Alex O'Briant AIA

Alex Obriant


Alex O’Briant is a Principal at Ennead Architects. His award-winning work covers a broad range of typologies, including projects for education, cultural, and civic institutions. As a leading design voice in Ennead’s education practice, he approaches projects collaboratively, with the belief that design and institutional culture can merge to create intellectual communities that prioritize learning over teaching and teamwork over individual achievement. Alex speaks regularly at conferences around the country on his design work and on issues in higher education. He has taught architecture at Rice University and Lehigh University and regularly serves as critic and juror at other schools. He received a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University in 2001 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Birmingham-Southern College in 1994, and has lived and worked in New York, Spain, Texas, and Alabama. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for College and University Planning.


Higher Education

K-12 Education

Programming / Master Planning

    • The University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering, New Site Planning Study,
    • The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, Strategic Planning Studies,
    • Concordia International School Shanghai, Pudong Campus Realignment Study,
    • Purdue University College of Science Master Plan,
    • Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola Strategic Plan, San Juan, PR,
    • Purdue University Flex Lab Facility Programming Study,
    • New York Hall of Science, Phase II Expansion and Renovation Feasibility Study,
    • The University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering, Master Plan and Energy Engineering Building Formation Study,
    • Barnes Foundation, Programming and Site Analysis,
    • Brooklyn Museum, Hall of the Americas Planning Study,



    • Modern Meadow Demonstration Manufacturing Facility,

Select Speaking Engagements

    • Association of University Architects: Big Ten & Friends, Chaney-Hale Hall of Science Presentation, 2020
    • SCUP-54 Seattle, "Future Friendly", 2020
    • Tradeline University Facilities Conference, "Case Study: The future of business education space at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business", 2019
    • SCUP Southern Region Atlanta, "From Stymied to STEM", 2019
    • SXSW Edu Learn By Design: Seoul Foreign School, 2019
    • SCUP-53 Nashville Presenter, Strategic Sharing, 2018
    • AIA Austin Summer Conference Keynote, Change Agent, 2018
    • Metropolis Magazine, Education Think Tank, 2017