Christof Spieler, P.E., LEED AP is Vice President at Morris. He is Director of Planning for the Houston office, working on a variety of public and private planning projects, and heads firmwide efforts on 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. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.
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 national conferences such as Greenbuild, Railvolution, and New Partners for Smart Growth, organizations including the Texas Society of Architects, the Texas Economic and Demographic Association, COMTO, and 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 bus tours of the Houston freight rail system and bike tours in Houston and Galveston. He serves as a member of the American Public Transit Association's Sustainability and Urban Design Working Group, a member of Central Houston's Transportation Committee, and a member of the UGBC Houston's LEED-ND committee. He has worked extensively with the Citizens' Transportation Coalition, 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 one of Mass Transit Magazine's "40 under 40" in 2013, Rice's Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus in 2009, and one of Building Design and Construction Magazine's "40 under 40" in 2008.
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