Hillary Brown, FAIA, is professor of architecture at the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture. She is the program director of CCNY’s interdisciplinary master’s program, Sustainability in the Urban Environment, developed jointly with the Grove School of Engineering and CCNY’s Division of Science. Brown serves on the Board of Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment under the National Academies’ National Research Council. She is a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. She has served on the National and NYC Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Founded in 2001, Brown’s consulting firm, New Civic Works, has engaged public and institutional clients in greening facility and infrastructure capital programs. Clients have included the New York Power Authority, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a green school initiative for the City of New Haven. Increasingly her applied research addresses these issues in emerging economies as well. As former design director and assistant commissioner at New York City’s Department of Design and Construction, Brown founded New York City’s Office of Sustainable Design in 1996. She is the coauthor and managing editor of both the City of New York High Performance Building and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines, and the US Green Building Council’s State and Local Green Building Toolkit.
Hillary Brown’s recent book, Infrastructural Ecologies: Alternative Development Models for Emerging Economies, with Brian Stigge, was published by MIT Press this June. It proposes strategies for developing nations to design water, energy, sanitation, and waste handling services that are holistic and integrated, resilient and sustainable, economical and equitable. The book features more than 40 case studies of exemplary projects undertaken in nonindustrialized nations. The result is an infrastructural ecology that is more analogous to the functioning of natural ecosystems.
Hillary received her MArch at the Yale University School of Architecture and her BA at Oberlin College. In addition to her Loeb Fellowship she was a 2001 Robert Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Ms. Brown is a frequent speaker, moderator and keynoter, nationally and internationally.