Global Developer to Celebrate 90th Birthday with some of World's Top Architects

Gerald D. Hines to host the Architectural Forum

(HOUSTON) – Legendary developer and icon in the real estate investment business Gerald D. Hines celebrated his 90th birthday on August 15th, by announcing plans for the Hines Architectural Forum next month. While Hines spent the weekend with an intimate gathering of family and close friends, plans are underway for a more elaborate birthday celebration in September at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design on the University of Houston campus.

With some of the world’s leading architects expected in Houston for the occasion, the Hines firm will host the Hines Architectural Forum: A Conversation with Gerald D. Hines and Living Legends of Architecture at the Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center on Friday, September 18th from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The forum will be moderated by Paul Goldberger, noted architectural critic and contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The panelists include Frank Gehry, Cesar Pelli, Robert A.M. Stern, Henry N. Cobb, Jon Pickard and the late Philip Johnson’s design partner John Burgee. These architects and their firms represent longtime architectural collaborators with the Hines firm, not only in Houston, but around the world.

“Our successes over the past six decades can be attributed to our good fortune of working with the most talented and visionary architects in the world,” commented Hines. “Great architects have assisted us in continuously raising the bar in the built environment. Timeless buildings, constructed of the highest quality, make the communities in which they stand a better place. I look forward to sharing the stories and expertise from this unprecedented panel with interested Houstonians, including our next generation of architects.”

The forum will be open to the public. Tickets are free, but will be distributed on a lottery basis, with architectural students receiving priority. Ticket requests can be submitted at

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with locations in 185 cities in 19 countries. Hines has $84.9 billion of assets under management, including $42.7 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services, and $42.2 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. In 2014, Hines completed over $8 billion in transactions on behalf of its investment management clients. The firm has 104 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired more than 1,000 properties, totaling over 339 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 511 properties, representing over 176 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit for more information.