The 2013 Educational Interiors Showcase jury Dave Hill Eric Byrne and Robert Keller

The 2013 Educational Interiors Showcase jury: Dave Hill, Eric Byrne and Robert Keller.

Meet the 2013 Educational Interiors Showcase Jury

Eric Byrne, RA

Associate • ACI Boland Architects, Kansas City, Mo.

Eric has designed a wide array of building types under a diverse set of programs during his 20-year career in architecture. These projects include K-12 school buildings, gymnasiums, performing-arts centers, and district administration buildings. Eric responds to the community and the immediate environment with an even-handed integration of each project’s requirements. 

Eric completed both Master of Architecture and Master of Civil Engineering degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He combines his educational background with an overarching artistic organic design sensibility. His projects have received several design awards. Rather than respond to a school design with random elements of renewable architecture, Eric believes that commendable education design stems from the balance between modern teaching approaches, and the challenges imposed by the limits of location, budget and circumstance.

David M. Hill, AICP, REFP

Executive Director of Facilities and Operations • Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kan.

Dave is responsible for coordinating design and construction management, facility operations and maintenance, facility planning, land acquisition, site selection, demographics and enrollment forecasting for the 22,000-student Blue Valley School District, which has grown by an average of about 600 students per year over the past 21 years. During that time, Dave’s team has managed five major capital-improvement programs totaling more than $1 billion, and overseen the construction of 14 elementary schools, seven middle schools, three high schools and dozens of additions and renovations to existing facilities. 

He has published articles in professional journals, and presented at local and national conferences and symposiums on school facility planning and design, site planning, enrollment forecasting and demographics, LEED and environmental design and indoor air quality. Dave received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture and Community Planning from Iowa State University.

Robert G. Keller, AIA, AUA

University Architect Emeritus, Planning & Design Manager for the division of Planning Architecture & Engineering and teaching in the Department of Architecture • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 

Robert was the university architect and campus planner at Miami University from 1989 until retirement last October. He served as the director of the Division of Planning, Architecture & Engineering, overseeing long-range capital planning and all phases of major construction for all campuses.  In 2010, he was appointed as associate vice president for facilities planning & operations of the university, and his responsibilities were expanded to include the management and operation of all utility systems, building maintenance, grounds, custodial services, special facilities and the university garage.

Prior to his position with the university, Robert was in private practice for 15 years in Dayton, Ohio. He studied in London, England, in conjunction with the Architectural Association School of Architecture and received his degree in architecture from Miami University. 

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