Hines leaves behind an indelible legacy of altruism, a keen appreciation of higher education and an unflagging commitment to cultural and community improvement at the highest level.
Gerald D. Hines, founder and chairman of the international real estate firm Hines, was synonymous worldwide with innovation, investment and revitalization. Locally, Houstonians have a more intimate relationship with his designs. They filmed special moments at his Waterwall Park, skated in his Galleria Houston and watched the moon rise over his contributions to the Houston skyline. Hines was committed to building and nurturing the next generation of architects, designers and critical thinkers. In 1997, through a generous $7 million gift, Hines established a permanently endowed fund and served as the namesake of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. In 2012, President Renu Khator presented him with an honorary doctorate (shown left). He continued, until his death, to lend his wisdom and support, funding international programming, student scholarships, internships abroad, and, most recently, the new Advanced Media Technology Lab. UH has lost a true friend, a generous benefactor and an enlightened supporter.