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
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
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
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.