Brenda Case Scheer, AIA, AICP, has been the Dean of the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah since 2002. She is a nationally recognized authority on urban design and the development of cities. She won the prestigious Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism Prize for her writing, and she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
As Dean, she has made environmental and civic concerns her hallmark, creating an innovative urban planning program and emphasizing community and environmental engagement, while emphasizing issues of social responsibility, environmentalism, and urbanism. Dean Scheer is appointed to the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Advisory Committee, the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts Board and the United States GSA National Register of Peer Professionals. She serves on the boards of Envision Utah, Artspace, the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Utah AIA Chapter Board and the Landscape Architecture Foundation. She was instrumental in the design work for the Chamber's Downtown Rising project. She has marshaled University resources and her own expertise to bear on community problems and issues, including downtown redevelopment and design, support for public transportation, regional smart growth, enhanced urban design, and support for artist housing and regional arts facilities. At her instigation, the College has begun a project to make its facilities the first large-scale net zero renovation in the US.
Dean Scheer has a long record of professional practice as an architect and urban designer as a principal of Scheer & Scheer, Inc., where her projects include award-winning master planning, urban design, public buildings, and mixed use projects, including two downtown housing projects in Salt Lake City.