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Prof. Hillary Brown

Prof. Hillary Brown

Professor (City College of New York)
Senior Policy Advisor

Hillary Brown, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York (CCNY), City University of New York (CUNY). She directs CCNY's interdisciplinary master's program, Sustainability in the Urban Environment, developed by its schools of Architecture, Engineering, and its Science Division. Hillary serves on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) under the National Academies’ National Research Council and is a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the CUNY Institute of Urban Systems and a Senior Policy Advisor at Ecologic Institute.

Hillary’s two books, Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works (Island Press 2014) and Infrastructural Ecologies: Alternative Development Models for Emerging Economies (MIT Press 2017) describe alternative, integrated approaches to infrastructure planning that demonstrate the crosscutting benefits of multipurpose, low-carbon, resilient urban services, better aligned with natural and social systems.

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, and New Haven’s Public School division. As former design director and Assistant Commissioner at New York City's Department of Design and Construction, Hillary Brown founded New York City’s Office of Sustainable Design in 1996. She is the co-author and managing editor of both the City of New York High Performance Building- [pdf, 2.2 MB] and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines [pdf, 11.1 MB], and co-author of the US Green Building Council's "State and Local Green Building Toolkit".