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Joel Reitzer

At a Glance

Class Year: 1968

Award Year: 2005

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Architecture


Joel Reitzer ’68 (B.Arch) retired in May, 2015, as Director of the Department of General Services for the City of Durham, North Carolina. Upon his retirement, he formed R4 Development (R4D), based in Florida. As Managing Director of R4D, Joel provides Program Management Services, Development Management and Architectural Consulting Services. Joel is a licensed architect in Florida, Texas and North Carolina, and his projects are primarily located in those states at this time. The formation of R4D is allowing Joel to be closer to family and personal interests. Joel served in executive leadership positions in his own practice in San Antonio, Texas, and for the State of Texas (General Services Commission), the Cities of Jacksonville, Florida(Project Director) and Durham, North Carolina(Director of General Services), and for other major firms such as Wyndham(Director of Project Development), BLGY(VP) and BOKA Powell(Director, Central Texas). Joel participated in the programming, planning, design and construction of over $ 2 billion in projects as Architect, Program Manager, Director, or Managing Director. Joel’s development experience includes due diligence/acquisition, planning, financing, design and construction of varied facility and building types, including private and public ownership. Joel’s community participation has included commitment to organizations, such as the San Antonio Riverwalk Commission (Chair), San Antonio Historic Review Commission (Commissioner), San Antonio Library Foundation(President), Jacksonville’s Downtown Development Committee, Durham’s Convention Center Authority Board, Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham Arts Council, Durham Performing Arts Center, Carolina Theater, and the American Institute of Architects. Project types completed include public and private ownerships, in many building types. Completed works are in Texas, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and internationally. Joel’s love for design and art include restoration and reclaiming/reusing antiquity materials and landscape development. Teaching activities included early practice years in Texas at San Antonio College as instructor of design, drawing and construction technology classes. Joel developed an interest in Facilities Asset Management during the six years as Durham’s Director of General Services, and produced a Life Cycle Management System for City facilities, which has become a new standard for asset management stewardship. Joel has recently moved back to the sustainable home he built on Amelia Island in 2004, constructed with reclaimed pine timber from a former church in Jacksonville, Florida.