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Paul Hyett visit

Noted British architect to lecture at
Texas A&M College of Architecture



The Texas A&M College of Architecture will feature a very special guest lecture by Paul Hyett, former head of the Royal Institute of British Architects and chairman of RyderHKS architects, 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 7 in the Preston Geren Auditorium.

An expert in healthcare, educational and ecologically responsible design, Hyett is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London. He spent the early part of his career working for the celebrated British architect Cedric Price and went on to run his own practice, which eventually merged with RyderHKS in 2001.

The firm engages projects throughout the United Kingdom and the world with extensive involvement in residential and urban regeneration work, commercial and business parks, and educational and health related projects.

In addition to his Nov. 7 lecture, Hyett’s three-day visit will include student design reviews and meetings with faculty and doctoral students to discuss collaborative research initiatives and the possibility of creating a Center for EcoDesign at the Texas A&M College of Architecture.

Hyett served as president of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 2001 to 2003. He is widely known for his regular contributions to the architectural press. For six years he penned a weekly column on practice and education issues in the Architect’s Journal.

His role in education has taken him to schools of architecture around the world and he has been commissioned by the South Korean and the Australian governments to advise respectively on architectural education and the regulation of practice.

Hyett has been a member of the National Health Service Design Review Panel and Advisory Steering Group since 2003. The group is charged with examining and commenting on all new major hospital projects in the UK.

He is a Trustee of the Civic Trust, the British Architectural Library Trust, and the Construction Youth Trust. Hyett is also a board director of the Building Centre and has recently been appointed chairman of Carbon Vision, an organization responsible for coordinating a series of university research programs aimed at achieving a general reduction of 50% in CO2 emissions from buildings by the year 2030.

He has lectured widely throughout the UK and overseas, including keynote addresses to the Indian Institute of Architects and the South African Institute of Architects during the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

Hyett has published three books: “In Practice,” as sole author, and “Rough Guide to Sustainability” and “Tomorrow’s Hospitals,” as co-author.

He has recently worked for the Medical Foundation on a treatment center for the care of victims of torture, the only facility of this kind in the world.

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