"Leveraging Place, the role of ASU in urban settings" by Wellington 'Duke' Reiter

The path of I-10 through Phoenix

Wellington "Duke" Reiter - FAIA, Senior Advisor to the President of Arizona State University, Executive Director of ASU's University City Exchange 

In this talk, Reiter will lay out the goals and structure of the University City Exchange (UCX) at ASU, an extension of the President’s office intended to ensure a continuous address to the notion of “leveraging place” within the New American University agenda. Several projects will be highlighted including opportunities for engagement with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.  This will include examples of local, regional, and national scale.

Over the past twenty years, Reiter has played numerous roles: community leader, academic administrator, faculty member, architect, urban designer, and public artist. In the course of his career, he has established a track a record of highly effective partnerships with public office holders, the business community, non-profit groups, professional organizations, developers, and universities.  Central to his diverse portfolio of experience has been the construction of mutually beneficial relationships between the institutions he has led and the cities in which they are located. A student of higher education, urban design, and entrepreneurship, Reiter is particularly interested in the economic, cultural, and sustainability of major US metro areas and the engagement of the top tier colleges and universities that are embedded within them.  

Mr. Reiter was a key player in the conceptualization and creation of the award-winning Downtown Phoenix Campus for ASU. He is the past President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the former Dean of the College of Design at Arizona State University, a long-time faculty member at MIT in the Department of Architecture, and a national trustee and chair of the University Development and Innovation Council for the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Reiter is the recipient of the Arizona Architect’s medal and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


Tuesday, November 1, 3:00-4:30 pm
Coor Hall, Room 5536