Architectures of Hiding

Leslie Van Deuzer

The Architecture of Almost, Not


LESLIE VAN DUZER grew up immersed in the wonder of her father’s superconducting experiments, mother’s faith in miracles and brother’s magic performances. This foundational childhood and her early research on Adolf Loos and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe underpin her ongoing interest in understanding how architecture transcends its material confines. Since beginning her academic career in 1989, Prof. Van Duzer has taught in schools of architecture across North America (University of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and California Berkeley; Arizona State and Washington University); Europe (TU Vienna, Helsinki, and Prague; The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Aarhus School of Architecture); and Japan (Hosei University). In 2010 she moved to Canada to serve as Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. She is currently on the UBC architecture faculty teaching design studios and theory courses. Prof. Van Duzer has published three books in collaboration with Kent Kleinman: Villa Müller: A Work of Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe: The Krefeld Villas, and Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision; a comprehensive study of Loos’s Czech oeuvre with Maria Szadkowska, Adolf Loos: Works in the Czech Lands; and a building monograph, House Shumiatcher, the first in an eight-volume collection she initiated and co-edited with Sherry McKay and Chris Macdonald: West Coast Modern House Series. In 2021, she published her sixth book: Almost, Not: The Architecture of Atelier Nishikata, a sole-authored monograph about a little known, but remarkable Japanese practice. She is currently working on her next book, On Drifting Sand, a reflection on the Danes’ Sisyphean struggle to inhabit the North Sea coast of Jutland.