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Rebekah G. Gladson, FAIA, AUA

Rebekah G. GladsonRebekah Gladson has championed design-build project delivery at the University of California (UCI), Irvine. Her vision and leadership have transformed the campus, both in terms of the built environment and in the use of design-build.

Her lifetime achievement begins with the transformation of the Irvine campus. Twenty years ago, UCI was a campus with 14,000 students and the campus today ranks in the top 100 universities in America with over 24,000 students. During this growth period, Rebekah led the design-build development of over 30 buildings, representing $1 billion in construction with yet another $1.3 billion in construction currently underway.

More than just a great administrator, Rebekah has fine-tuned her skills as both an architect and master planner. She has led a design-build construction program that has created bold buildings with sweeping entries that awaken the excitement for learning and research.

A hands-on master builder, her sense of design and knowledge of construction helps each design-build team deliver quality projects on time and within budget and in a working environment of respect between owner, contractor, architect, and engineer.

UCI’s Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas Cesario said, “Rebekah has put her heart and soul into our buildings. She works with the faculty to see that their wishes and needs are fulfilled to the greatest extent possible, while creating architecturally elegant buildings that are also built to the highest standards.”

Truly a unique figure in the design-build industry, Rebekah’s passion for excellence in every step of the design-build process is inspirational.