Christof Spieler, 33
Director of technology and innovation
Morris Architects, Houston
BS, MS, Rice University
Sole licensed professional engineer at architecture firm (2007 total billings: $24.14 million, according to BD+C's Giants 300).
Hired in 2008 to lead firm's BIM initiatives and programs, implement new software, oversee tech efforts at firm's four offices.
Created BIM committee to establish firm-wide standards and practices.
Instituted series of quarterly reports on BIM and sustainability; led to creation of in-house continuing education program combining HR, IT, and building technology training.
Engineering advisor, Rice University (1999- )
Adjunct professor, Rice University (2008).
Engineering advisor, Graduate Design-Build Studio, University of Houston (2006- ).
Board member, Rice Design Alliance.
Chair, editorial committee, Cite magazine.
OFF THE CLOCK
Favorite read: Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner and Jackson Benson.
Born in Munich, Germany. Started speaking English at age 6.