SMPS Houston | A Virtual Project Tour: UTHealth Behavioral Sciences Center

October 22, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Eager to see new sights or see the latest trends in the market? Come along on this virtual tour for an inside look at the UTHealth Behavioral Sciences Institute. As UTHealth, Perkins & Will and Vaughn guide us through the programming, design, and construction considerations. This will be one tour you won't want to miss!


Associate Principal/Senior Designer at Perkins+Will

Andrew Blocha knew he was destined to be an architect when he first discovered the work of historian Lewis Mumford, whose humanist approach to the environment resonated with him immediately. That spark, combined with his enduring interest in theatre and film, evolved into the creative career Andrew has today.  

Andrew believes because what we create as designers will live in the future, design is a future facing act, and that makes design fundamentally optimistic. He takes special care to look out for others in the workplace, rejecting the “every man for himself” mentality, and hopes to keep designing for as long as he can. 

In his free time, Andrew leads neighborhood organizations such as his condo board, which he sees as an immediate way to help his community. He enjoys Mediterranean food, swimming, practicing yoga, playing tennis, and fixing things.


Managing Director at Perkins+Will

While working a summer job at an art supply store during college, Diana Davis became fascinated by talking with the architecture students who frequented the shop – seeing the materials they purchased and hearing about their projects. She returned to school with piqued interest in the creative potential of architectural design, and after taking just one course on modern architectural history, she was hooked.

The child of scientists, her artistic inclinations have always been grounded in a deep appreciation of the natural world.  Having focused her career on healthcare design, Diana has seen how quickly facilities must change to support new technology and innovation.  Acutely aware of the need for adaptation in the built environment, she likes to think about how we can give our buildings the “good bones” that will elegantly support their growth and change over time.  Her interests in Lean planning and evidence-based design further these objectives, making Diana a go-to resource for elite healthcare institutions.

Having recently returned to Houston, the place where she fell in love with design, you’ll find her in her downtime exploring its countless diverse neighborhoods and cuisines or continuing to keep her artistic side nourished with her passion for painting. 


Project Manager at Vaughn Construction

Louis Reger’s  first job in construction was working as a laborer for a concrete company. He has worked as a general laborer, superintendent, project engineer, assistant project manager, and project manager for healthcare, research, higher education, and residential projects. Since joining Vaughn in 2008, he is most proud of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Clinical Services Wing project because of the difficulty of the project and the numerous challenges the project team overcame. Louis excels at budget management and the scheduling and management of trade contractors.

As project manager, Louis oversees the field staff, including project engineers. He is responsible for the progression of work in the field and attends all progress meetings with the Owner. He communicates directly with trade contractors and the design team concerning project cost, staffing, and scheduling, prepares project status reports, and verifies the trade contractors' plans adhere to contract specifications.



Paul Ehrhardt is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, proudly graduating from the University of Texas in Austin.

The first 23 years of my career he focused on the energy side of mechanical engineering design and MEP engineering management with several design firms in Houston on commercial, industrial, government, and institutional projects. He also spent four years with a mechanical contractor in engineering design and Branch Management roles. 

In addition to the U.T. Medical School, management of Health Care projects has included two new major Houston Methodist hospitals, numerous projects at UTMB Galveston focusing on MEP infrastructure recovery from major damage imposed by Hurricane Ike, and now the new U.T. Behavioral Health Hospital in the Medical Center.


RSVP no later than Tuesday, October 20 at 6 PM.  No fault cancellation 48 hours in advance in writing to [email protected] .


$20.00 SMPS Houston Member
$25.00 after 07:00 pm October 21

$20.00 Group of THREE or More or Member of another SMPS Chapter
$25.00 after 07:00 pm October 21

$30.00 Not a SMPS Member
$35.00 after 07:00 pm October 21