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Ila Berman

Dr. BermanShe holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She 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.


Mona El-Khafif

Dr. El Khafif worked in architectural offices in Cologne before settling in Vienna in 1997, where she worked on design projects including the BUSarchitecture pilot Homeworkers project and the Ortner & Ortner Museumsquartier Vienna. In 2001, El Khafif founded the interdisciplinary architectural design studio phase 1 Fox_El Khafif_Nuhsbaumer. She also is a founding member of IG architecture, a platform for the development of contemporary architecture in Vienna, and has extensive experience in organizing international urban workshops and collaborative cooperation programs with international universities.

After teaching at the TU Vienna from 2000–06, El Khafif joined the URBANbuild program at Tulane University in New Orleans to support studios at the urban and architectural scales in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is the co-author of URBANbuild: Local/Global and author of Staged Urbanism: Urban Spaces for Art, Culture and Consumption in the Age of Leisure Society. Her current research operates at multiple scales, examining the interdisciplinary aspects of urban regeneration strategies and urban ecologies.