Redoubling his efforts to advance Central Texas urbanism and urban design education in Texas, Black + Vernooy principal Sinclair Black has donated $5 million to the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (UTSOA), where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree and taught for 50 years. Black’s gift is dedicated to enriching the School’s urban design graduate program and research efforts through the Sinclair Black Endowed Chair in the Architecture of Urbanism, which provides support for distinguished faculty in the field, visiting lecturers and critics, funding research initiatives, travel and merit scholarships, and outreach and collaborative efforts.
Sinclair Black is professor emeritus at the UTSOA and the retired Roberta P. Crenshaw Centennial Professorship in Urban Design and Environmental Planning. From 1972–73, he served as acting dean of the School. His commitment to teaching the expansive potential of urban design to affect broad, lasting change in cities’ economic health, quality of life, and sustainability has affected generations of students who are continuing this mission across the globe.
Read the full UTSOA press release about the gift here.