Christof Spieler, P.E., LEED AP is Director of Technology and Innovation at Morris Architects. He is a licensed professional engineer and heads firmwide efforts on green buildings, new materials, project process, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). He has spoken extensively on BIM at regional and national conferences.
Previous to joining Morris, Mr. Spieler worked as a consulting structural engineer. His projects have won multiple American Institute of Architects awards and have been featured on the cover of national engineering magazines. Mr. Spieler teaches structures at the Rice University School of Architecture and advises student design-build programs at Rice and the University of Houston.
Mr. Spieler has written and spoken extensively on transit and urban planning and has helped Houston neighborhoods shape transportation projects. His articles have appeared in Cite Magazine (where he served on the editorial committee from 1998 to 2010, including 2 years as chair), the Houston Chronicle, and Architecture Magazine; he also covered Houston transportation in his blog, Intermodality. He has spoken to the Texas Society of Architects, the Texas Economic and Demographic Association, the New Partners for Smart Growth conference, the Greater Houston Partnership, classes at Texas Southern University, the University of Houston, and Rice University, and numerous civic clubs. He also organized and lead several tours of the Houston freight rail system. He serves as a technical advisor to the Citizens' Transportation Coalition, a board member of the Rice Design Alliance, and a member of the American Public Transit Association's Sustainability and Urban Design Working Group, and has worked extensively with the East End Chamber of Commerce Rail Subcommittee, the Super Neighborhood 22 Transportation Committee, and Richmondrail.org.
Mr. Spieler lives Downtown with his wife, Kimberly. They share one car, and he relies on METRO for most of his daily trips. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Rice University. He was named Rice's Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus in 2009 and one of Building Design and Construction Magazine's "40 under 40" in 2008.