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Daniel R. Brents

At a Glance

Class Year: 1961

Award Year: 2002

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Architecture


Daniel Brents '61 (ARCH) earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Texas A&M and completed a master's degree in architecture and urban design at Washington University. Retiring in 2006 as a partner with Gensler, where he led an architecture and planning studio and served as the firm's international practice area leader for planning and urban design, Brents continues a consulting practice, building a planning practice for an international design firm and working on other assignments in the U.S. and overseas. He resumed his work in painting, and was a finalist for the 2009 Hunting Art Prize and served on the boards of two Houston-based arts organizations. His work is shown in galleries and exhibitions throughout Texas and elsewhere. Previously, as Disney's Vice President of Architecture and Planning, he was responsible for planning the development of Disneyland Paris, in France. He served as the Houston Sports Authority's development coordinator and as urban planning consultant for the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Brents was responsible for the 1,200 key Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston; the 900,000 square foot expansion of Dell Computers' office campus; a 160-acre high-tech development in Seoul, Korea; and was a consultant to Ross Perot's Hillwood Development on the 75-acre Victory Park project in downtown Dallas. He remains active in the Urban Land Institute and has served on 12 ULI Advisory Service Panels, including assignments in Barcelona and Dubai. He is also a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.