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2012 Spring Final Reviews - 1st Year - Thursday 3 May

2012 Spring Final Reviews - 2nd Year - Friday 4 May

2012 Spring Final Reviews - 3rd Year - Monday 7 May

2012 Spring Final Reviews - Graduate Studios - Tuesday 8 May

Guest Reviewers

  1. Doug Bergert
  2. Corey Branch
  3. Thomas D. Curtis
  4. Larry Doll
  5. Barry Hand
  6. Brantley Hightower
  7. Peter Hind
  8. John Houser
  9. John L. Munn
  10. Charlie O’Geen
  11. William W. Persefield
  12. Heinrich Schnoedt
  13. Mark Stanley
  14. Al York

Guest Reviewer Biographies

Doug Bergert

Perkins+Will, Minneapolis

Doug Bergert studied at the University of Houston and Harvard University. After graduate school he worked on speculative projects for the Michael Sorkin Studio. Later, Bergert engaged in industrial design, material research and furniture fabrication in the workshop of Gaetano Pesce. He taught drawing and design studios at Pratt Institute, the Boston Architectural Center, the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Currently Bergert is with Perkins+Will in Minneapolis. He works on a variety of project types, but over the last several years has focused on performing arts, higher education and K-12 education.

Corey Branch

Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper, Lubbock

Corey is a Corporate Associate at Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper in Lubbock. He serves as the studio leader for PSC's Healthcare Studio. Since coming to PSC in 1999, Corey has worked on numerous healthcare projects all over the region. Corey is a 1994 graduate of Texas Tech College of Architecture and a proud Red Raider!

Thomas D. Curtis

AIA, Curtis Group Architects, Ltd.

Tom Curtis, AIA, is the President and CEO of Curtis Group Architects, Ltd., a Dallas-based, full-service healthcare architecture, interior design, and planning firm.  Tom is a 1980 graduate of the Texas Tech College of Architecture, and has served as both a member (1994–2011) and President (1999–2003) of the Architecture Alumni Board.  He is a founding member of the Healthcare Design Steering Committee for the College. 

He and his wife Gloria Curtis, a 1979 Texas Tech graduate (BFA, Interior Design), are benefactors of the Curtis Group Architects/Thomas & Gloria Curtis Endowed Scholarship.     Tom founded CGA in 1996, after spending the first 15 years of his career as an associate and project manager with a large firm in Dallas, focusing on a wide variety of large healthcare and commercial projects.  His experience includes facility masterplanning, acute care hospitals, rehab hospitals, surgery centers, medical office buildings, wellness centers, cancer centers, and imaging centers.  As the leader of CGA, he emphasizes the concept of personal professionalism with a focus on relationships – providing one-on-one personal service to each client to achieve creative high-quality, cost-effective solutions.  In 2006, he opened an office in Pawleys Island, SC, to better serve clients in the area.

Larry Doll

Associate Professor, UT Austin

Larry Doll has taught architecture at Cornell University, Virginia Tech and, since 1975, at The University of Texas. His main area of research is the theory of architectural morphology, the study of structure and logic in architectural form. He is founding director of the School of Architecture's European Study Program, an annual study abroad option for upper division undergraduate and graduate architecture students. He also maintains a small architectural practice specializing in residential design.

Barry Hand

AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, Principal RTKL Associates Inc., Dallas, RTKL.COM

Barry Hand, AIA LEED BD+C, an alumnus of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University where he earned the Henry C. Adams Medal upon graduation in 1990, is a Principal in the Dallas office of RTKL.  His diverse project experience spans urban commercial complexes, corporate centers, hospitality environments, education facilities, as well as mixes of different uses on site specific projects.  Mr. Hand has been managing design teams involved in complex project processes around the world since returning to RTKL in early 2005.  His organizational skills, attention to client service, and synthesis of design, urban planning, and financial/technical requirements are key to successfully orchestrating the many players and components required in large mixed-use projects.  Additionally, Barry’s comprehensive understanding of projects applied over the long duration of many successful large developments has been instrumental in RTKL’s repeat business, and further international expansion into Latin America and the Middle East. Interested in the powerful influence of mixed-use redevelopment in revitalizing decaying urban perimeters, Barry recently wrote a semester long curriculum, and then led a larger group of RTKL design experts as instructors in graduate level design studios for the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University.  A member of the American Planning Association, Barry currently serves as a full member of the City Planning Commission in Richardson, and serves the College as an Adjunct Studio Critic.  Barry has now closely mentored several semesters of Texas Tech Practicum Studio students placed in the Dallas office of RTKL.

Brantley Hightower

Project Architect, Lake|Flato Architects

Brantley Hightower received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked for Perkins and Will in Chicago and Max Levy in Dallas before returning to school to earn a Post-Professional Master of Architecture Degree from Princeton University. Since then he has been a project architect at Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio. Brantley’s design work outside of the office has also received recognition. His entry into the 2008 “Flip a Strip” competition was featured in the accompanying exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art while his Studio HiYoBe design team was awarded a 2010 Texas Society of Architects Studio Award for its Marfa “edgeHouse” project. Brantley has held visiting and adjunct professorships at a number of schools including the University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Tech University and Trinity University. He is also a contributing writer to “Texas Architect”.  Since 2008, Brantley has been engaged in a project to document and analyze the courthouses of Central Texas.----

Peter Hind

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, College of Architecture

As a result of growing up in Bermuda, Peter became implicitly aware of the power of environments, both natural and constructed. His childhood residence, built in 1720, collected its own water for both washing and drinking. Conservation was not a contemporary trend but rooted in one’s everyday experience. This early embedded experience acts as a basis for design and teaching. Peter received his architectural education at the University of Nebraska and at the Architectural Association in London. As a registered architect, his work experience includes both large and small scale practice ranging from residential design to large research projects with an international design firm. He created FOUNDarchitects in 2009 and the firm has received numerous state AIA design awards and the work has been published in Dwell magazine. By combining teaching, creative activity, and research, Peter has published papers regarding an integrated and collaborative design process addressing the relationship between materials, building structures, and the environment. Design work has been presented at both regional and national conferences. Peter has led multiple Design Assistance Teams for the American Institute of Architects. Today, he is a full-time tenure track faculty member and the Principal of FOUNDarchitects. His teaching interests include an integrated graduate Healthcare Studio, Site Planning, Urban Studio, graduate thesis mentorship, a graduate-level elective titled Critical Sustainability, and a Community Design Studio focused on assisting various organizations in the Lincoln community. Peter is past chair of the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student hosted at the University of Nebraska, College of Architecture held in spring 2011. He was the recipient of the 2008-2010 Steward Professorship in sustainability and he serves on the Lincoln Urban Design Committee and is the Chair of the Innovation Campus Architectural Review Committee.

John Houser


John Houser is from Austin, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech College of Architecture in 2006. He received his Masters of Architecture from Princeton University in 2009.He has worked for WW in Princeton, dxb-lab in Dubai, and in Boston for Moshe Safdie Architects. In 2010 he joined the office dA, which has since been reestablished as NADAAA. While working at NADAAA, he has overseen the design of the Austin Seaholm wall project and the Liquid Archive installation for MIT's 150th anniversary.

John L. Munn

AIA Associate, RTKL Associates, Inc.

John Munn is an award winning designer with a wide variety of project experience ranging from mixed use, retail, and commercial to hospitality and resort design. With over 12 years of experience in design John has a proven ability to create innovative solutions and is dedicated to excellence in each phase of the design and construction process.

Charlie O’Geen

Detroit, MI

Charlie O’Geen’s work involves site-specific, architectural investigations that respond directly to the conditions of the site and often utilize found objects as building materials. He received a BSArch and an MArch from SUNY Buffalo and then went on to earn a second MArch from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Charlie currently lives in Detroit, Michigan working independently on full-scale architectural and building projects.

William W. (Bill) Persefield

AIA, ACHA, NCARB, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Development Corporation

Mr. Persefield has devoted his entire career exclusively to the planning, design and delivery of effective, patient-centered healing environments. He has led all phases of the healthcare facility development process on major capital programs, including needs analysis, planning, programming, design, construction and project management in the U.S. and internationally. In 2000, as one of less than two hundred (200) architects in the United States recognized by the American Institute of Architects for their expertise in the planning and design of healthcare facilities, he was selected and admitted as a Founding Member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). He is a licensed architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University in 1977. In 2007 , he founded Medica Development Corporation, a commercial real estate company that develops hospitals and medical facilities for providers of medical services nationwide He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Medica."

Heinrich Schnoedt

Associate Professor
 + Chair of Advanced Professional Program at Virginia Tech, School of Architecture + Design

Professor Schnoedt studied Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences, Munich, followed by a Fulbright Scholarship year at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech. He worked in practice for Furtwaengler Architects, Munich and Ritter Architects, Alexandria, VA. His academic career at Virginia Tech was initially focused on Graduate Studies in both 2-year and-3 year Masters programs, with concentration on digital media. Progressively Professor Schnoedt shifted his focus toward his increasing study abroad participation and organization. As of now, he conducted approximately 30 European Study Abroad Programs, and since 2001, and has taught five semesters in Switzerland at the Center for European Studies and Architecture, in Riva San Vitale. In 2006, he held the year-long Endowed John Russell Grove Professorship at the University of Kentucky where he focused on urban revitalization and the formation of a "Bourbon District". Currently, he is the Program Chair of the Advanced Professional Program, namely 3,4,5th year, with 290 students. Professor Schnoedt has continued to direct and participate in other study abroad programs, including the maintaining of the Washington-Alexandria Center, Chicago, and the bi-lateral exchange programs. He currently teaches studios in 4th and 5th year, and serves on several Graduate Thesis Committees; when time permits Professor Schnoedt loves to engage students in a (modern) Architecture/Urbanism seminar.

Mark Stanley


Mark Stanley is a designer based in Ann Arbor, MI and co-founder of StudioMars, a speculative design-research practice. His work is situated in and around moments of collaboration, collusion, collision, and outright conflict between politics, aesthetics, sociality, geographies, fabrication processes, and material culture, among others. Mark is a maker of things. His work is at the point of materialization when vast systems meet micro-politics, when capital changes from this hand to that one, and when a collective ideal underwrites a type of subjectivity; his work sits between the production of theory and the materialization of architecture, and it values both as being mutually constructive. His current research includes work on the air-travel apparatus and the nuclear apparatus, both of which engage the boundaries between politics and aesthetics, material and cultural production, and violence and technology, as well as in interior renovation in a townhouse at Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Park in Detroit, MI that considers Mies as a constituent of the 21st Century. Mark is a graduate of Texas Tech University (B.S. Arch) and the University of Michigan (M. Arch, M.S. Design Research)."

Al York

AIA, Principal of McKinney York Architects

Prior to joining McKinney York Architects, Mr. York worked in Baltimore, Birmingham, and Lubbock as both an educator and a practitioner.  While serving as an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University College of Architecture he was given several teaching honors, including the Tau Sigma Delta Teaching Excellence Award and the Ex-Students Association New Faculty Award.  He moved to Austin and joined the firm in 1995, and in 1998 became a partner.  During his professional career he has overseen many award winning projects including the City of Leander Transit Facility, the Waco Residence, and the Buddy Holly Center.  The firm also relies on him to manage the most complex projects in the office like the UT Chilling Station No. 6.