Leslie Van Duzer
Professor
Leslie Van Duzer
Contact Information
Lasserre 408
604 822 8222
lvanduzer@sala.ubc.ca
Education
  • BA
  • MArch
Area of Expertise
  • Design Thinking
  • Modern Architecture

After completing her graduate studies in architecture at the University of California Berkeley and briefly practicing in San Francisco and Vienna, Prof. Van Duzer began her academic career at the University of Michigan. She subsequently taught at numerous schools in the United States, Canada, and Europe including the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, Arizona State University, University of California Berkeley, Dalhousie University, the Technical Universities in Vienna, Prague, and Helsinki, and the Arkitekskolen in Aarhus.

In July 2010, Prof. Van Duzer moved to Vancouver to assume the position of Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. As Director, she oversaw the development of two new degree programs: the Master of Urban Design and a Dual Degree: MArch and MLA; initiated and taught the school’s first university-wide courses; and founded a mentor program matching every student with a professional mentor. She completed her five-year term in June 2015 and is currently enjoying a one-year leave.

Prof. Van Duzer is co-author of four books: Adolf Loos: Works in the Czech Lands, Mies van der Rohe: Krefeld Villas, Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision, and Villa Müller: A Work of Adolf Loos. The two building monographs were awarded the Architects’ Journal "Top Ten Books of the Year" award in London. She recently published a sole-authored book, House Shumiatcher, the first in a series of building monographs documenting endangered West Coast Modern houses in British Columbia. In addition to these books, Prof. Van Duzer has published in international journals and lectured widely in Europe, China and North America. She is currently working on several projects: The Art of Deception, The Village Movement, and Philanthropy and City Building.