Faculty Lecture: Brenda Scheer, “The Evolution of Urban Form”
Date – January 19, 2012
Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah
Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
By observing a place for a long time – say, a hundred years or a thousand years — we can study the things that change and the things that stay the same. Like all cities, Salt Lake City has a unique plan that has affected its long term growth and development but, just as important, will continue to have an effect for a long time into the future. How do buildings, patterns of streets and other urban elements shape and limit a city? Brenda Scheer will use the history of Salt Lake and many other examples to describe urban evolution.
Brenda Case Scheer has been dean of the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah for eight years. She is a registered architect and certified planner. She graduated with Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in architecture from Rice University and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The Fellowship is a significant honor given in recognition of Scheer’s successful professional career.
Following her design career, in 1990 Scheer was appointed an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati. While teaching and writing, she has continued to practice architecture with the award-winning firm of Scheer & Scheer. Since coming to Utah, she has completely transformed and rebranded the College, formerly the Graduate School of Architecture. As a direct result of her efforts, the College boasts one of the most well regarded urban planning departments in the US and has interdisciplinary programs in product design, preservation, and sustainability. New degrees in the College include a Ph.D. in planning, a Masters of Real Estate Development (with the Business School), and a recently accredited graduate degree in City and Metropolitan Planning. Over the last five years, enrollment in graduate programs is up 300%, resources for the College have increased 200% (during a time of budget cuts), and research grants have soared.
Dean Scheer is also a noted scholar, with 19 research grants or contracts, and twenty-four book chapters and journal articles. Her most recent book, The Evolution of Urban Form: Typology for Planners and Architects, was published in October 2010. Her research focuses on design and planning policy. The mission of her research is to provide theory and guidance to designers and policy makers who combat sprawl and protect significant places.