Brenda Case Scheer is a professor of architecture and city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah. She has been dean of the College of Architecture and Planning since 2002. 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. She is the only woman who is both a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Following her successful design career, in 1990 she 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.
As dean, Scheer has prioritized social and civic responsibility, with students and faculty heavily engaged in outreach and service learning programs as well as new interdisciplinary activities. With her support, faculty developed multiple new hands-on programs including a project where students design and build a home for a Navajo family, an urban planning studio that concentrates on helping Hispanic neighborhoods of Salt Lake, and an innovative honors course that engages interdisciplinary freshmen and sophomores in a “think tank” with community partners.
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.
Scheer is an active leader in local and national community organizations, including her current and past service on the Girl Scouts of Utah board, AIA Utah board, the Capitol City Committee, the Utah APA board, the Envision Utah board and executive committee, the Artspace board, the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts Board, the national Landscape Architecture Foundation, and the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Advisory Committee.