Ila Berman

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Ila Berman
Preceded by Elizabeth K. Meyer

Biographical Information

Ila Berman was named as dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture in April 2016. [1] She assumed the position on August 15, 2016.

She succeeded Elizabeth K. Meyer as dean.

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Before being appointed, Berman was a full professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She also is a principal of SCALESHIFT design in Toronto.

Berman has also been associate dean of Tulane University School of Architecture and director of architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo.

She earned a bachelor of architecture with high distinction in 1983 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and graduated first in her class. She received a Master of Design Studies degree in 1991 and a Doctorate of Design in 1993 in architectural history, theory and criticism, both from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Att Tulane, she founded and directed the URBANbuild program, a multi-scaled two-year program facilitated by a HUD grant to support the urban rehabilitation and revitalization of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Berman has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the President’s Award and Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – the top teaching award given at Tulane. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. UVA Selects Ila Berman as Dean of the School of Architecture, Press Release, April 7, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.

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