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Gary Maler

At a Glance

Class Year: 1974

Award Year: 2012

Degree: Master of Architecture

Profession: Real Estate / Education


Gary Maler, who earned a Master of Architecture degree in 1974, has lifted Texas A&M’s Real Estate Center to global prominence after a private-sector career spearheading some of Houston’s most notable developments. “Gary provides unparalleled industry knowledge and energy,” said Jonathan Brinsden ‘92, chief operations officer of Midway Companies. “His powerful combination of strategy and creativity make him a profound and powerful industry leader.” A frequent public speaker on real estate issues and public policy, Maler, who has led the center since 2005, is often in contact with Texas’ top policymakers seeking his perspective and insight informed by the center’s research. “Under his leadership, the center has become one of the most highly respected and trusted sources of research and information heavily relied on by members of the legislature, the governor’s office, state agencies and the business community,” said Susan Combs, Texas’ comptroller of public accounts. Maler led the establishment of Texas A&M’s comprehensive institutional real estate asset management plan and was part of the team that developed Texas A&M’s Research Park. Before coming to the center in 1982, Maler was an operations superintendent for commercial properties at Friendswood Development Company, performing market feasibility studies and helping supervise construction of large-scale, mixed-use projects including Greenspoint, Kingwood and Copperfield developments. He also coordinated Friendswood’s special projects in other regions of the country and was instrumental in establishing its commercial real estate development division. Maler also serves on the board of advisors for the Urban Land Institute’s Houston chapter and nurtures a love for indigenous Texas architecture by sketching and developing a portfolio of photos and drawings in the Texas vernacular.