The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark has announced a commitment from Robert and Barbara A. Hillier in support of scholarships, faculty development, technology and physical space upgrades, high-impact educational experiences, and curricular innovation.
In recognition of the largest gift in its history, NJIT will rename its College of Architecture and Design for the Hilliers, who are co-founders and principals of Studio Hillier LLC, in Princeton. During the 1990s, the Hilliers' firm designed the architecture school at NJIT that will now bear their name — a project that incorporated open and closed studios; an exhibition and conference gallery; space for construction, structural, and materials testing; and views of Newark and Manhattan — and for which they won the American Institute of Architects' New Jersey Chapter Design Award. The Hilliers have worked on projects for more than a hundred educational institutions as well as public libraries and private-sector entities and have done historical restoration work on the U.S. Supreme Court Building and the Virginia State Capitol, among others.
"I think the leadership at NJIT is very special," said Barbara Hillier. "They have been looking for ways to enhance the programs they have, not just in architecture, but in other disciplines as well. And they really embrace all of their students and provide them with a very strong education from which to launch their careers."
"NJIT is very forward-thinking in everything that it does. I believe that architecture needs to look forward as a profession, more today than ever before," said Robert Hillier. "This inspired us to think that NJIT would be a good place to support the future of architecture. Our hope is that this support will improve access to architectural education and advance architectural research at NJIT."