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Ila Berman

Ila Berman, Professor and Director of Architecture at the California College of the Arts, is an architect and theorist. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Dr. Berman has received numerous honors and awards, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Design, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Fellowships, AIA Awards and the President’s Award at Tulane University, where she was a Favrot Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Architecture until 2007. She was also the founding director and Principal Investigator of URBANbuild, an outreach architectural and urban design program for which she received a $300,000 HUD/URAP Grant, and she published its work in URBANbuild local global, co-authored with Mona El Khafif. Additional collaborative research and design projects include New Orleans: Strategies for a City in Soft Land, with Joan Busquets and Felipe Correa, and From Grid to Matrix, a theoretical analysis of shifting paradigms in late 20th century architectural practice.

Since becoming the Architecture Director at CCA, Dr. Berman has founded three project-based R+D labs on urbanism, ecology, and digital, interactive and interdisciplinary media to expand networks for architectural research, design and practice.

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PLACES: Design, Research, Impact: URBANlab at CCA (01.19.12)