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Business-architecture team earns top 10 finish

Published: 2014-02-26

Fisher College of Business and Knowlton School of Architecture students

Members of Team Agora present, including MBA Ryan Skubic (far right)

Ohio State students from Fisher College of Business and Knowlton School of Architecture teamed up to bring home a top 10 finish at the prestigious Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.

The competition, organized annually by the Urban Land Institute, featured 163 teams from 72 universities across the United States and Canada. Team Agora -- including Fisher MBA candidate Ryan Skubic and Knowlton students Stephanie Sang Delgado, Matt Johnson, Staci Carrier and Devin Carothers -- was selected for an honorable mention for its design and financing plan of a mixed use marketplace and entertainment destination in Nashville’s historic Sulphur Dell.

Team Agora’s finish was the highest in Ohio State’s history at the Hines. The jury, consisting of leaders in the real estate and investment fields, commended the student team for its exploration of a bold move to add waterfront value, noting: “We are particularly grateful for receiving submissions of this caliber, that offer such intellectual stimulation, and help explore the mission and priorities that the Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition and the Urban Land Institute support.”

“The real estate and development field includes a huge cross-section of skills and areas of expertise,” said Skubic. “Being able to work with students studying architecture, landscape architecture and city and regional planning --- and applying what I’ve learned as a business student -- was an incredible and valuable experience.”

Also competing in the ULI Hines competition were MBAs Brad Dobson and David Huestis, part of Team Access and Team Loop, respectively. The students also competed in an Ohio State competition that added multidisciplinary undergraduate teams and, like the ULI Hines, focused on the Sulphur Dell.