Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa


J. Robert Hillier has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree from Princeton University and an honorary MBA from Bryant University. In 1966, he founded Hillier Architecture. Today it is known as Studio Hillier where, with his architect wife, Barbara, he is working extensively on major residential architecture projects and urban land use strategies. Hillier has received over 300 state, national and international design awards. In 1998, Architectural Record identified Hillier Architecture as one of the best-managed firms in the United States. At the time, the firm was the third largest strictly architectural firm in the nation.  

In 1989, Hillier was named New Jersey’s Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine. He was the first recipient, in 2001, of the Leonardo da Vinci Award from the Professional Services Management Association for lifetime leadership in his profession. Additionally, he has received the AIA’s Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Medal and the NJIT President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement. More recently, he received the Urban Land Institute Legacy Award for land conservation and the development of affordable housing.

As a member of the core faculty at Princeton University’s School of Architecture, Hillier has lectured extensively in the United States at schools of architecture and to AIA chapters.  He is a major stockholder of Princeton’s leading newspaper, Town Topics, and the publisher of Princeton Magazine.

In recognition of his distinguished and outstanding career as an architect and developer, The Board of Trustees of New Jersey Institute of Technology is pleased to confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, upon J. Robert Hillier.