Brenda Case Scheer

Dean, College of Architecture & Planning

Brenda Case Scheer AIA AICP has been the dean of the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah since 2002. During her tenure, the College has been considerably transformed by the addition of the urban planning program.
Her research specializations are the formal development of cities and urban design policy. She has published many articles and book chapters on design review, architecture, housing, and suburban form. Her books include Suburban Form: an International Perspective; Design Review: Challenging Urban Aesthetic Control; and The Culture of Aesthetic Poverty. She is the winner of the prestigious Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism Prize, which is awarded for writings on urban design.

She is also chair of the board of directors of Artspace, Inc., a member of the Envision Utah steering committee, and on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. Dean Scheer has a long record of professional practice, including as a principal of Scheer & Scheer, Inc., where her projects include master planning, urban design and design guidelines as well as several award-winning architectural projects. She has also been involved in sustainable development projects in Thailand and Crete.

She was previously a professor at the University of Cincinnati, where she taught for 12 years. Before entering her academic career, she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, director of urban design at the City of Boston, and vice president of a real estate development company in Houston. She holds the masters’ and bachelor’s degrees in architecture from Rice University.