Hilary Ballon PhD ’85 is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi and Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at New York University. She is part of the leadership team that is developing NYU's, full-scale campus for undergraduate and graduate students and pursuing the vision of NYU as a global network university. A founding member of the team that planned NYUAD, she has been involved in all aspects of the new university, with particular emphasis on the design of a globally oriented curriculum and of the campuses in downtown Abu Dhabi and on Saadiyat Island.
In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Ballon teaches courses on urbanism and architecture to undergraduates and in the graduate planning program at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Her scholarship concerns cities and the intersection of architecture, politics, and social life, with a recent focus on New York City. In 2012 she received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture for her publications and curatorial work.
Before joining NYU in September 2007, Dr. Ballon had been at Columbia University since 1985. An innovative and dedicated teacher, she received Columbia's highest teaching awards: the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Great Teacher Award, and the Philip and Ruth Hettleman Teaching Award.
Dr. Ballon received a BA from Princeton and a PhD from MIT. She has been a member of the MIT Architecture Visiting Committee since 2011.