Hilary Lewis

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A Focus on the Built World

Hilary Lewis is an expert on architecture, urban planning and real estate development who has produced books, articles, magazines, websites and film. Trained in public policy, urban planning and history of architecture, she examines and comments on the challenges confronting the 21st-century city. Currently, she serves as the Chief Curator & Creative Director at The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the former home of eminent architect Philip Johnson.

Lewis has collaborated with leading figures of the building industry. With Philip Johnson, she wrote two books, multiple articles and produced a short film during over a decade of ongoing work. Lewis recorded extensively Johnson's memoirs and ideas on architecture, making her today a renowned source for information on the late architect.

Johnson and Lewis co-authored pieces for magazines and exhibitions, including work for The New York Times Magazine, Details and the Venice Biennale. Following Johnson’s passing in 2005, Lewis curated a major museum exhibition on the architect and served as the Philip Johnson Scholar at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Glass House site.

A specialist on real estate development as well as the aesthetics of architecture, Lewis has served as a consultant to Hines, the international real estate firm led by Gerald D. Hines and known for its dedication to design excellence in commercial development.

After the tragic events on September 11, 2001, she co-authored THINK New York: A Ground Zero Diary, an extensive book on the master planning and rebuilding at Ground Zero, produced with Rafael Viñoly Architects and released by Images Publishing.

She was a founding member of the editorial board and a contributing editor at two monthly publications launched in 2003 and 2004, HOME Fort Lauderdale and HOME Miami. Both of these magazines explored new ideas on architecture, real estate and design in Florida, achieving readership of 200,000 before being acquired by media giant Bonnier Corporation.

In 2009, she began work on Esplanade as its founding Senior Editor. Esplanade celebrated the architecture and design of the Boston region. In 2011, she joined the team launching a new design publication for South Florida, Tropic, and served as its Senior Editor.

In addition to research, consulting and writing, Lewis is a skilled public speaker, in part due to her early career in academia. Lewis studied and taught at MIT and Harvard. Her undergraduate degree was earned at Princeton. She has spoken to audiences and the media nationwide and has appeared on radio and television and in print and film.

Selected Works

This monthly publication celebrates the ongoing developments and history relating to the best of Florida's exciting architectural legacy.
Regional publication focused on architecture and design.
Revealing the best in architecture, design and development in South Florida.
Latest monograph from the world's largest architectural firm.
Catalog of exhibition, curated by Lewis, at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC.
Monograph on occasion of noted New York firm's 50th anniversary.
Monograph on firm of Graham Gund.
Featured in Business Week, Town and Country, House and Garden and Publisher's Weekly.
"[C]aptures the elusive Mr. Johnson best..."
--The New York Times
Real Estate
Examination of renowned real estate firm known for its commitment to improving level of design in commercial realm.
Urban development
An insider's account of the master planning process post-9/11 at New York's World Trade Center site.