Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA
is a high-energy executive with more than 33 years experience in design and project delivery. His resume documents a results-oriented executive with a proven ability to lead large, complex projects and multi-disciplined design teams. To date, he has built over $3.6B in hard construction. This diverse portfolio of projects range from schools, theme park attractions, merchandise, restaurants, health care and hospitality facilities.
Michael has served on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Disaster Assistance Committee (2007 – Present), represented the AIA at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute’s Strategic Plan 2009 – 2014 Focus Group, participated in the Haiti Rebuilding Summits (2010 & 2011) and has been a California Emergency Management Agency Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Trainer since 2008. To date, he has trained over 1,185 architects, engineers, building officials and inspectors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas and the US Virgin Islands.
He has provided safety assessment evaluations for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA (2004), Northridge, CA Earthquake (1994), Birmingham, AL (2011), as well as fire and flood assessments in California.
He has completed the Emergency Management Institute’s Professional Series (2009) that includes IS 100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System, IS 139 – Exercise Design, IS 200 – ICS for Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents, IS 230 – Principles of Emergency Management, IS 235 – Emergency Planning, IS 241 – Decision Making & Problem Solving, IS 240 – Leadership & Influence, IS 242 – Effective Communication, IS 244 – Developing & Managing Volunteers, IS 700 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) an Introduction and IS 800 National Response Framework and Introduction.
He has been responsible to negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding between the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects and the Building Officials Association of Florida, the City of Orlando, Orange County Government and is finalizing one with the Florida Department of Emergency Management.
Michael was elevated into the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2012 for his efforts advocating that architects should serve the public surrounding a disaster. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor.
Robert Ivy, FAIA
is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. He serves AIA architects and design professionals through an organization known as the “voice of the architecture profession,” and whose rich history spans more than 150 years. In his role, Robert works to increase public understanding of the architect’s contribution and the value of design. He helps ensure that AIA members have the necessary tools and resources to successfully address the challenges of the clients and communities they serve. Prior to joining the AIA, Robert was vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction and editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, where he also oversaw 16 print and 17 digital publications.
Robert assumed leadership of Architectural Record in 1996 and through his long tenure established himself as a spokesperson for the profession on important issues, such as the effect of architecture on climate and social and political questions involving the built environment. Under his direction, Architectural Record garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award for magazine journalism.
In 2009, Robert received the G.D. Crain Award for his lifetime contributions to editorial excellence in business media. In 2010, Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity, named him a “Master Architect.” Selected for his contributions to communicating the value of design both within the fraternity and to the larger world, he serves in an honorary, mentoring role with students and alumni.
Robert is an accomplished communicator, having delivered numerous keynote speeches at U.S. and international events and interviewed leading figures in architecture. His book, Fay Jones: Architect, was cited for the “highest standards of scholarship, design, and production.” He has also served three times as the U.S. Commissioner at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Ivy earned an MArch degree from Tulane University and a BA (cum laude) in English from the University of the South (Tenn). He is a member of CICA, the International Circle of Architecture Critics. Currently, he also serves on the advisory boards of four schools of architecture, including Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Tulane University, Mississippi State University, and Tongi University School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai, China.
Larry Speck, FAIA
is a Principal with Page Southerland Page Architects. His professional work includes such Texas landmarks as Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin Convention Center (both phases) and the architecture for Discovery Green, a twelve-acre park in downtown Houston. Over the last 25 years his design work has won 40 national design awards, 23 state or regional design awards and 51 local design awards.
As well as being a prolific designer and builder, Larry has also contributed significantly to the development of ideas and direction in his field. He has authored three books and has edited or co-edited four publications. He has contributed chapters in eleven books by others, and has written over 50 articles in professional journals including Architecture, Urban Land, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, and Architecture Australia.
Larry’s work has been profiled in popular publications such as
The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Business Week; in American architectural publications such as Architectural Record, Architecture, Architectural Digest, Architect, interior Design, Contract, and Progressive Architecture; and in international architectural journals such as The Architectural Review (England), OFX (Italy), Design Community (China), Baumeister (Germany), Projeto (Brazil), Tasarim (Turkey), Ottagano (Italy), Nikkei Construction (Japan) and Architectural Design (England).
From 1992 to 2001, Larry was Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin where he continues to serve on the faculty. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and served as chair of the jury to select fellows in 2005. He has also served on the Architectural Advisory Board for the U. S. State Department Overseas Building Operations, as a National Peer Reviewer for the U. S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Program, and on the boards of national environmental groups such as Greenguard Environmental Institute and Air Quality Sciences. He is the 2011 recipient of the ACSA/AIA Topaz Medallion given to one individual in North America each year in recognition of their contribution to excellence in architectural education.
Ruth Todd, FAIA
is an architect and urban designer and principal at Page & Turnbull, a San Francisco-based architecture, planning and research firm with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Page & Turnbull is composed of architects and planners, historians and architectural historians, and architectural conservators who have produced leading-edge projects throughout the country. She completed the Charleston Preservation Plan in 2008, and is currently working in Alaska and China. Page & Turnbull’s work has received recognition from the AIA, APA, ULI, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the local, state, and national level.
In every phase of Ruth’s career, she has been involved with communicating and encouraging protection of cultural heritage in contemporary settings. She began her career as a Main Street Architect, providing designs and training to property owners of historic buildings in downtowns in South Carolina and California. She contributed to more than 1200 façade rehabilitations that led to downtown revitalization and economic development in excess of $523 million. Prior to joining Page & Turnbull, Ruth was responsible for enhancing the historic character of the Frederick Law Olmsted designed campus as Stanford University’s Associate University Architect, where she assisted with the implementation of a capital program that exceeded $150M per year.
Ruth is an emeritus trustee of the California Preservation Foundation and currently serves on the board of directors of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a 1994 recipient of the American Architectural Foundation’s Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship. A Clemson graduate, she is honored to be a new member of the university’s School of Architecture Professional Advisory Board.
(b. 1956) studied architecture at the University of Oregon and went on to earn an advanced degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. After more than a decade of working and teaching in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Switzerland, Cloepfil founded Allied Works in his native Portland, Oregon in 1994. The New York City office followed in 2003.
Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside the field of architecture. While studying at the University of Oregon, he drew inspiration from the vast landscape and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest. While studying in New York he was introduced to the simple yet profoundly resonant gestures of land and installation artists of that time.
His body of work is as informed by the land and the history of place as it is by formal training, and it is one that cuts a clear line through much of the rhetoric and formal novelty surrounding the practice today. His approach to design combines a research-intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of the profoundly affecting possibilities of building.
In addition to leading all aspects of creative work at Allied Works, Cloepfil has held guest professorships at leading American architecture and design schools across the country over the past 17 years. He is also a frequent lecturer, panelist and judge at universities, cultural institutions and creative organizations throughout the world.
is an Associate Professor of Architecture Design+Build and the Director of the Community Research and Design Center. Dan received a Master of Architecture from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has worked in the office of William P. Bruder in Phoenix, Arizona and other design+build studios in the Rocky Mountain west prior to opening his own studio over 10 years ago. Dan is the founding partner and Principal Design Director of Intrinsik Architecture, a full service architecture, planning and design+build office based in Bozeman, Montana. Intrinsik Architecture has been awarded numerous state and national AIA design awards. Harding has previously taught at Montana State University and lectured at other institutions across the country on his professional work and the nature of a design+build practice.
Ray Huff, AIA
has successfully combined teaching and practice to engage questions of architecture and design. This symbiotic relationship has been critical to his work and study for over twenty years. Prior to founding the international design practice, Huff+Gooden Architects with partner Mario Gooden, he conducted design studios for twenty-five years in South Carolina and founded the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) where he continues to serve as director. His professional experience include a mentorship with noted Florida architect Donald Singer. In 1974 he established the design practice Synergy Architects in Clemson, South Carolina where he won numerous design awards and taught design studio at Clemson University before relocating to Charleston.
In addition to teaching at the CAC.C, Mr. Huff held the distinguished Bishop Chair at Yale University’s Graduate School of Architecture and has lectured at numerous educational institutions. He has also been a keynote speaker at AIA conventions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Nashville, Tennessee. He also chaired and was the keynote speaker for the design symposium at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany hosted by the German Theorists Cloud-Cuckoo-Land.
Publications regarding Mr. Huff’s work include Architecture Record, Architecture, Progressive Architecture, A+U, Cree, Hauser, Metropolis, New York Times, Art Forum, and numerous other periodicals and newspapers. His work is also featured in Beach Houses, ArchiSpeak, South Carolina Architecture 1970-2000, and many other books. Awards have included numerous American Institute of Architects awards. In 2002, along with Mario Gooden, was selected as one of six “Emerging Voices” by the New York Architectural League. He presently serves as a PEER professional with the GSA’s Design Excellence Program.
William H Bates III, FAIA
holds an Undergraduate Degree in Interior Design from Auburn University’s School of Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from University of Miami. Bates is a Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in New York and President of the Charleston Chapter of that group. He is Founding Professor of Drawing and Design at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston South Carolina.
Bates maintains a small design practice in bothNew York and Charleston.
an architectural historian, is the Addlestone Professor in the Department of Art History at the College of Charleston. Since 2002 he has been the director of the College’s undergraduate program in Historic Preservation and Community Planning, and since 2007 has served as the administrative liaison to the joint Clemson/College of Charleston master’s program in Historic Preservation. In his teaching he strives to convey to his students the crucial importance of architecture as the most public and social of all the arts.
James Gooding Thomas, AIA
is a practitioner of architecture closely associated with the School of Architecture of Clemson University. Taking his Master of Architecture in Louis Kahn’s Masters Studio at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, he entered Kahn’s Philadelphia office participating in projects such as the Bangladesh National Assembly, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Wayne Arts Complex, and proposals for a Congress Hall in Venice, Italy. After collaborating with Clemson faculty in studio projects focused on Lowcountry sites in the 1980’s, he accepted a Fellowship to study and teach at Clemson’s Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy, spring semester 1995. He has presented lectures of his work to the South Atlantic Regional Convention in Savannah Georgia (1990) and the SCAIA Convention in Charleston, S.C. in 1992. In 2005 he presented his paper “Nature, Culture, and Architecture in the Lowcountry” to the South Atlantic Regional AIA Conference in Ashville, NC setting forth his artistic mission and methodology of his designs. As adjunct professor he created a graduate seminar for the CAC.C exploring historic and contemporary relationships between architecture and nature /human identity and the notion of “place”.
Receiving over twenty awards for design excellence from the South Carolina Chapter of the American institute of Architects, among others, for projects designed by him personally, his professional work has been featured in local and national journals. Thomas & Denzinger, Architects, the practice he founded with Hermann Denzinger in 1973 received the AIASC Firm Award in 2008.
Evan R. Thompson
has served as the Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Charleston since 2010. He was the executive director of Historic Beaufort Foundation from 2004 to 2010, and in 2011 was the inaugural recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s American Express Aspire Award, recognizing emerging leaders in the preservation field. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and The University of Texas School of Law.