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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Industry leaders will explore "The Changing Demographics of Texas" at the Second Annual Real Estate Developers' Roundtable from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the auditorium (room 204) in the School of Architecture building, 601 W. Nedderman Drive.

The Dean's Advisory Council of The University of Texas at Arlington's School of Architecture is sponsoring the event.

The moderated discussion will give the audience a peek at issues and opportunities encountered in planning for the changing demographics of the Texas city. Attendees also will be able to ask questions of the distinguished panel.

"How developers are responding to the state's changing demographics is important in determining part of what we do in the classroom so that our students will be prepared in the professional world," said Don Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture. "Staying current in an ever-changing development environment is crucial to our mission in the School of Architecture."

Randy Gideon, FAIA, a UT Arlington graduate, will moderate the discussion. Gideon is a founding principal and co-chairman of Gideon Toal, the 2007 Texas Society of Architects Firm of the Year.

Roundtable participants will include: Michael P. Buckley, FAIA, a professor and the director of Columbia University's MSc in Real Estate Development Program; Alan P. McDonald, co-founder and senior managing director of INCAP Fund, which invests in and develops urban core city projects; David C. McDowell, AIA, senior vice president of Greystone Communities Inc., a firm that specialized in senior living development; David B. Pettit, principal and director of economic development at Gideon Toal, a Fort Worth-based design services and architecture company; David Pierce, AIA, vice president, development and design, at Inland American Communities Group Inc., a development, acquisition and management firm; Steve Pumper, executive managing director of investment services and asset services at Transwestern; and Ron Witten of Witten Advisors, a market advisory firm specializing in the major apartment markets.

Cost is $25 and includes a DVD of the event. E-mail Ana Peredo-Manor at ampmanor@uta.edu for tickets. Contact Robert Meckfessel at rmeckfessel@dsgn.com or Dean Gatzke at gatzke@uta.edu for more information.

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