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Hillary Brown

Hillary BrownHillary Brown is a writer, consultant, and professor of Architecture at the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture. Her writing focuses on infrastructure and public works, and her most recent book, Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works, was recognized as one of the top 10 books in 2014 by the American Association of Landscape Architects. It describes how our complex, interdependent utilities can support an urbanizing world while reducing carbon emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

She directs CCNY’s interdisciplinary masters program, Sustainability in the Urban Environment, and serves on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment under the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is also a Fellow with the Post Carbon Institute.

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.

As a former design director and Assistant Commissioner at New York City's Department of Design and Construction, Brown 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 U.S. Green Building Council’s State and Local Green Building Toolkit. She has served on the National and NYC Board of Directors of the USGBC.

Much of her recent consulting work, as well as her book Next Generation Infrastructure, focuses on bringing about a future of multipurpose, low-carbon, resilient infrastructure that is tightly coordinated with natural and social systems. Next Generation Infrastructure highlights hopeful examples from around the world, ranging from the Mount Poso cogeneration plant in California to urban rainwater harvesting in Seoul, South Korea, to the multi-purpose Marina Barrage project in Singapore. Case studies show how synergies among infrastructure elements can achieve crosscutting benefits and lower costs. 

A graduate of the Yale University School of Architecture, she has been a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, where she examined green building practices in Germany.

She has given well over one hundred and fifty presentations, nationally and internationally, over the last 20 years. Internationally, she has made presentations in Germany, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong and Lebanon. She has presented to audiences at many major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, and MIT.

Brown speaks on green design and building in the public sector, greening schools and universities, and green roadway and infrastructure design and construction.

Videos, including a talk and several interview clips, an audio of an NPR Living On Earth interview, and information about her books are all available here. To discuss Hillary Brown as a possible speaker, please call 408-865-0888, or send us an email message here.

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