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MITArchA Alumni Achievement Award: Jeffrey Heller '64, M.Arch '67

  • Olympic Club - City Clubhouse 524 Post Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)
Image: Todd Johnson, San Francisco Business Times

Image: Todd Johnson, San Francisco Business Times


Join us on Thursday May 18, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm PST for the Inaugural MITArchA Alumni Achievement Award event, where we will honor Jeffrey Heller ’64, M.Arch ‘67, FAIA. John Chisholm '75 '76, MIT Corporation Trustee and Past President of MITAA and MITCNC, will be presenting the award to Mr. Heller. The event will be held at the Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco. Mr. Heller will give a talk, followed by the ceremony, a reception, and an optional dinner. The event will be livestreamed so we invite alumni from around the country and world to gather together in real time to participate in celebrating the MIT Department of Architecture.

The global recognition of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning with first place ranking in “Architecture/Built Environment” three years in a row by OS World University Rankings is reason for all MIT alumni to celebrate, and impetus for alumni to leverage our network to build a stronger future and a better world together.

Building on the momentum of the school’s success, the time has come for us to celebrate who we are by honoring one of our very own: Jeffrey Heller, the first recipient of MITArchA’s Alumni Achievement Award.

Jeffrey Heller ’64, M.Arch ‘67, FAIA, is president and founder of Heller Manus Architects, leaders in sustainable buildings and urban planning. Heller Manus is known for major mixed use developments in the U.S. and more than a dozen cities in China. He is Partner-in-Charge of the first LEED Gold high-rise office buildings in both San Francisco and Shanghai, and the very first LEED Platinum ND master plan. You can read his biography here.

Mr. Heller will speak about his latest interests, his work, and of course, MIT. In addition to leading projects in sustainable architecture and urban design in the US and China, Jeffrey serves on a variety of boards and organizations in both countries that promote green urban planning and building strategies.  He has had the privilege of addressing climate change at both the policy level and in the realization of city plans and projects.  As he reminisces his time as a student at MIT in the sixties and reflects on his fifty-year career, Jeffrey will share his insight into the long and complex journey that has shaped his role and success as an international leader in the profession.

There will be a short Q&A, followed by a catered reception, and we will invite alumni to text in their questions. The event is free for MIT alumni (register here). If you wish to stay for the buffet dinner with Mr. Heller at the Olympic Club, please select "Lecture plus Dinner" under the Event Registration Fee, for $105 per person. Please register by May 6th!

We wish to thank alumna and MITArchA Vice-President, Pamela Tang (Chang Sing) ‘83 for spearheading this initiative and for her generous sponsorship of the event.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco
Dress code: Business Casual (no blue jeans or denim please)
Ceremony and Reception in Hall of Fame: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Optional: Dinner at the Olympic Club Main Dining Room: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Select) 


Ceremony and Reception: Free for MIT alumni but registration is required.
Dinner (optional) is charged to participants at cost - $105 per person


Pamela Tang / 415-516-8438 /
Jacob Kain / 414-248-5196 /