Professor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Laura is an architect and Professor, most notably at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, where she served as Head from 2004-2008. She has also taught at other institutions throughout North America as well as in Antwerp, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dublin, Doha, Gdansk, Istanbul, Milan, Rome and Zurich.
She is a leading voice for integrated design education, policies, practice and research. Her work focuses on the development and implementation of integrated design, strategies and collaborative programmes between the academy, government, industry and the profession. She lectures on issues concerning the relationship between design education, practice and research.
In 2009 - 2010, Laura was the 16th "Thinker in Residence" in South Australia, a programme inviting global experts and leaders in their field to generate visionary and actionable policies and recommendations for the government. She focused on the value of design and the impact of the built environment on the quality of life, and published "An Integrated Design Strategy for South Australia - Building the Future."
Laura lectures internationally, serves on award juries and as an accreditation chair, advisor and consultant for numerous academic institutions, companies and professional organisations. She is the recipient of several national and international awards, grants and honours.