Susan Benz, AIA, is known for her leadership in project management for significant construction projects including the Topfer Theatre at ZACH, the Munday Library at St. Edward’s University, the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, and Fleck Hall at St. Edward’s University. Her ability to communicate and coordinate the design process and her high priority on cost control has earned respect and confidence from clients, consultants and contractors. In addition to her thirty years of experience in the construction industry, Susan’s leadership extends to the community through her participation in AIA Austin, the UT School of Architecture Advisory Council and the East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Planning Team.
As mentioned Ms. Benz is, indeed, a rare leader. She is resolute in her optimism, patience and subtle guidance. The end project, however, speaks best for her: it is a work of quality and beauty, on schedule and under budget. She is a delight to work with and through the project new friendships have been made. As an administrator and professor of 33 years, I give Susan Benz my unqualified and highest recommendation. At the end of the day every one will appreciate that she is "the smartest person in the room".Susan M. Scott, Ph.D., Founding Director, School of Leadership Studies, Kansas State University