Associate Professor Heather Flood was recently appointed Undergraduate Chair of the School of Architecture in Los Angeles. As Assistant Undergraduate Chair, she coordinated the first year studios to transform the BArch curriculum, and her work resulted in the 2017 Studio Prize from Architect Magazine.
As Undergraduate Chair, Heather will continue working to evolve the undergraduate curriculum by exploring how to strengthen student skill sets early in foundational years. Partnering with local institutions, she will continue leading the Community College Conversations and coordinating the Woodbury End-of-Year Exhibition. Heather’s work focuses on building foundation studios to impact the long-term success of students.
“One of the greatest pleasures in working as an educator is encountering people who challenge and inspire you. Heather Flood is one of those people. Nationally recognized as a design leader, she brings an optimistic energy to our community. In everything she does – as educator, scholar, designer, and colleague – she exemplifies the highest ethical and professional standards, consistently giving her all and reminding us through her own work the joy that beautiful design can bring. I cannot overemphasize the importance of the contributions that Heather has brought to the School of Architecture. She has breathed new life into our BArch curriculum, and through her own example, establishing exemplary student work habits, instilling a passion for craft and design acumen, and above all in creating studio culture that encourages students to consistently achieve what they never thought possible.”
Heather is a designer and educator. Her work integrates the disciplines and techniques of cultural research, graphic art, and architectural design to create experientially dense environments. Founder and principal of F-lab, Heather’s work has been published and exhibited internationally. Prior to forming F-lab, Heather worked in the offices of Murphy, Burnham, and Buttrick Architects (New York), HOLST Architecture (Portland), and Roto Architects (Los Angeles).
In addition to her professional practice, Heather teaches design studios with a focus on beginning design pedagogy at Woodbury. She has taught design studios and visual studies seminars at SCI-Arc, as well as UCLA. Heather has a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture where she graduated with honors and received the Henry Adams Medal awarded to the top ranking graduate student. Heather has a Bachelor of Art degree from Michigan State University.