Cornerstone Award

Created in 1999, the Cornerstone Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life by elevating architecture and the arts, promoting the value of community, or preserving the natural environment.

2014 Cornerstone Award Recipient: Gerald D. Hines

Our 2014 Cornerstone Award recipient is Gerald D. Hines, Honorary AIA, founder and chairman of Hines.

In 1957, Mr. Hines established what has become one of the most influential firms in Houston and around the world. Hines is an international real estate investment, development, and management powerhouse whose name has become synonymous with excellence in design, environmental sustainability and business operations. Since the firm's inception, Hines' vision has guided the firm's executive committee, its new business and investor relationships, and its pursuit of architectural excellence.

His two first major projects, completed in the mid-1960s, included One Shell Plaza and the Galleria. Building on the success of those developments, he went on to transform the city by bringing in world-renowned architects like Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei, César Pelli, and SOM, and working with many important local, national and international firms to create projects that not only represent the highest quality and aesthetic relevance, but also provide enduring value to the clients, investors and community.

Past Cornerstone Award Recipients

  • 2013 Kay Carter Fortson, Fort Worth
  • 2012 Liz Lambert, Austin
  • 2011 Walter J. Humann, Dallas
  • 2010 Bill Greehey, San Antonio
  • 2009 John and Dominique de Menil, Houston
  • 2008 Bob R. Simpson
  • 2007 William P. Hobby
  • 2006 Deedie Potter Rose
  • 2005 Walter Nold Mathis
  • 2004 Jack S. Blanton, Houston
  • 2003 Ruth Carter Stevenson, Fort Worth
  • 2002 Bill Ratliff , Mount Pleasant
  • 2001 Raymond Nasher, Dallas
  • 2000 Lady Bird Johnson, Austin
  • 1999 George and Cynthia Mitchell, Galveston