Class Acts

Former students touch base
with College of Architecture



Harold Adams ’61 ARCH, chairman emeritus of RTKL Associates Inc., visited the firm’s Beijing office with his wife Janice. Nan Li ’02 MARCH, left, and Jin Rao ‘04 MARCH, both RTKL associates, met Adams during his visit.


Leslie Brennan ‘80 BED is director of business development for the Dallas office of SmithGroup, one of the leading architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firms in the U.S. She will be responsible for identifying marketing opportunities for the firm and cultivating relationships with SmithGroup's existing client base and strategic new client targets.

"Leslie has tremendous experience and an extensive network of clients and potential clients," said Jay Rambo, director of SmithGroup's Dallas office. "We are looking forward to extending her expertise to carry SmithGroup's message to our clients in the healthcare, higher education, municipal and workplace sectors."


Lee Olvera ’85 BED is assistant professor of practice at the University of Southern California. He is also an associate and senior designer with Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects and principal of OlveraWorks, a design and research practice interested in pursuing projects that challenge and reinterpret conventional boundaries between architecture, landscape architecture, art, and graphic design.


David Huse ‘91 BDCR, BED, is vice president of Hill & Wilkinson General Contractor’s manufacturing, mission critical, and building envelope/renovation groups. Huse also serves as a liaison with clients and architects and has overall project responsibility at the Dallas-based company.

Huse has 18 years of experience in the construction industry and has overseen the firm’s projects for clients including Stream Realty Partners data centers, C&F Foods, Cott Beverages USA and Equinox Fitness.


Benjamin Knox ’93 BED will be a guest speaker at the Northwest Harris County Aggie Moms Club at its Oct. 11, 2011 meeting. Knox, an architect, artist, philanthropist, adventurer, author and music producer, will sign any purchased prints after his presentation.

The meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Houston Distribution Center, 7100 High Life Dr. Knox restored the College Train Depot, which he uses as his art gallery, and designed the cover of the club’s cookbook.


Ray Gomez ’98 COSC, a manager with The Platform Group in Phoenix, completed the Credentialed Career Manager program, which strengthens an individual’s credibility in the marketplace, enhances an individual’s value to clients, and more.


Richard DeVaul  ‘99 BED is a new rapid evaluator at Google. He arrives from Apple Inc., where he was a senior prototype specialist.

Chad Mallam ’02 BED is a writer/producer/director at ABC Entertainment Media in Los Angeles creating marketing materials for television shows including “Lost,” “Life on Mars,” and “No Ordinary Family.” In a previous stint at NBC Universal, he produced and managed on-air mobile network launch packages for its first mobile phone networks, NBC 2GO and NBC News 2GO.


Mark Cardwell ‘04 BED, ‘05 MARCH, has been named an associate in Corgan’s Dallas office. Cardwell has excelled in many projects at the architectural and interior design firm, focusing on corporate office and mission critical work. He completed two summer internships at Corgan before joining the firm in 2006.


Michael Dewey Patrick, ’03 COSC, ’05 MSLD, is expecting his first child with wife Jillian on July 11. He is an investments associate with Granite Properties in Plano, TX.

Rima Al Ajlouni ’05 Ph.D. ARCH, an assistant professor of architecture at Texas Tech, will present her research at Tech’s Cultural Heritage Research Symposium Sept. 30, 2011. David Woodcock, retired professor of architecture at Texas A&M, will present “Conservation, Preservation Practice and the Academy,” the symposium’s keynote address.


Michael Miller ’10 MSLD, started a new job as project manager at Sam Yager Incorporated in Houston, TX.


Arianna Rojo, ’11 BLA became engaged on June 10 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.


- Updated: Sept. 15, 2011-

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