Ila Berman is an architect, theorist, and curator of architecture and urbanism whose research investigates the relationship between culture and the evolution of contemporary material and spatial practices. She is Dean of the School of Architecture and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, and Principal of Scaleshift design. Prior to her appointment as Dean, Dr. Berman held numerous academic teaching positions and has led three architecture schools in different capacities: as the Associate Dean of Tulane University School of Architecture, the Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and as the O’Donovan Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. She was the Founding Director and Principal Investigator of URBANbuild, a multi-scaled program to support the urban rehabilitation and revitalization of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and co-author of URBANbuild local_global (Applied Research and Design, 2009)—winner of an AIGA award for the top 50 books of 2009. Berman’s recent books include Expanded Field: Architectural Installation Beyond Art, FLUX: Architecture in a Parametric Landscape, and New Constellations New Ecologies (ARD 2014). She holds a doctorate in architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is a recipient of the Presidents Award of Excellence for teaching from Tulane University and the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Design.