The following individuals will serve as jurors for the 2019 SCUP excellence awards program. Jurors are selected for their planning and design expertise from institutions and firms around the country.
With over 35 years of professional experience, Craig Spangler is a Principal and design leader at Ballinger. He has led a broad spectrum of significant commissions for the academic community, including designs for teaching, research, student life, administrative, and campus planning initiatives at institutions nationwide. His commitment to design excellence combined with his ability to orchestrate a truly collaborative design process results in buildings that are both functionally responsive and contextually sensitive to their settings. His approach has resulted in award-winning submissions for prestigious national design competitions and numerous national and local AIA design awards. This recognition also includes R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year and SCUP’s Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture. He has been published widely and is a frequent speaker at academic facility forums across the country. Craig earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.
Niraj currently serves as the Associate Dean for Facilities Planning and Management at the Stanford University School of Medicine (SoM). In his current role, he is responsible for managing the efficient and sustainable operation of SoM facilities on and off-campus, overseeing implementation of SoM capital projects, and managing all SoM academic and research space. Prior to joining Stanford University in Spring 2007, Niraj’s 25 years of higher education experience included shaping the physical development of three distinct public institutions: University of Massachusetts at Amherst; the University of Cincinnati: and California State University Monterey Bay. Niraj has been actively engaged in the planning and development of over 3 million square feet of award winning, cutting edge and dynamic campus space. These include research facilities, educational buildings and a variety of student life facilities. Niraj’s areas of responsibilities include all aspects of planning, design, construction, operations and management of higher education facilities.
Art Frazier is the Director of Facilities Management and Services (FMS) at Spelman College. He has been instrumental in leading the FMS Department to develop a new name, vision and mission to be recognized as a premier FMS department and role model for high quality service and operations. Art has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a registered architect and also serves on the Board of Directors of the University Community Development Corporation.
Laura Tenny (ASLA, LEED-AP) is a registered landscape architect and senior campus planner at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. She has more than 20 years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary teams through planning, design, and construction of site and building projects for educational institutions including MIT, Wellesley College, and Harvard University. Recent and current work at MIT includes campus-scale open space and storm water planning, site-scale improvements transforming a utilitarian service alley into a green pedestrian plaza, and a master plan for campus wayfinding. Laura holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She lives on the Massachusetts North Shore and enjoys cycling, skiing, and hiking through the changing New England seasons.
With over 35 years of professional experience, Karen Wolfert is Senior Architect | Campus Planner at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an R1 Carnegie Research Institution with 27,000 students. It includes 7.7 million square feet in 90 buildings on 107 acres. She is responsible for the University’s long-range physical planning and biennial capital budget request. She oversees planning and construction of new buildings, additions, remodeling and civic space projects. Recent projects include STEM buildings; business accelerator and entrepreneurship facilities, conversion of a hospital to academic use and campus childcare facility; housing renovation; athletic and student union planning. Prior to joining UWM she was a private sector architectural studio manager completing university and institutional buildings. She has been a speaker at academic seminars, earned local and national awards and has been a participant with leadership roles in community and professional organizations, including AIA, SCUP, AAPA, Rotary and Future Milwaukee. She has a Master of Architecture from the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning and is a licensed architect. This is her second term on the jury.