School of Architecture

david dillon symposium speaker bios

Anna Vemer Andrzejewski is Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses in the history of American architecture and cultural landscapes. She also co-directs the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Ph.D. Program - a joint Ph.D. program she co-founded in 2010 with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prof. Andrzejewski's current research focuses on post-World War II suburban landscapes, including some houses that are tied to research innovations derived at the Southwestern Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio. Her talk today is drawn from research from her first book, Building Power: Architecture and Surveillance in Victorian America, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2009. 

Theron Bowman, PhD., began his law enforcement career in 1983 as an officer with the Arlington (TX) Police Department, and served in numerous positions before being appointed police chief in 1999.  He currently serves as a Deputy City Manager over Neighborhood Services for the City of Arlington.  Dr. Bowman has received numerous awards for his work, including "Officer of the Year" from the African American Peace Officer Association of Arlington and Proclamations of Achievement from the Texas State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.  Dr. Bowman received three degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington, culminating in a doctorate in urban and public administration. 

Chief David O. Brown is a thirty-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Chief Brown holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s (MBA) in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Tel Aviv, Israel and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar in Washington, D.C. Chief Brown also holds Master Peace Officer and Police Instructor certifications from the State of Texas.

Colleen Casey, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research focuses on the institutional and policy forces that shape the development of urban communities. In addition to publishing in scholarly journals such as the Urban Affairs Review, Economic Development Quarterly, and the Journal of Planning Education and Research, she works with public and nonprofit organizations to address key issues in community development. Recent projects focus on policy issues related to access to credit for homeownership and entrepreneurship in urban, minority communities and the development of livable, healthy urban communities.

Gregory Cook, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CCHP is Senior Project Designer for HOK. Since joining HOK’s Justice Practice in 2009, Greg has provided thought leadership on the master planning, programming, and design of justice facilities, particularly with regards correctional health care. In 2010, Greg became the first architect in the nation to become a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP), highly regarded as a symbol of a professional’s knowledge, understanding, and application of standards and guidelines essential to the delivery of appropriate health care in the correctional environment.

Dr. Courtney Cronley, assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, earned a PhD in social work from the University of Tennessee. She studies homelessness and is particularly interested in the experiences of unaccompanied youth and women with children who are living on the street. Most recently, she partnered with the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition to conduct a first-ever point-in-time count of unaccompanied youth homelessness. She also collaborated with Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance to lead a community-based participatory study assessing the feasibility of a centralized services model for women experiencing homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties.  

Chad Houser is executive director and chef for Café Momentum in Dallas, opening in December 2014. Café Momentum is a restaurant training platform that provides post-release paid internships for juvenile offenders through which they will receive intensive culinary, job, and life-skill training as well as continued mentoring and support to foster successful re-entry into the community.  He has been a chef for 16 years, but sold his partnership share of Parigi Restaurant to devote his full attention to Café Momentum.  He previously served as President of the board of directors for Dallas Farmers Market Friends, and is the current Vice Chair of the El Centro Exes Association. Awards include the 2011 Edible Dallas/Fort Worth “Local Hero – Chef” award, and multiple nominations from D Magazine for “Best Up-And-Coming Chef” (2010) and “Best Chef” (2011 and 2012).

Yolanda Lara is Director of Inmate Programs for the Dallas County Sherriff’s Office where she oversees educational and rehabilitative programs for over 6,500 inmates.  She has previously served as a Dallas County felony probation officer, worked with the Dallas Independent School District to develop truancy policies, and been an immigration information officer for Immigration and Naturalization Services.  She was raised in Dallas, attended Dallas public schools, and earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from El Centro College before earning a BA in Sociology and an MA in Professional Development from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Raphael Sperry, AIA is president of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility – USA. He researches the intersection of architecture and planning with human rights with a special focus on prisons and jails, and advocates for design professionals to play a larger role in supporting human rights in the built environment. He is a licensed architect and a sustainable design consultant. He is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts and has taught at Stanford University. He holds an M.Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture and a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard University.

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA is President and Principal-in-Charge of Trahan Architects, APAC, and has been recognized and published both nationally and internationally for innovative design and creative use of materials.  An accomplished designer, he received the 2005 Architecture Review Emerging Architecture Award in London, one of three firms in the world to receive this recognition and the only U.S. firm honored. In 2007, Trahan Architects was one of only five U.S. firms on Wallpaper Magazine’s list of the world’s 101 best emerging design firms.  Trahan was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2006 at the age of 45 and in 2007 participated in The Architectural League of New York’s 25th Anniversary Emerging Voices Lecture Series, an independent forum that recognizes architects whose work is gaining national and international attention.

Dr. Seema Yasmin is a physician and epidemiologist specializing in epidemics and public health. She is a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and a staff writer at The Dallas Morning News. Yasmin attended medical school at the University of Cambridge and studied journalism at the University of Toronto. She served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she investigated disease outbreaks in American Indian reservations, healthcare facilities and maximum-security prisons.