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Houston BOMA Remembers Gerald Hines

Monday, August 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon Roberts
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From the Houston Business Journal

Gerald Hines, founder and chairman of Houston-based global real estate firm Hines, died on Aug. 23. He had turned 95 a week earlier, on Aug. 15.

Jeffrey Hines, his son who had been running the firm as president, has become chairman and CEO, according to an Aug. 24 press release.

Gerald Hines was born in Gary, Indiana, in 1925. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1948 and later received honorary doctorates from both Purdue and the University of Houston.

He grew his firm, established in 1957 in Houston, into a company with 4,800 employees across 225 cities in 25 countries, per the release. The firm has developed more than 907 projects worldwide, including the tallest office towers in Texas, Kentucky, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Italy.

Many of the firm's noteworthy projects are in Houston, including the 75-story office tower at 600 Travis St., which is commonly known as JPMorgan Chase Tower. Hines now owns the tower in a joint venture and is renovating the downtown property. In the late 1960s, Hines began assembling what would become the Galleria, now the largest mall in Texas. Nearby, Hines also developed what is now known as Williams Tower, Houston's tallest building outside of downtown.

Renowned in the architectural community, Gerald Hines received the Urban Land Institute's 2002 Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development and is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects. The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston and the Urban Land Institute's Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition were named in his honor.

"Beyond his significant, impactful career and his pioneering contributions to architecture, sustainability and the built environment, Dad felt his greatest achievement is the team of dedicated professionals who have, and will continue to, carry on his legacy of peerless quality, integrity and innovation," Jeffrey Hines said in the release.

Gerald Hines is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children; 15 grandchildren; and one great grandson. He will be buried in Aspen, Colorado, but a celebration of his life will be held after it is safe to congregate.

We will update this article with additional details as they are announced.

Read the full article at bizjournals.com.


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