ends; deadline for submissions (5:00 p.m. EST)
March 10  —  Finalists notified
March 23-24  —  Carolinas’ Meeting; all entry boards displayed
March 24  —  Finalists present during Urban Ideas Competition General Session (9:15 a.m. EST)


Questions? Contact Richard Cox, ULI Triangle.


*There is no commitment to develop or implement any of the ideas submitted.