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As a former design director and Assistant Commissioner at New York City's Department of Design and Construction, Hillary Brown founded its Office of Sustainable Design. She was managing editor of the nationally and internationally recognized City of New York High Performance Building Guidelines, co-author of the U.S. Green Building Council's State and Local Green Building Toolkit, and author of Implementing High Performance Buildings. Additionally, she envisioned and has co-authored the just-released High Performance Infrastructure: Best Practices for the Public Right-Of-Way for New York City and the Design Trust for Public Space.
Currently a practicing architect, she is principal of the firm New Civic Works, where she specializes in green design for schools, universities, public buildings, and infrastructure. She teaches sustainable design at the Princeton and Columbia University Schools of Architecture as well as at the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy, and she is a Fellow of the City University of New York Institute for Urban Systems.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council and is now a Board Member for the nationally recognized Healthy Schools Network.
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 more than one hundred presentations over the last decade. 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. She speaks on green design and building in the public sector, greening schools and universities, and green roadway and infrastructure design and construction.
(eco)Logical: Greening the 21st Century City
as author at MIT World Series: Kevin Lynch Award,
together with: Richard M. Daley, Ken Greenberg, Robert Campbell, Douglas I. Foy,