Hines founder and chairman Gerald D Hines has received an honorary professorship at the Tongji University Architectural Design and Research Institute in Shanghai.
Hines (pictured) received the honour at the University on 28 August in front of an audience of 300 graduate students, architects and faculty after he shared a presentation on his career highlights.
Wu Jiang, vice president of Tongji University, presented the honorary professorship certificate to Hines on behalf of the University.
Tongji University is a leading college in China with 50,000 students enrolled, including 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying at its School of Architecture.
"It is our great honour to have a panel discussion with Hines at Tongji University and grant him our honorary professorship," Jiang says.
Last month, Hines announced that it was chosen as the successful bidder for Site #60 in Shanghai's prestigious Jing An business district. The firm also announced plans to develop Jing An Tower, a 54-story mixed-use project, on the parcel. A team from the Tongji University Design Institute is currently involved in creating the working drawings for that project.
Gerald Hines also holds honorary doctorates from Purdue University and the University of Houston, and is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Hines entered the Chinese real estate market in 1996. The firm has completed or has under construction more than eight million square feet in China - two million of which is in Shanghai and includes the 50-storey 21st Century Tower in Pudong, which houses Shanghai's newest Four Seasons Hotel.