ILA BERMAN, Professor and Director of Architecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA) is an architect and theorist with a doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Berman‘s recent work and publications on fluid architectural and urban environments include the book URBANbuild local global  (co-authored with Mona El Khafif), “Amphibious Territories” in the AD Territory: Architecture Beyond Environment, “Regenerative Returns” in the Cornell Journal of Architecture, “Fluid Machines” in GAM.07 Zero Landscape, Sustainable Skyscrapers: Vertical Ecologies and Urban Ecosystems and the book New Orleans: Strategies for a City in Soft Land by Harvard University (with Joan Busquets and Felipe Correa).In addition to her exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Center, the Ogden Museum, the Perloff Gallery and many other public and private institutions, she was also responsible for bringing the City of the Future exhibition and panel to CCA, and was the creator of New Orleans: Urban Operations for a Future City, an exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2006 International Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy.