Wellington “Duke” Reiter, FAIA, is senior vice president and managing director for the Solutions Initiative at the ASU Foundation for A New American University, a position he has held since November 2011. He is actively building comprehensive cases for investment in the area of sustainable urbanism, the future of healthcare and innovation in K-20 education. He is presently assembling a cohort of large-scale research universities, the Alliance Initiative, that are prepared to address issues of access, cost and student success.
His ASU Foundation appointment marks a return to ASU, where he was dean of the College of Design from 2003 to 2008. While directing the College of Design, Duke brought the school to national prominence and established himself as a leading advocate for a new form of urbanism in the Southwest desert. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Duke was the key player in the conceptualization and creation of the award-winning ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, home to some 10,000 students.
Duke has worked as an urban designer on projects in Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Ft. Worth and New Orleans. He is presently working with the Brookings Institute on a metro business plan for Phoenix and consulting on the future of the University of Texas at Brownsville and the surrounding region.
Duke is past president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a long-time faculty member at MIT in the Department of Architecture. The recipient of the Arizona Architect’s Medal, he serves as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, chairman of the Arizona Council of the Urban Land Institute and on the board of directors of the Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A monograph on his book, “Vessels and Fields,” was published by Princeton Architectural Press. He recently authored an essay in AIA Forum on the cities of Detroit, New Orleans and Phoenix titled “Urban Optimism.” Duke is a real estate advisor for the First Place® AZ advisory board.