Professor Leslie Van Duzer is Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. As Director of a School long known for its progressive work on sustainable environments, she advocates for a closer alliance between architecture and landscape architecture. To that end, the School is expanding its integrated undergraduate Environmental Design degree, studying a joint professional Master degree, and launching a new post-graduate Master of Urban Design degree in 2014.
Prior to coming to Vancouver in 2010, she taught in numerous schools of architecture across North America and Europe including the University of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and California at Berkeley; Washington University and Arizona State University; Technical Universities in Prague, Vienna and Helsinki; and the Architecture School in Aarhus, Denmark.
An expert on 20th-century modernism, she has published three books on the work of architects Mies van der Rohe and Adolf Loos and a fourth on Rudolf Arnheim. She is completing her fifth book, House Shumiatcher, for a series of monographs on endangered West Coast modern houses. Other ongoing book projects include: The Art of Deception, on the productivity of ambiguity and misperception, and Thinking by Design, on the design thinking skills essential for addressing wicked problems.