Hillary Brown FAIA is Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture. She is also the Program Director of City College's interdisciplinary masters program: Sustainability in the Urban Environment developed with the Grove School of Engineering, Spitzer School of Architecture and CCNY’s Division of Science.

Brown’s consulting firm, New Civic Works, founded in 2001, 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.

Hillary Brown serves on the Board of Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment under the National Research Council of the National Academies. She is a Fellow with the Post Carbon Institute, a Senior Policy Fellow with the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems, Affiliated Faculty with CUNY's Advanced Science Research Center,  and a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ecologic Institute, U.S.. She has served on the National and NYC Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council. A 1999 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she was a 2001 Robert Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

For a Fall, 2018 residency, Hillary is the recipient of a Bogliasco Fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation. She also has also received a Research Scholarship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Kőszeg, Hungary, for summer and fall, 2018. 

As a former design director and Assistant Commissioner at New York City's Department of Design and Construction, Hillary Brown, FAIA founded its Office of Sustainable Design in 1996. She was co-author and managing editor of both the City of New York High Performance Building and Infrastructure Guidelines, and co-author of the USGBC’s State and Local Green Building Toolkit.

Hillary received her M. Arch at the Yale University School of Architecture and her B.A. at Oberlin College. She is a frequent speaker, moderator and keynoter. She has given well over one hundred presentations, nationally and internationally, over the last 15 years. Her first book, Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post Industrial Public Works (Island Press 2014) has been widely acclaimed. A subsequent book, Infrastructural Ecologies: Alternative Development Models for Emerging Economies, was published by MIT Press, Spring 2017. 


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At the Institute for Advanced Studies, Koszeg, Hungary   August 2018