We are a human-centric, research based architecture and urbanism practice in downtown Princeton. Founding partners Barbara A. Hillier and J. Robert Hillier lead the studio of interdisciplinary staff. Our storefront location in the old Witherspoon Jackson neighborhood is apropos of our desire to reach into the places where people live and to engage them in the conversation about the future.
Our convictions and beliefs about architectural practice remain unchanged. We believe in the inclusivity of architecture and that it is open-ended and without limitation. We believe in the profound need for dialogue between people and between the public and private spheres. We view architects as artists and thinkers, technologists and writers, makers and doers, who deserve a humane workplace where they can thrive. Fundamentally, we believe that architecture exists within the interdisciplinary corpus of cultural production, that it performs as both index and path for advancing society and human history.
Studio Hillier LLC has been in operation since 2011. We are registered in the State of New Jersey as a WBE, Women’s Business Enterprise.
As it relates to the future, the American city in all its multilayered complexity, is a catalogue of problems looking for solutions. It is not so much a laboratory for experimentation, as it is a Petrie dish overflowing with the particles and predictors for urban regeneration. The inhabitants, a polyglot assemblage of immigrants and dreamers, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, are formulating the potent new agenda for living in twenty-first century America that will stimulate the emergent refiguration of cities. This we find incredibly exciting.
Architecture exists at the convergence of forces all vying for control. They are numerous and contradictory. America is in need of intelligent, thoughtful, and economically viable solutions to its aged networks and constructions. Architects must take on a strategic role in leading the discourse among the many, often opposing constituencies in the interest of not only the client they represent, but also those whose interests are most likely affected by their actions. We see our path forward as more than designers, but as urbanists, builders, and developers. The time is right for architecture to reclaim the territory that was once its own.