Alumnus Hazari Honored for Exceptional Professional Achievements
The UT Alumni Board recognized College of Architecture and Design alumnus Patrick Hazari (B.Arch. ’05) this month for his exceptional professional achievements. Hazari was one of five who received the Alumni Promise Award, which recognizes UT alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement early in their careers.
After graduating in 2005, Hazari was a designer at Weiss/Manfredi, one of the most prominent architectural firms in America. After three years, Hazari joined the Friends of the High Line team in 2008. At only 35 years of age, Hazari is now the Director of Design and Construction for Friends of the High Line, a non-profit conservancy responsible for the world-renowned 1.45-mile-long linear park built on a former railroad structure in New York City. Hazari is currently directing construction of the final phase of the High Line, the “Spur”, and leading the concept design of a street level plaza.
On September 8, Hazari was joined by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Al Hazari, to attend the Annual UT Alumni Board dinner, where he received his award from UT Chancellor Davenport. While on campus, Hazari visited with faculty and staff and worked one-on-one with students to critique their designs.
When asked for advice, Hazari explained, “It’s important that students know the profession blurs many lines, and there are different professional paths that can be taken within the field of design. The curriculum at UT prepares and exposes students to the big picture. Architecture is just a small piece of the fabric of design.”
Dean Scott Poole speaks highly of Hazari, “He is a source of inspiration for current and future students, helping them imagine the possibilities for their own careers and future success.”
As a student at UT, Hazari received one of the college’s highest honors—the American Institute of Architects’ Henry Adams Fund Certificate of Merit. He continues to give back to the college by serving as a member of the college’s board of advisors since 2011 and a member of the Dean’s Advocacy Board since 2014. In May 2017, he was the featured speaker at the college’s commencement ceremony.
Article written by Whitney Brothers, College of Architecture and Design Communications Intern