Gerald D. Hines To Be Honored By National Building Museum At Washington Gala On June 20, 2000
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Building Museum will present its 2000 Honor Award to one of America's premier developers, Gerald D. Hines, on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m., at a black-tie gala held in the Museum's Great Hall. James A. Baker III, Stephen Bechtel, Jr., Jeffrey C. Hines, Philip C. Johnson, Henry A. Kissinger, and Ben F. Love will serve as chairs for the award dinner.
Given annually since 1986, The National Building Museum's Honor Award recognizes outstanding individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the nation's built environment. The 2000 Honor Award will be given to Mr. Hines in recognition of his long-standing commitment to the highest standards of design, engineering, construction, and property management, as well as the positive impact his buildings have had on cities worldwide.
As chairman and founder of the Hines firm, Gerald D. Hines has led one of the most important development operations in the United States. He has established a reputation for hiring outstanding architects to design his company's buildings, an approach whose wisdom has been well validated by his company's success over the past four decades.
Hines is continuing to exercise leadership as the firm works to encourage innovation in building technology and efficiency. The company also sets a strong example in the careful management of numerous properties throughout the country. "Gerry's not a developer; he's a patron" said architect Philip Johnson. Houston architect Carlos Jimenez has praised Mr. Hines as "a visionary developer who gives back to the city."
"Gerald Hines has proven himself an enlightened and visionary patron of buildings around the world, and has earned a reputation as a developer dedicated to improving America's built environment," said Museum president Susan Henshaw Jones.
Born in Gary, Indiana, Gerald Hines received undergraduate and honorary doctoral degrees in engineering from Purdue University. He currently serves as a trustee advisor on the board of Rice University. Hines has been recognized for its achievements throughout its history. Hines' Pennzoil Place in Houston, designed by Johnson/Burgee, was named Building of the Year in 1975 by former New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable.
The Urban Land Institute bestowed their Award for Excellence to Hines' famed Galleria in Houston, designed by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum; and to Norwest Center in Minneapolis, which was designed by Cesar Pelli. Williams Tower, a Hines project in Houston also designed by Johnson/Burgee, was named Skyscraper of the Century in the December 1999 issue of Texas Monthly magazine.
In 1997, the University of Houston, College of Architecture paid tribute to Mr. Hines and his family by renaming the school the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. An exhibition titled Hines Sight highlighting Hines' architectural achievements was also presented by the University. Gerald Hines was named Entrepreneur of the Year, 1996, by Ernst & Young LLP, and in 1998 and 1999 was named National Real Estate Investor's Office Developer of the Year. Mr. Hines also holds an honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects.
Co-chairs of the award dinner include: Harold L. Adams, David M. Childs, Peter C. Forster, M. Arthur Gensler, A. Eugene Kohn, William E. Pedersen, Cesar Pelli, Jerry I. Speyer, and Robert A.M. Stern. Members of the Honorary Committee for the dinner are: Mayor of Houston Lee P. Brown, Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator and Mrs. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Paul A. Volcker. A video presented at the gala includes a salute from fellow Houstonian and close personal friend, former President George Bush, and a tribute from architect Philip Johnson.
Proceeds from the evening benefit the National Building Museum's exhibits and education programming. Tables for ten persons may be purchased for $25,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500. Single tickets are available for $250. Past honorees include: The McGraw-Hill Companies, the Bechtel Group, Cindy and Jay Pritzker, Lady Bird Johnson, James A. Johnson and Fannie Mae, J. Carter Brown, the Rockefeller family, IBM Corporation, and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Headquartered in Houston, Hines is a privately-owned real estate firm involved in developing, managing, leasing and acquiring real estate, as well as providing a wide range of advisory services. The Hines portfolio currently includes more than 600 properties representing 190 million square feet of office, mixed-use, industrial, retail and residential properties, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments. With offices in 66 U.S. cities and 11 foreign countries, and assets in excess of $9 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world.
The National Building Museum, which opened its doors to the public in 1985, is a private, nonprofit organization created by the U. S. Congress to celebrate the building arts, including architecture, urban planning, construction, engineering, and design. The Museum presents permanent and temporary exhibitions; collects artifacts of design and construction; publishes books and an award-winning journal, Blueprints; and offers a wide variety of programs in the Museum and in Washington-area schools for students, families and adults.
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