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26th annual
Rowlett Lecture

Beck Group "tears down silos"
at 2006 Rowlett Lecture


The Beck Group, a 93-year-old architecture, construction and real estate development company headquartered in Dallas, was the featured firm at the 26th annual Rowlett Lecture on Feb. 3 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University.

The lecture, "Beck: Tearing Down the Silos," focused on the company's interdisciplinary integration of built environment services. The event was sponsored by Texas A&M's CRS Center for Leadership and Management in the Design and Construction Industry and the College of Architecture.

The 2006 Rowlett Lecture offered a peek at the history, inner-workings and transformation of The Beck Group, which was founded almost a century ago as a family-owned construction company and has evolved into an international firm providing fully integrated architecture, construction and development services. The lecture format included a series of panel discussions featuring company executives and practitioners talking about the Beck philosophy and sharing their experiences with integrating a wide range of services in design and construction. Using case studies, panel participants explored the benefits and challenges of integrating services and examined the challenges that lie ahead for the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

Representatives from all of Beck's built environment service areas contributed to the panel discussion. Peter Beck, managing director and CEO of the company, provided the introduction. The first panel, discussing Beck's integration process, featured managing directors Rick del Monte and Paul Higgins. The second panel, examining the benefits and challenges of integration, included Betsy del Monte, principal; Joe Flores, senior project manager; Bryan Jones, associate; Mike Murray, principal; and Gary Pille, senior project manager. The third panel examined the future of integrated built environment services and discussed challenges, new tools and current initiatives. Leading this discussion was Peter Beck; Steve Loneman, director of preconstruction services; Brian Miller, associate principal; and Stewart Carroll, technology director.

The John Miles Rowlett Lecture Series is made possible through a grant to the Texas Architectural Foundation from the founders of CRS of Houston and Mrs. Virginia Rowlett. The firm was established in 1946 by William W. Caudill and John M. Rowlett, professors of architecture at Texas A&M.

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