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Kim Tanzer FAIA is the Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. In June 2014, it was announced that Elizabeth K. Meyer would succeed Tanzer as dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture beginning in July 2014. Prior to beginning her tenure at the University of Virginia in July 2009 she served as a professor of architecture at the University of Florida for more than two decades. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and her Master of Architecture from North Carolina State University.
Much of her teaching and research focuses on the relationship between the human body and large shared spaces such as the city and the landscape, with an emphasis on creating sustainable environments. She has worked extensively with Gainesville, Florida’s Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street historically African-American neighborhood. In part to further this work she was co-founder and founding Executive Director of the Florida Community Design Center, Inc. in 2001 and remained on the Board of Directors until 2008. She is co-editor of The Green Braid: Towards an Architecture of Ecology, Economy, and Equity, along with many scholarly and popular articles. She served as president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and founding president of the National Academy of Environmental Design.
Tanzer lives with her husband Rod McGalliard in Colthurst Farm in Charlottesville.
- Charlottesville Tomorrow, 2011-2014