Larry Speck

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Larry Speck has gained considerable national and international recognition for his work as an architect, an architectural critic, an academic and a teacher. 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 42 national design awards, 23 state or regional design awards and 66 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 two books, the most recent of which is Technology, Sustainability and Cultural Identity. He has edited or co-edited four publications, has contributed chapters in eleven books by others, and has written over 50 articles in professional journals including Architecture, Urban Land, L’Architecture dÕAujourd’hui, and Architecture Australia. 

larryLarry’s work has been profiled in popular publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Texas Monthly; in American architectural publications such as Architectural Record, Architecture, Architectural Digest, Architect, 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). Larry has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin since 1975. He has received most of the major teaching awards given university-wide at that institution including the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award, the Friar’s Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the William Blunk Professorship, the Amoco Award and membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. In 2005 he received the Rominiec Award given by the Texas Society of Architects for outstanding architectural educator in the state. From 1992 to 2001, Larry served as Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin where he continues to serve on the faculty. He is also one of five principals in the architectural firm, Page Southerland Page that received the Texas Society of Architects Firm of the Year Award in 2009. Larry 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 has recently served on advisory panels for architectural schools at M.I.T., University of Michigan, Tulane University, LSU and University of Nevada at Las Vegas.


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