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Betsy del Monte


Dallas, Texas

Betsy del Monte, FAIA, LEED BD+C, leads The Return on Innovation Project, dedicated to the empowerment of people at risk, restoration of their dignity and economic self-sufficiency, and protection of the environment and natural resources.

As Adjunct Faculty at the SMU School of Engineering, she has created and teaches a Masters degree program in Sustainability and Development. She has been a visiting lecturer at several other universities including Rice University, University of Virginia, and University of Texas.

Formerly a Principal and Director of Sustainability for The Beck Group, an integrated architecture, construction and development firm, she has 30 years of experience in high-performance architecture and environmental responsive design.

Betsy has been named to the College of Fellows of the AIA, and a Senior Fellow in the Design Futures Council. She has been President of AIA Dallas, and Chair of the North Texas Green Building Council, and sits on the boards of Habitat for Humanity in Dallas, and Empower African Children.

Betsy received her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. Her experience includes work at architecture firms in Atlanta and Houston, as well as nine years with Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York.