Brenda Case Scheer has been dean of the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah for eight years. She is a registered architect and certified planner. 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. The Fellowship is a significant honor given in recognition of Brenda’s successful professional career. 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. Since coming to Utah, she has completely transformed and rebranded the College, formerly the Graduate School of Architecture. As a direct result of her efforts, the College boasts one of the most well regarded urban planning departments in the US and has interdisciplinary programs in product design, preservation, and sustainability. New degrees in the College include a Ph.D. in planning, a Masters of Real Estate Development (with the Business School), and a recently accredited graduate degree in City and Metropolitan Planning. Over the last five years, enrollment in graduate programs is up 300%, resources for the College have increased 200% (during a time of budget cuts), and research grants have soared.