Hillary Brown

Fellow, Buildings & Design


Hillary Brown is principal of New Civic Works, where she specializes in green design for infrastructure, public buildings, universities, and schools. While at the City of New York's Department of Design and Construction, Hillary founded the Office of Sustainable Design and was managing editor and co-author of the city's internationally recognized High Performance Building Guidelines. She has also co-authored High Performance Infrastructure: Best Practices for the Public Right-Of-Way and the U.S. Green Building Council's State and Local Green Building Toolkit.

Hillary has delivered more than one hundred presentations over the last decade across the U.S., as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She teaches sustainable design at Princeton, Columbia, and Bard, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Systems at City University of New York. 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. Hillary has been a Board Director of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is currently a Board Member of the Healthy Schools Network.


HILLARY BROWN: Our Green Infrastructure in 10 Years

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PCI Buildings & Design Fellow Hillary Brown discusses the future green building in North America.

Latest Publications

Next-Generation Infrastructure

Hillary Brown    May 16, 2014   

This spring, yet another Presidential appeal for fixing the nation’s “raggedy” infrastructure (his word choice) failed to stir a response from Congress. However, bolder moves elsewhere to renew these critical … >>

Infrastructural Ecologies: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works

Hillary Brown    Nov 01, 2010   

Originally published at Places/Design Observer. Reproduced with permission. Despite the recent infusion of federal stimulus funds into infrastructure projects across the country — part of the American Recovery and … >>

CITIES, TOWNS, AND SUBURBS: Toward Zero-Carbon Buildings

Hillary Brown    Nov 22, 2010   

EXCERPT: Despite its persuasive momentum, the green building movement signifies a mere initial advance toward a low-carbon future. Even as we acknowledge that green facilities must be the building blocks of the resilient … >>

Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works

Hillary Brown

The 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis-St. Paul quickly became symbolic of the debilitated interstate highway system—and of what many critics see as America’s disinvestment in its infrastructure. The extreme … >>

press coverage

Brown cited in Treehugger piece on birds and buildings

Hillary Brown  

Post Carbon Fellow Hillary Brown was quoted in this piece on the dangers of glass buildings to birds. Hillary was a lead author on Audebon Minnesota's Bird Safe Building Guidelines. From the article:   Chicago, New … >>