After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Design from the University of Florida (1971) and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1977), Julius Gribou initiated his academic career at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL). His professional career as an architect was on a parallel track, as he became a registered architect in 1977. In 1985 Gribou joined the faculty at Texas A&M University as an Associate Professor, and subsequently was appointed as the Head of the Department of Architecture and a Professor.
Since 2000, at UTSA, Gribou has held the positions of Director and Dean of the School of Architecture, founding Dean of the College of Architecture, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor of Architecture (until 2016), Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive Vice Provost, Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO), and Senior International Officer (SIO).
Gribou was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Poland in 1991, where he researched the country’s historic preservation systems. Professionally, Gribou has been active with the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects (TSA), where he has held a number of officer positions and committee assignments.
Among his awards and accomplishments are numerous design and photography awards, the Edward J. Romieniec, FAIA Award from the Texas Society of Architects (TSA), and a Presidential Citation from the TSA. Over the past several years, Gribou has served as a juror for regional, national and international design award competitions. In 2007 he co-edited a guidebook titled: “Traditions and Visions: San Antonio Architecture”.
Gribou’s community involvement includes service on a number of local non-profit boards and organizations, and city boards and committees.
An educator and architect with more than 20 years of international networking experience, Gribou directed the development of UTSA’s international programs, was responsible for space utilization and allocation, provided leadership in the master planning endeavors, and oversaw the academic compliance activities and represents the Provost in his absence.
Gribou is commited to working with the Provost to help the university in its movement toward becoming a premier research university. He feels confident that his academic and professional experience, plus the involvement on the strategic and master plan teams, will prove beneficial as UTSA is being elevated to a higher level of excellence.