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April 12, 2013

Team of area grad students win national Urban Land Institute competition

University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Kansas and Kansas State University team win $50,000 prize in the ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition

A team of graduate students from three regional universities has won a prestigious national award for their plan to redevelop a section of downtown Minneapolis, edging out competition from Harvard and Yale Universities.

The five students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Kansas and Kansas State University are this year’s winner of the Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition sponsored by the Washington-based Urban Land Institute. They will share in the $50,000 top prize.

The group’s plan for redeveloping the east side of downtown Minneapolis using its historic Armory building as an anchor was selected over proposals by teams from Harvard, Yale and a joint team from Ball State and Purdue Universities.

They emerged from 149 teams representing 70 universities across the United States and Canada, and is only the second time in recent years that a team from the Midwest has won the award.

Their “Armory Green” plan used the 1930s era Minneapolis Armory to become an indoor market facing a park built above a garage. The project also included new retail, residential and office development. The site is two blocks from the planned downtown NFL stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

Members of the team are Tyler Knott, a graduate student at the UMKC Lewis White Real Estate Center; Kevin Cunningham, Derek Hoetmer and Kylie Harper, all landscape planning students at Kansas State, and Lauren Leigh Brown, a KU architecture student.

“I was so pleased to see everything we taught in this program come to life through their proposal,” Walt Clements, the director of the Lewis White Center, said today.

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