Lawrence W. Speck

Lawrence W. Speck FAIA

Senior Principal


Larry Speck is well known equally for his diverse portfolio of award-winning architecture and his distinguished career as an inspiring educator. As a prolific author and influential critic, Larry also has contributed significantly to the development of ideas that have broadened the general public’s understanding of the impact that buildings have on their communities and the way they live, work and play.

His all-consuming passion for thoughtful design is best described by Larry himself: “Although it may sound clichéd, I live, eat and breathe architecture. I deeply love the process of design and have had opportunities to lead significant projects including the Austin Convention Center, the architecture of Discovery Green Park in Houston and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. My teaching and writing are aimed at educating people on the importance of great architecture in contemporary American culture.”

Larry’s work has been profiled in popular publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Texas Monthly; in American architectural publications such as Architectural Record, Architecture, Architectural Digest, Architect, and Progressive Architecture; and in international architectural journals such as The Architectural Review (England), OFX (Italy), Design Community (China), Baumeister (Germany), Projeto (Brazil), Ottagano (Italy), Nikkei Construction (Japan) and Architectural Design (England).

From 1992 to 2001 Larry served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1975. More recently, he has been a potent agent for change within the larger University of Texas community, which includes helping the university design its future.