Lora Strigens is the chief university planner & architect at Marquette University. She is responsible for leading planning, facilities, campus services, and sustainability. In her role, Strigens works closely with all units across campus, engaging with academics, students, administrative departments, student life, and other campus and community stakeholders to ensure that campus master planning decisions are approached in an integrated way. Strigens co-leads the University’s strategic planning steering committee, and she is a member of the University Leadership Council and the President’s Advisory Team.
Prior to joining Marquette, Strigens was an Associate Vice President at a national architecture, engineering and planning firm, and then moved inside higher education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was the Associate Director of Planning. A licensed architect and planner, Strigens has worked on numerous education and cultural projects both locally and nationally, and has provided leadership on projects from early planning through programming and implementation. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at UWM. Strigens has presented at several professional conferences and events and published on the topics of master planning, planning implementation, and integrating sustainability into planning and design efforts.
Strigens received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and two master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently working on her PhD at Marquette University in Educational Policy & Leadership. Her area of research interest is higher education leadership and strategic planning.
She was the recipient of the GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) award from UWM, was awarded Forty Under 40 by the Milwaukee Business Journal, and was recognized with a leadership award from Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast in 2019. Strigens is active in several professional and community organizations, and currently serves on the board of Menomonee Valley Partners.