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School of Construction and Design

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Our signature lectures strive to connect students with alumni and leaders who are shaping the future of technology for design, construction, engineering, and management education.

Craft of Construction Leadership Lecture Series

Student constructors invite prominent speakers to discuss topics specific to the design and construction industry. 

Past guests include:

  • Preston H. Haskell, founder of integrated design-build firm The Haskell Company;
  • Richard Vivenzio, USM Architectural Engineering Technology Alum with over 35 years of experience in design, construction, project management and architectural forensics;
  • Richard Bekesh, AIA, and CEO of Spring Engineering, Inc. in Tampa, Florida and Architectural Engineering Technology Alum; leader and expert in design-build,
  • Dr. Barbara Jackson, Director of Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, at the University of Denver; and other leaders!





Architecture Alumni Leadership Series

By bringing visionary alumni leaders who are making an impact as architects, urbanists, designers, academics and artists to campus, the lecture series introduces our students to a diverse range of perspectives as they share their expertise and success stories.

Past speakers include:

  • Emilie Taylor Welty,’03, a professor of practice and associate director of Tulane University’s Architecture program and USM Architectural Engineering Technology alumna;
  • Dr. William Allin Storrer, a leading expert on famed American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright; and more! 
  • Chris Landry, '07, a Principal in the Architecture firm; Landry, Lewis, Germany, Architects of Hattiesburg, Mississippi


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