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New Yale Architecture Fellowship Features Clients as Teachers

In an uncommon nod to practical issues and to architectural clients, the Yale School of Architecture has established the new Edward P. Bass Visiting Architecture Fellowship, in which private and public clients will give students insights on “real world” development processes.

“Many students think developers are the enemy, and that’s not always true. It’s naïve to study architecture and never interact with people who are the clients,” says architecture school dean Robert A.M. Stern.


The first Bass Fellow will be property developer Gerald Hines, founder of Hines Real Estate, one of the largest developers in the world, with over 700 projects under its belt. Hines, adds Stern, was one of the first developers to patronize first-class architects including Philip Johnson, Pei Cobb Freed, Cesar Pelli, and Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

The fellowship was created thanks to a gift from Edward Bass, a Yale alumnus, and a significant real estate investor in Fort Worth, Texas. All fellows, chosen by Stern will participate in a design studio and deliver a public lecture. They will teach together with a senior of visiting faculty member. Hines will teach with German architect Stefan Behnisch, principal at Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner and the two will explore the Garibaldi Repubblica, a huge mixed-use development featuring several well-known architects, being built in Milan by Hines’s company.

Sam Lubell