President, The University of Texas at San Antonio
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Senior Associate, Ennead Architects, LLP
Emily Kirkland, AIA is a Senior Associate at Ennead Architects. Emily has sixteen years of experience in public and institutional building design and campus planning, with a focus on innovative academic research lab and teaching facilities. For the past seven years, Emily has been involved in master plans for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin as well as the College of Science and the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Emily’s expertise lies in the integration of the varied, and sometimes competing, goals and existing constraints of a college or university, with an emphasis on creating dynamic campus precincts that support cutting-edge research, facilitate collaboration, build community and culture, and ultimately inspire people.
Associate Principal, Ennead Architects, LLP
Alex O’Briant is an Associate Principal at Ennead Architects where he is a leading design voice and 14-year veteran of the firm. The power architects wield over an unsuspecting public keeps him awake at night, but the potential for architecture to positively impact human lives gets him going in the morning. His recent work includes major projects at Purdue University – the Engineering FlexLab and the STEM Teaching Lab – and at the University of Texas at Austin – the Engineering Education and Research Center and the Energy Engineering Building for the Cockrell School of Engineering and Robert B. Rowling Hall for the McCombs School of Business. Alex also directs Ennead’s Center for Education, focusing on innovation in Higher Education and K-12 design. Recent speaking engagements include The SCUP-53, 2018 Tradeline University Facilities Conference, and Metropolis Magazine Think Tank. Alex has taught architecture at Rice University and Lehigh University.
David L. Rea
Associate Vice President, Campus Planning and Project Management, The University of Texas at Austin
David Rea is the associate vice president for Campus Planning and Project Management for The University of Texas at Austin supporting the institution throughout the planning, design, and construction phases of all renovation and new construction projects via two units in his portfolio; major projects managed by Capital Planning and Construction and minor projects managed by Project Management and Construction Services. He also supports the development and implementation of the overall campus planning effort, ensuring projects are consistent with the campus master plan and are appropriately integrated with other institutional planning efforts. Additional units in his portfolio include the Office of Sustainability and the Campus Real Estate Office. Rea received a master of architecture degree from UT Austin and a bachelor of landscape architecture degree from the SUNY Environmental College at Syracuse University.
Wellington "Duke" Reiter
Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University
Wellington "Duke" Reiter, is the Senior Advisor to the President of Arizona State University with
particular focus on university/city integration. He also coordinates specific initiatives related to higher education, healthcare, and sustainability. Over the past twenty years, Reiter has played numerous roles: community leader, academic administrator, faculty member, architect, urban designer, and public artist. In the course of his career, he has established a track a record of highly effective partnerships with public office holders, the business community, non-profit groups, professional organizations, developers, and universities. Central to his diverse portfolio of experience has been the construction of mutually beneficial relationships between the institutions he has led and the cities in which they are located. A student of higher education, urban design, and entrepreneurship, Reiter is particularly interested in the economic, cultural, and sustainability of major US metro areas and the engagement of the top tier colleges and universities that are embedded within them.
Mr. Reiter was a key player in the conceptualization and creation of the award-winning Downtown Phoenix Campus for ASU. Reiter is the past President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the former Dean of the College of Design at Arizona State University, and a long-time faculty member at MIT in the Department of Architecture. He is the recipient of the Arizona Architect’s medal and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is presently the Chair of the Urban Land Institute in Arizona and is a national Trustee of the organization.
Vice President of Planning, Texas Medical Center
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Lawrence W. Speck
Professor, School of Architecture and Senior Principal, Page, The University of Texas at Austin
Larry Speck has gained considerable national and international recognition for his work as an architect, an architectural critic, an academic and a teacher. He is currently a senior principal at Page, where his design work has won more than 80 local, regional, national and international design awards. The work has been published as well, in more than 100 venues in the US and abroad. He has also been on the faculty of the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin since 1975 and served as dean 1992-2001. Larry Speck brings to campus planning a rich background as a planner/designer, but also as an academic and as a scholar who has written articles and contributed to books on the topic. His recent book, “Campus Guide: The University of Texas at Austin” published by Princeton University Press documents his particular expertise on the presentation topic.
Dean and Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
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