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Sinclair Black, visionary Austin architect, planner and educator, honored with highest honor

By meerna Jul11,2024
Sinclair Black, visionary Austin architect, planner and educator, honored with highest honor

Sinclair Black’s career spans more than five decades as an architect, designer, planner, and faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin. He is considered a visionary for his innovative and wide-ranging work in architecture and urban design.

Now, Black has been honoured with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

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The Urban Land Institute, which bills itself as the world’s oldest and largest network of real estate and land use experts, selected Black for its 2024 Austin Vision Award.

This award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the Austin region. It is ULI Austin’s highest honor, given to individuals who have made an impact on both the real estate industry and the community at large.

“Sinclair has been involved in so many transformational initiatives that have helped shape Austin,” said Paulette Gibbins, executive director of ULI Austin. “One notable example is his key role in Reconnect Austin, the grassroots campaign to bury Interstate 35 to connect downtown and East Austin. Reconnect Austin won our Next Big Idea Award in 2018, and the cap planned today is a direct result of his hard work.”

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Black has left his mark on numerous projects: the Second Street District, a thriving retail, dining and entertainment hub in downtown Austin; the Cedar Street Courtyard in downtown Austin; Reconnect Austin; Central Market in Central Park at 38th Street; and Austin’s Great Streets Master Plan, a 306-block vision for downtown Austin.

A native of San Antonio, Black has pioneered the mixed-use development trend that continues to transform downtown Austin, working with nonprofit boards, neighborhood groups, developers, park advocates, the downtown business community and others to improve Austin and Central Texas.

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Over the years, Black, a principal at Black + Motal (formerly Black + Vernooy), has served on numerous nonprofit projects and boards. He holds a bachelor of architecture from the University of Texas and a master of architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

A professor emeritus at the University of Texas School of Architecture, he joined UT’s architecture faculty in 1967 and served as acting dean of the school from 1972 to 1973. His commitment to teaching the potential of urban design to transform cities’ economic health, quality of life and sustainability has influenced generations of students who continue that mission around the world, ULI officials said.

ULI will present Black with the award on August 27 at the Topfer at the Zach Theatre.

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This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman: For more than five decades, Sinclair Black’s work has helped shape the Austin area

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