Valerie Chang Greer

Valerie Chang Greer, AIA, LEED AP, MArch02

Valerie Chang Greer is an architect and vice president at Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK), where she works on a wide variety of building projects, including those in Aviation and Science & Technology.

Greer came to Washington University in 1999 from Bozeman, Montana, and earned a Master of Architecture degree in 2001. As a student, she received the School's Frederick Widmann Prize and AIA Student Medal, and was a co-recipient of the Steedman II Traveling Fellowship. As a professional, she has returned to teach several design studios in architecture.

At HOK, Greer was a senior designer on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), an international research university located along the coast of the Red Sea. Designed and built in three years, the 5.5 million-square-foot campus has received numerous honors, including an AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects Award and recognition as R&D Magazine's Laboratory of the Year. Greer continues to work on KAUST, and is currently leading the design of a horticulture-aquaculture research facility that will be a pilot plant for high-tech food production.

In addition to project work, Greer has played a leading role in creating the HOK Design Annual, a publication featuring the design work of the firm worldwide. A special edition accompanying the annual collection, HOK Tall Buildings, will be published in spring 2014; proceeds will be used to create an HOK Travelling Fellowship.

In 2014 Greer received the St. Louis Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award and Engineering News-Record Midwest's 20 Under 40 Award. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and remains actively involved with FOCUS St. Louis. WUSTL-related speaking engagements have included a Women in Architecture panel discussion and a symposium in Hong Kong for the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.