AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture, one of the nation’s top-ranked programs in design and planning, is hosting a symposium on leadership. The school has invited eight prominent leaders from diverse fields to join Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner and examine what it means to lead.
The Leadership Symposium will take place over two days in Goldsmith Hall on the campus. The cost to attend is $450, which includes dinner on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Bybee residence, an Austin home designed by the award-winning firm of School of Architecture alumnus Dick Clark.
Along with Steiner, participants include:
- Augie Garrido, the university’s national championship-winning baseball coach.
- Admiral Bobby Inman, USN (Ret.), entrepreneur and professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
- Cynthia Rigby, author and professor at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
- Dave Steakley, artistic director of Austin’s Zachary Scott Theatre Center.
- Kirk Watson, former Austin mayor and current chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
- Sarah Weddington, nationally known attorney and adjunct government professor at the university.
- Royce West, Texas state senator representing Dallas County.
- Paul Woodruff, professor of Greek philosophy and director of the university’s Plan II Honors Program.
“Our work embraces the worlds of creative license and disciplined management,” Steiner said. “To have meaningful impact on the built environment, we recognize the importance of strong leadership to ensure the success of our projects. I am excited about this opportunity for the school to bring together leaders from a range of fields, each with a unique perspective.”
The School of Architecture hosts forums, lectures and other special events throughout the year. This annual symposium series was started in 2003, growing out of an idea by Susan Benz, who chairs the school’s 45-member Advisory Council. The series explores a different topic or theme each year that is not strictly about architecture but is relevant to architects and their work.
Details of the conference, including bios and photos of the participants, are online at the Leadership Symposium Web site.
For more information contact: Kris Muñoz-Vetter, assistant dean for development, School of Architecture, 512-471-6114.