Liliana O. Beltrán, Ph.D., LEED® AP

Associate Professor
Department of Architecture

Dr. Liliana Beltrán, LEED AP, IESNA, SBSE, ASES, ISES, CAP received her Ph.D. in Architecture Degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a M.Arch. Degree from the University of Oregon and a Professional Degree of Architect from the National University of Engineering of Peru. She teaches courses in the areas of energy and environmental management, daylighting design and analysis, green buildings design tools and sustainability. Previously, she has worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Building Technologies Division, and has taught at Texas Tech University, California College of the Arts, University of Oregon, and National University of Engineering of Peru. She is a Registered Architect in Peru (Colegio de Arquitectos del Peru.) She has lectured and published extensively on topics of daylighting, energy efficiency in buildings, advanced lighting technologies, climatic responsive architecture and tools for green building design. She is the recipient of a Progressive Architecture Research Award; EPA P3 Award; and has been a Fulbright Fellow and an IES Robert Thunen Fellow. Dr. Beltrán has been a consultant to UNESCO's Division of Cultural Heritage of Paris, France on the Restoration of the Kuwait National Museum and the Green Resource Center, City of Berkeley's Best Builders Program. She serves on the IESNA Daylighting committee, Instructor of the IES ED 100-150 Basic and Advanced Lighting School, and is also the faculty advisor of the TAMU-IESNA Student Chapter. She is a Fellow of the College's Center for Health Systems and Design. Currently, she is Vice-President of Conference Affairs and Board Director of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), and Chair of the Solar Buildings Theme of the 2013 Solar World Congress, Cancun, Mexico.

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Sherman Finch

Assistant Professor

Department of Visualization

Sherman Finch is an artist who works in both traditional and digital media. Using a variety of tools, media, and approaches, Sherman’s work involves deconstructing and recontextualizing forms and images to create irony, metaphor, and new meaning.

M.A. in Digital Art, Maryland Institute, 1998; M.F.A. in Painting, Maryland Institute, 1997; B.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design, 1992



Kathleen Grandfield

Business Owner, Entrepreneur 

Kathleen Grandfield is a consummate entrepreneur with a dedicated desire for celebrating the beauty, imagination and creativity of the human being. She began her career as a Teacher and has since expanded her entrepreneurial horizons in the fields of retail, design, writing, public speaking, consulting and radio communication.  She has lived and worked in several countries and her global experience and travel adventures are always a source of ongoing inspiration to her projects. As a result of collaborating with the Austin business community, Kathleen was chosen to be one of the Entrepreneurial presenters for the RISE conference, which is a series of events created and led by a dedicated group of individuals focused on successful business ventures. She has a teaching certification in the field of Bi-lingual elementary education and a culinary certification with a specialty in chocolate and recipe development.  In the business community she is adept at predicting trends, creating business concepts and marketing ideas utilizing original copywriting techniques, and conceiving positive cognitive tools to assist individuals in shifting the energies of their business. Her designs have been published both stateside as well as overseas and her global radio broadcasts have focused on inspirational life stories of prosperity, healing, embracing healthy lifestyles and maintaining sustainability as we move forward in our evolution. Kathleen's current business venture is "The Cosmic Beet" which she co-created with her daughter. The Cosmic Beet is passionately dedicated to sustaining the fabric of the community through educational classes, workshops, and events which encourage healthy lifestyles for families and individuals with an emphasis on the arts.She is a strong advocate for re-kindling our imagination and creativity through the arts, accessing our roots through ancestral knowledge and moving forward with advances in health through holistic solutions.



Gregory Luhan

Gregory Anthony Luhan

AIA, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
M.Arch., Princeton University, 1998; B.Arch., Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute and State University, 1991. 
Registered Architect - New York, Kentucky

Professor Luhan is the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Kentucky-College of Design and an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Department of Historic Preservation where he teaches digital studios and seminars on design theory, systems thinking, and design computing. His engagement-based design + energy research examines the link between academic training, professional practice, and full-scale construction and fabrication. He has worked for the New York City design firms Edward Larrabee Barnes, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel, and Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects.




Jeff Morris

Musical Arts in Composition
PerfTech Studio Director
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Morris's work inside and outside the classroom centers on the impact of technological mediation on the human experience—e.g., expression, authenticity, and presence—through artworks that encounter these issues and through theoretical writings that explore their implications. As a whole it approaches the question, “In a time when human activities are increasingly replaced by machines and when machines are mediating human interactions: what does it mean to be human?—in what ways do we sense and make sense of each other’s presence?” These works often involve interactive electronics, improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaborations. He has been a featured artist in concerts in Manhattan, Austin, and Sweden, and his work has been performed in the International Computer Music Conference, International Society for Improvised Music conference, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, and the Triennale di Milano. He has won awards in competitions including the Music in Architecture—Architecture in Music international symposium, the unCAGEd Toy Piano competition, and the Radio Killed the Video Star competition. 

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Russell Reid

Russell W. Reid

Associate AIA, ASAI, AIGA, Assistant Professor Of The Practice
Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning
Department of Visualization

B.E.D., Texas A&M University, 1989
M.Arch., Texas A&M University, 2001
Certificate in Historic Preservation, Texas A&M University, 2001

Professor Reid has worked professionally in the fields of visual communications and in large-scale graphic design for over 25 years. His architectural illustrations continue to be commissioned by International Architectural firms. _Reid's massive-scale fine art is represented by galleries in Austin, TX; Los Angeles, CA, and; New York, NY. Prof. Reids teaching interests are in the areas of observational and analytical drawing languages, architectural design communications, urban planning communications, and the creative processes in visual communication theory in the rapidly changing pedagogical paradigm of the Millennial Generation.



Richard Skurla


Adjunct Professor of Art atMcClennan Community College, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mr. Skurla received a BS degree from Texas A&M University, a BFA from the University of Texas Arlington, and an MA and MFA from Stephen F. Austin University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at McLennan Community College, Waco and at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Colorado and Texas and his work is also in various private and corporate collections. He enjoys experimenting with form, material, texture, and color in order to create vibrant and exciting works of art that he calls Hybrids.