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University of Utah Hack-A-House

Judges & Speakers

 

2019 Hack-A-House Judges

 
 
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Dejan Eskic

Dejan Eskic is a senior research analyst at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Eskic is involved in housing, construction and real estate research, fiscal impact studies and economic and demographic analysis. Prior to joining the Gardner Policy Institute, Eskic worked in the retail research industry where he evaluated current and future sales performance for retail sites through statistical gravity modeling reflecting market demographics throughout the Country.

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Jörg Rügemer

Jörg Rügemer has taught at the School of Architecture at the University of Utah since 2006. He is the Director of the Design+Build Salt Lake Program at the School of Architecture and teaches courses on sustainable architecture. Rügemer is a licensed architect in Germany and is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. Rügemer focuses and performs research in highly energy-efficient and cost-effective buildings, design strategies, systems, and Post-Occupancy building monitoring.

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Clark Ivory has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ivory Homes in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2000. In 2006, Clark formed Ivory Commercial, one of Utah’s largest apartment builders and property management companies. Clark served as director of the Salt Lake City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank from 2006 to 2011.

Clark is currently co-chairman of the Real Estate Advisory Board to the David Eccles School of Business and serves on the Advisory Board for the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

 
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Matthew Melcher

Matt Melcher is the Program Head for Architecture in the School of Design + Construction at Washington State University. His research and practice probe contemporary issues shaping the design of housing. Professor Melcher has received grant funding, publication, and has lectured domestically and abroad on topics linking housing design with emergent technology, adaptable environments, affordable design, and sustainability.

Spanning the disciplines of interior design, architecture and graphic design, Melcher’s work-in-practice has been recognized with local, regional and national awards from professional organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), and the Design Communication Association (DCA). His design work has been exhibited in the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Henry Art Gallery and the Spokane Art School.

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Brittany Harris

Brittney Harris is a past participant of the Hack-A-House competition, and of the housing affordability lab class at the U. She is passionate about housing affordability. Brittney received her Bachelor’s degree from BYU in geography and her Master’s from the U in City and Metropolitan Planning. She also has a graduate certificate in Real Estate Development.

Brittney currently works as a planner for Lehi City.



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ryan e. smith

Ryan E. Smith is Director and Professor in the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University. He is an international scholar and consultant on offsite and modular design and construction and timber building. Smith has authored/co-authored six books and numerous articles on housing, sustainability and prefabrication.

He is a fellow of the Centre for Offsite Construction in Scotland, a fellow of the Modular Building Institute and founding chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Offsite Construction Council. Smith also is the founder of MOD X, an industry/university knowledge consortium.

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Bruce Parker

Bruce Parker is one of Utah's most experienced and well respected planners. 

Bruce possesses broad experience in community planning, development review, and planning administration. As a project manager Bruce has participated in a variety of planning activities including, land use ordinances, mixed use projects, growth management and infrastructure financing initiatives, development agreements, renewable energy projects, and planning for urban, suburban, rural, and resort communities. Bruce has developed collaborative planning agreements for large development projects and has worked with the Utah legislature to make progressive amendments to Utah’s planning laws. He also provides expert witness and litigation support for public and private organizations. 

 

2019 University of Utah Hack-A-House Speakers

 
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Nick Fritz

Nick Fritz is the Director of Impact Investing and is responsible for developing Intermountain’s impact investing strategy and deploying resources to address the social determinants of health in Utah, Southern Idaho, and Southern Nevada.

He previously served as a Director of Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation at the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah, where he worked in impact measurement, impact investing, and Pay for Success transaction structuring. Prior to joining Sorenson Impact Nick served as a Logistics Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

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Whitney Ward

Whitney is an Associate Principal at VCBO Architecture and has been with the firm since 2007. She has extensive experience in programming, facility planning, and community master planning and is a community outreach advocate. Whitney embraces a holistic design approach that ensures that functionality, flexibility, and durability are at the forefront of the projects that she works on. Whitney is an advocate for sustainable design and provides expertise in the planning, design and documentation process for sustainable buildings.

She graduated in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Architecture and a focus in Community Design from Montana State University and in 2015 with a Master’s of Real Estate and Development from the University of Utah.

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Shaleane Gee

Shaleane Gee is a Vice President at Zions Bank. Shaleane has 20 years of experience managing complex projects in a range of subject areas: operational and system change, resource development, capital planning, stakeholder and government relations, and associated communications and research.

Prior to joining Zions Bank she was a Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Mayor's Initiatives at Salt Lake County for now Congressman Ben McAdams.

 
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Dean Taylor Randall

Dean Taylor Randall has led The University of Utah David Eccles School of Business since 2009. Randall has elevated the school’s national reputation as a place of innovation, garnering top 10 entrepreneurship rankings for both undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2017-18 alone, seven of the school’s programs were ranked Top 25.

Under his leadership, the value of an Eccles School education has increased dramatically. Experiential learning opportunities have expanded along with the institutes and centers that offer invaluable experience to students in fields ranging from finance to social impact to policy creation. The Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis, the Sorenson Impact Center, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, and the Goff Strategic Leadership Center all have opened under Randall’s direction.

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Clark Ivory

Clark Ivory has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ivory Homes in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2000. In 2006, Clark formed Ivory Commercial, one of Utah’s largest apartment builders and property management companies. Clark served as director of the Salt Lake City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank from 2006 to 2011.

Clark is currently co-chairman of the Real Estate Advisory Board to the David Eccles School of Business and serves on the Advisory Board for the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

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Ryan E. Smith

Ryan E. Smith is Director and Professor in the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University. He is an international scholar and consultant on offsite and modular design and construction and timber building. Smith has authored/co-authored six books and numerous articles on housing, sustainability and prefabrication.

He is a fellow of the Centre for Offsite Construction in Scotland, a fellow of the Modular Building Institute and founding chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Offsite Construction Council. Smith also is the founder of MOD X, an industry/university knowledge consortium.