Hines Fund Promotes Sustainable Architectural Design
To celebrate the establishment of the Hines Endowed Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design, Yale School of Architecture hosted a major symposium in April, 2008 reexamining fundamental assumptions of sustainable design.
Titled “Sustainable Architecture, Today and Tomorrow: Reframing the Discourse,” the symposium called upon experts and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to take stock of the movement in sustainable architecture thus far and to explore new directions “designing green” might take.
The $5 million endowment was created by Gerald D. Hines P’07, P’10, founder and chair of Hines, an international real estate firm. Hines was the first Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow at the Yale School of Architecture. The School is a leader in the effort to fully integrate sustainable design and technology into the architectural curriculum.
Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, noted that, “This pivotal gift recognizes the shared goal of the Yale School of Architecture and the Hines company, a leader in global best practices and promoting sustainable development, to support research and instruction that will enable new graduates to expand the scope of their expertise and their influence as future leaders in the field of architecture.”
“Sustainable Architecture, Today and Tomorrow: Reframing the Discourse,” which was sponsored by Hines, marked the twentieth anniversary of Our Common Future, the groundbreaking report of the UN-supported Brundtland Commission outlining an international plan to confront the world’s growing environmental crisis. Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former director-general of the World Health Organization, delivered the keynote address, and participants included some of the leading practitioners and innovators in the burgeoning field of sustainable design.
(February 27, 2008)