Hillary Brown

Director of M.S. Program in Sustainability in the Urban Environment, Professor

Phone: 212-650 6187

Email: hbrown2@ccny.cuny.edu

Office: 3M09

Website: www.newcivicworks.us

Educational Credentials :

  • Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2000
  • M.Arch., Yale University, 1974
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1971

Teaching Experience :

  • Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2009-present
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2008-2009
  • Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University School of Architecture, 2003-2008
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 1998-2007
  • Visiting Lecturer, Yale University School of Architecture, 1983-1985
  • Adjunct Asst. Professor Parsons School of Design, Environmental Design Program, 1979-1981

Professional Experience :

  • Principal, New Civic Works, 2001-present
  • Founding Director, Office of Sustainable Design, NYC DDC, 1997-2001
  • Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Design & Construction, 1990-97
  • Program Director, Cultural Institutions Unit, NYC Department of General Services, 1988-90
  • Assistant Director, Mayor’s Office of Construction, NYC, 1985-88
  • Principal, Hillary Brown Architect, 1980-85
  • Project Manager, Edward Larrabee Barnes, 1975-80

Licenses/Registration :

  • Architecture License, New York State, 1979

Selected Publications and Recent Research :

  • Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works (Island Press, 2014)
  • “Compound Infrastructure: Lessons from Engineering Precedents,” Journal of Bridge Engineering 8 (July 2014).
  • “Towards Net-Zero Carbon Buildings,” in The Post Carbon Reader: managing the 21st Century Sustainability Crises, Heinberg, R., Lerch D., eds. (Watershed Media Press, 2010)
  • “Prologue: In Retrospect,” in Biophilic Design: Theory, Science and Practice, Kellert, Stephen, Heerwagen Judith, Mador, Martin, eds. (Wiley Press, 2008)
  • High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines, Co-Author, Managing Editor (City of New York, 2005)
  • State and Local Government Green Building Toolkit, Co-Author (U.S. Green Building Council, 2002)
  • High Performance Building Guidelines, Co-Author, Managing Editor (City of New York, 1999)

Professional Memberships :

  • College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects
  • Member, Board of Infrastructure & the Constructed Environment, The National Academies Research Council College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects
  • Fellow, Post-Carbon Institute


  • ARCH 47100/85100: Advanced Studio (Consultant)
  • ARCH 47100: Design Studio 3 (Consultant)
  • ARCH 48100: Design Studio 4 (Consultant)
  • SUS 7400A / ARCH 61388/57403: Case Studies in Sustainability
  • SUS 7100C: Cities and Sustainability