Professor emeritus Sinclair Black, FAIA, who taught at the school for 50 years, has donated $5 million to support the field of urban design at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. “This gift will enable us to position the school as a leader in urban design and will further strengthen our connections with and contributions to the development of Austin, Texas,” remarked dean Michelle Addington. “The transformative possibilities of Black’s generosity will provide unprecedented opportunities for the school to define a more integrative and collaborative approach to urban design that should serve as a model for others to emulate.”
After giving $1 million upon his retirement in 2017 to establish the Sinclair Black Endowed Chair in the Architecture of Urbanism, Black has committed $4 million in additional support to further transform teaching in urban design and to advance the School of Architecture’s partnerships with the City of Austin and other community-serving organizations. Funds will be used to support faculty with distinction and expertise in urban design and will bring in visiting critics and lecturers, recruit graduate students, sponsor outreach events and activities, and support students with interest in the field.
Upon making this gift, Black stated, “The very best urban design occurs when physical design skills intersect with both private opportunities and enlightened public policy. The University of Texas at Austin has the creativity, cutting-edge technology, and thought leaders which, when combined with this funding, will create paradigm-changing urban design solutions that benefit Austin and serve as best practice examples for other American cities. I expect great things to come from this.”