The University of Virginia announced that Ila Berman has been appointed the dean of the School of Architecture. Currently a tenured full professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, as well as a principal of SCALESHIFT design in Toronto, she will assume the role Aug. 15.
In the last 11 years Berman has led three architecture schools in different capacities: as the associate dean of Tulane University School of Architecture, as the director of architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and most recently as the O’Donovan Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. Berman provided academic and administrative leadership and vision for the direction and growth of all three institutions.
Berman received a bachelor of architecture with high distinction in 1983 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where she graduated top in her class and received the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Medal for Design. She went on to earn a Master of Design Studies degree in 1991, followed by her Doctor of Design in 1993 in architectural history, theory and criticism, both from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Berman succeeds Dean Elizabeth K. Meyer, who will return to the faculty at the end of a two-year term.