Jury Bios



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Wendy Dunnam Tita, FAIA, LEED AP (Jury Chair)

For more than two decades, Wendy Dunnam Tita has sought to integrate innovation and forward-thinking strategy with exceptional design quality. She is a page principal, interior architecture director and one of the firm’s market leaders for the housing and hospitality projects. As an architect of interior spaces, Dunnam Tita champions the conversation between design, craft, and people to advance and Nurture this essential collaboration, and to enrich the human experience of architecture and its making. She has deep experience developing sustainable design thinking in projects ranging from intimate residential spaces to large and complex public works. Wendy has conducted original research and developed designs and standards adopted as sustainable models. She has led and managed both interiors teams and full-service design studios with clients from corporate, institutional, hospitality and residential sectors. Her award-winning projects include luxury single-family homes, multiple multi-use residential buildings on the downtown Austin skyline, alongside corporate offices, and buildings and interiors for public institutions. Wendy fosters healthy team environments with an emphasis on mentoring and staff development. Her dedication to education extends outside the office in her relationship with the University of Texas at Austin school of architecture. In 1999, Wendy assisted in curriculum development for the interior design program. For the following six years, she taught design studios and a lecture course, and today, Wendy continues to support the school as a visiting critic. As a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), she actively supports her profession outside the office by serving as an executive board member for the AIA Austin chapter. She was the 2018 president of AIA Austin. She chaired the 2017 AIA Women in Architecture “shape the conversation” exhibit and events series. Beginning in 2017 she worked with the committee to create a new AIA Austin young leaders program to support leadership development for Austin architects that began in 2018. She also began a WiA roundtable education series focused on increasing authorship recognition for women and their work.


Philip Keil, AIA

Philip worked with Gary Furman Architects for five years before joining as a partner to form Furman + Keil Architects in 2005. He had prior experience working for Santiago Calatrava in Paris, Perkins + Will in Chicago, and Austin-based firms Paul Lamb Architects and The Austin Collaborative. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. Philip received the John V. Nyfeler Community Service Award at the 2016 AIA Austin Honor Awards for his contributions to the local Austin Community. He served as AIA Austin chapter President in 2014. His firm received the AIA Austin Firm Achievement Award in 2010. Furman + Keil Architects has been widely published in local and national media, including ArchDaily, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Texas Architect, Luxe Interiors + Design, Interiors, Home Design & Décor, Austin Home, Urban Home, Custom Home, Fine Homebuilding, Better Homes, Modern Luxury Interiors, The Architect’s Newspaper, Design Bureau, New American Luxury, Luxury Homes Quarterly, Residential Architect, Western Interiors, and Tribeza, and the books “Home by Design,” “Spectacular Outdoor Living of Texas,” “Hill Country Houses,” “The American House: 100 Contemporary Homes, and “Texas Modern.”


Emily Little, FAIA

Emily has provided leadership in the preservation and design community in her native Austin for over thirty-five years. With an emphasis on the adaptive reuse of historic structures, she has worked on many great treasures such as Green Pastures, the Driskill Hotel, Commodore Perry Mansion, Jeffrey’s, Seaholm Power Plant and the Texas State Cemetery. Elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2009, Emily has led award-winning community-based art projects that have garnered national attention. She was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2007. Clayton & Little was honored to receive the AIA Austin Firm Achievement Award in 2013.


Mark Odom, AIA

Mark moved to Austin in 2004 creating Mark Odom studio, an award winning studio revolving around like minded individuals producing both residential, commercial, & public art projects throughout the Texas region. Prior to m(ødm), mark worked in Dallas, San Diego, and Hawaii on various urban infill, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use high rise developments with a primary focus on context and site appropriate design. Mark has fifteen + years of experience in the architecture and construction industry and focuses the studio on collaborative efforts in quality design, material investigation, spatial development, and proper construction practices. Mark held a professor of practice position at Texas A&M university between 2009-2013 and has been involved with studio reviews over the years at University of Texas, Texas A&M, University of Texas San Antonio, and University of Houston. Teaching graduate level studio at Texas A&M, mark’s scholarly interest is design process as it pertains to the investigation of context, theory, and the individuals direct intent of realizing architecture as a spatial vocabulary…the belief that every project generates its own set of specifics, the approach is free of preconceived ideas, with every response a thoughtful reference to site specifics.