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Esther Lorenz

Associate Professor
Director of the Undergraduate Architecture Program
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Dean's Office, School of Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 315
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Dipl. Ing. (TU Graz)
Licensed Architect (ZT, Austria)
Biography

Esther Lorenz is a licensed architect, urban designer and urban scholar with education from TU Graz and TU Delft. Her work explores the social, cultural, political, and economic preconditions of architecture, as well as the mutual effects between urban form and human life, social relations and space perception. Prior to joining UVA in 2012, she was an assistant professor with The Chinese University in Hong Kong, and a lecturer at TU Graz. As a practicing architect Lorenz has collaborated with Schlögl+Süss ArchitektenRiegler Riewe ArchitektenPeter Lorenz AteliersUrbis Australia, and Splitterwerk, amongst others.

Esther Lorenz is the Director of Undergraduate Architecture Program. She teaches design foundation and research studios on undergraduate and graduate levels, urban design theory, and she is the co-director of the school's China program.

ZFOR 3506: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ARCH 4010: Research Studio II
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
ARCH 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARCH 5500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 1–6
Topical offerings in architecture.
SARC 5555: Visualization Elective
Credits: 1–3
Students select from a number of visualization one to three credit modules focusing on all forms of visualization. During this semester, students must select from among the digital visualization choices.
ARH 5606: Chinese Architecture and Culture
Credits: 3
Students will learn about Chinese architecture and culture, and have the opportunity to meet professionals in the field. Students will spend a total of six weeks in China, with four weeks in Beijing and the first two weeks traveling to historical sites in and around Shanghai.
ARCH 5608: China Design Workshop
Credits: 3
The course will combine field analysis, precedent study, and collaborative design proposals into contemporary Chinese architecture and urban form. Focused readings will supplement the design investigation.
ARCH 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ALAR 7010: Research Studio 1
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Prerequisite: ARCH 6020 or LAR 6020.
ARCH 7010: Foundation Studio III
Credits: 6
Intermediate-level design problems, emphasizing analysis and synthesis of complex contextual, cultural, and constructional issues. Prerequisite: ARCH 6020 or chair permission.
ARCH 7020: Foundation Studio IV
Credits: 6
Intermediate-level design problems, emphasizing structure, enclosure, life safety and building systems. Prerequisite: ALAR 7010
ARCH 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8010: Research Studio 2
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Part one of a two part comprehensive design sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 7020 or LAR 7020.
ALAR 8030: Design Studio 3
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Prerequisite: ALAR 7010 and ALAR 8010.
ARCH 8500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 1–6
Topical offerings in architecture.
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ARCH 8801: Research Experience
Credits: 3
Student will engage with faculty on selected topics in Architecture Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
ALAR 8995: Thesis II
Credits: 6
Thesis II . Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.
ALAR 8999: Non-Topical Design Research-Masters
Credits: 1–12
Independent Design Thesis Studio. Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.

08/2017 - ongoing    Arts Council Grant, University of Virginia, for: “Kinesthetic Montage. An Immersive Exploration of Hong Kong’s Walkscapes”

08/2017 - ongoing    FGRU CGII Grant, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, University of Virginia, for: “Kinesthetic Montage. An Immersive Exploration of Hong Kong’s Walkscapes”

06/2015 – 08/2015  Summer Research Grant, UVA School of Architecture, for “Proto-types for the 21st Century Pedestrian City”

07/2012 – 07/2014  Project Grant (Publication), Hong Kong Arts Development Council, for Kowloon Cultural District

01/2012 – 07/2012   Direct Grant for Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Project Title: “Mechanized Pedestrian Movement in Hong Kong and its Impact on Architecture and Urban Design”, Principal Investigator

05/2010 – 06/2011   Direct Grant for Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong for: “A Study on Hong Kong’s Urban Space through its Representation in Film”, Principal Investigator