The jury for International Architecture Awards 2017 was held at the Knoll Showroom in Dallas, Texas and features leading architects and educators.
Rick del Monte
Rick is a Managing Director and the Chief Design Officer at the Beck Group, an integrated architecture, construction, and technology firm. Rick directs the architectural design for seven offices and over 160 architects. As a Senior Partner at Urban Architecture Rick transformed a small local practice into an award winning firm, then started the architecture practice at Beck by merging the firms in 1999. Before joining Urban Architecture, Rick spent nine years at KPF in New York as an Associate Principal in design. His high rise projects have had a major impact on the skylines of cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Since joining Beck the firm has won more than 30 design awards from multiple industry groups, including 14 from the AIA and six national DBIA design excellence awards. Beck is the only firm that has been named AIA Dallas Firm of the Year and Contractor of the Year in the same year. Healthcare is currently the largest project type at Beck, and Rick is currently involved in the design of healthcare facilities in the U.S., Mexico, and the Bahamas. Rick has shared his experience at the national level as chairman of the AIA Center for Integrated Practice, the chairman of the Project Delivery Knowledge Community, a national board member of DBIA, and a founding member of the DBIA Design Excellence Council.
In the last four years he has organized six conferences and made 10 regional and national presentations on design, integration, and technology. He has become a resource for the AIA in helping to shape position statements on issues such as Design- Build and Public Private Partnerships. He has served on multiple professional design juries including the National AIA Healthcare Design Awards, Oklahoma State AIA Design Awards, the AIA Rio Grand Chapter Design Awards, and the DBIA National Design excellence Awards. Rick has taught design studios at the University of Texas at Arlington and served as a visiting Juror and critic at UT Austin, Texas A&M, University of Houston, and NJIT.
Bang has called Dallas his home since he was five years old, and having a Chinese background, has a unique, Eastern/Western take on architecture. The natural inclination to be rational, subtle, and minimal is countered by the urge to be instinctive, brave, and free. Bang’s focus is making architecture that is abstract in its homage to Texas regionalism and subtle in its attempt to be inventive.
Bang’s experience in the field is broad and varied, covering architecture of all types and scales. Bang holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was an Adjunct Professor for six years. Bang’s thesis for his graduate degree was on the design and marketability of small, semi-urban, sustainable, prototype dwellings. Bang then went on to teach a variety of design studios including a two semester design/build studio where students design and construct prototype micro houses.
Heath May is Director of HKS LINE (Laboratory for INtensive Exploration). An architect with 13 years of professional experience including commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare, he is currently focused on r+d and the application of this research to the built environment. An avid interest in passive solar design encourages a current LINE research initiative into the potential for using software for dynamic solar design through analysis and implementation of data-driven parameters for optimization of complex facades for daylighting and solar performance.
In addition to r+d, Heath leads a design team responsible for projects including future:GSA, a net-zero renovation solution that earned the 2012 WAN Commercial Building of the Year Award, and he worked as senior designer on Sustainable Urban Living, a winner of the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award. In April of 2013, he was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40. Heath currently serves on the Advisory Board at the PACCAR Technology Institute at the University of North Texas and is an advanced graduate design studio lecturer at University of Texas Arlington, CAPPA, School of Architecture.
Lance K. Josal Faia
Lance K. Josal FAIA is currently Chairman of CallisonRTKL Inc., one of the most influential and recognized architectural design practices in the world. A 37-year veteran of the practice, Lance ascended in the ranks of the firm, was named President and CEO in 2009 and is currently guiding the transition to new leadership in the role of Chairman. During his term as President and CEO, he navigated some of the most challenging economic times for the profession in recent memory leading RTKL to continued growth and prosperity nationally and internationally and growing to a top 5 ranking of US design firms per Design Intelligence. He is especially proud of the leadership team he has put in place and the growth of women in the ranks of senior leadership within the firm.
Lance has played an integral role in guiding CallisonRTKL’s expansion into new and emerging markets, with 20 offices worldwide including CallisonRTKL’s most recent offices of Manchester, Mexico City, Hong Kong and Berlin and was instrumental in the acquisition and merging of the Callison firm with RTKL Associates in 2014. Under his leadership, the CallisonRTKL design brand has received recognition and numerous design awards for its large-scale design around the globe especially high density real estate developments in the US, Asia and the Middle East.
He is a recognized leader in the planning and design of mixed-use developments, and understands the power that mixed-use complexes have as catalysts for urban growth and revitalization. Lance’s work is recognized for the way it strengthens the urban fabric, reinforces the public realm, and advances the mixed-use typology to create vibrant city centers. Projects such as City Crossing in Shenzhen, China, and LA Live in downtown Los Angeles exemplify CallisonRTKL’s blend of urbanism, design and sense of place to create sustainable destinations that enhance quality of life.
A frequent speaker, design award juror and author on large-firm management issues and mixed-use development, Lance and his work have been recognized by local and state AIA chapters, the APA, MIPIM, ICSC, the Congress for New Urbanism, Urban Land Institute and serves as an Executive Board Member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable. In March 2009, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in San Francisco for his contribution to advancing the profession of architecture.
A graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, Lance holds Bachelor Degrees in both Art (’77) and Architecture (’78). Throughout his career, Lance has maintained a relationship with his alma mater, serving as a founding member of the North Dakota State University Department of Architecture Advisory Board and was awarded its Alumni Achievement Award in 2016. As a result of Lance’s work to establish a permanent fundraising position for the College of Architecture, the university was able to raise its position on the Design Intelligence Rankings for all US undergraduate architecture programs from unranked in 2007 to third in the Midwest and 18th overall just one year later. Lance started his career in Dallas in 1978, moved to help grow the Chicago office in 2006 and came back home to Dallas in 2012 where he and his wife Karen have lived ever since.
Brian William Kuper
Joining GFF in 1993, and a Principal in the firm since 2007, Mr. Kuper has practiced architecture for nearly 25 years. As a Principal and Design Director, Brian oversees design work firm-wide and has made it his goal to involve all team members in the design process at GFF. He manages Design Awards submissions to both Dallas AIA and TSA, as well as designing and coordinating GFF’s entries to the Dallas AIA Annual Retrospect Exhibit.
Brian has earned many honors, both at GFF and other firms. His awards while with GFF include City of Richardson Community Revitalization Award (2005), D/AIA Citation Award (1998), TSA Design Competition Merit Award (1993), and the Ken Roberts Delineation Competition (1997 Citation Award and 1991, 1992 Traveling Show). Prior to joining GFF he won a TSA Merit Award for the Irving High School expansion. His creative outlets include the design and construction of custom furniture pieces and playing music. Brian is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving on the TSA Design Awards Committee from 2008 to 2015, acting as Chair of the committee during 2012-2013, and serving on the D/AIA Design Awards Committee from 1999 until 2003, 2008 through 2012, acting as Chair of the committee during 2009-2010, and D/AIA Commissioner of Design 2011-2012.
Mr. Kuper received his Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree from Texas A&M University in 1987 and his Master of Architecture Degree from Texas A&M University in 1990.
Tom Reisenbichler is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Managing Director of the southwest practice of Perkins+Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm. He is responsible for development of the region's business strategy and performance in all market sectors.
Founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities, Perkins+Will collaborates with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. More than 2,000 professionals across over 20 Perkins+Will offices include some of the brightest minds in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape architecture. Clients consistently turn to Perkins+Will for leadership and expertise in areas like sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility. Additionally, the firm’s Research Labs catalyze innovative design technologies and solutions that result in better, smarter, more competitive built environments. The recipient of hundreds of design awards each year, and a progressive leader in corporate social responsibility, Perkins+Will is consistently ranked among the world’s top design firms.
Tom is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He is a licensed architect in fourteen states and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has previously served on the board of the Dallas Center for Architecture, of which he was a founding member.
Ricardo Muñoz, Page Associate Principal / Designer brings a varied and international background to his award-winning work on project types from Civic/Government to Healthcare and Corporate/Commercial. Prior to joining Page, Ricardo worked in the Northeast and in Europe on many project types varying in scale from a large world-class museum in Qatar to single family residences on Martha’s Vineyard.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, where he now also teaches BIM/visualization courses and graduate design studios. Ricardo obtained his Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2012 and took advantage of several study abroad programs. Prior to joining Page, Ricardo worked for Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris, France.
Tom is passionate about design and creating unique and compelling experiences in every project, whether it be corporate facilities, urban hotels, luxury resorts, dynamic mixed use developments, museums or master plans. His philosophy is focused on the premise that there is a matchless, appropriate design solution for every opportunity, distinctive unto itself, not a repeated signature look. This fresh approach is holistic and collaborative, capturing the vision of clients, consultants and stakeholders in iconic, timeless expression.
Mattia J. Flabiano III is a Senior Principal at Page in Dallas, Texas. He joined Page 37 years ago and his experience has been focused on complex, mission critical type projects, from Academic Research Institutions, Micro-Electronics Fabrication Facilities and all facility types in the Health Industry. His expertise, experience and management style has provided leadership to Page’s Design Team for many of the rm’s most complex and successful projects. Much of Mattia’s success has been his understanding of the dynamic nature of design in a rapidly changing environment, how a multi-disciplinary group of designers work best in an enhanced collaborative mode and his ability to corral the individual talents of various consultants and partners into a high performing team with client satisfaction as the number one driver.
Daniel Dupuis has contributed to the successful completion of some of the firm’s major projects, working in support and management capacities in all phases of the projects. With his understanding of each building’s systems, organizational skills and attention to detail Daniel has helped to provide the com munication and continuity needed for these projects to maintain a high level of quality. Daniel is a registered architect in the State of Texas and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
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