Lukas Pauer is a licensed architect, urbanist, educator, and the Founding Director of the Vertical Geopolitics Lab, an investigative practice and think-tank dedicated to exposing intangible systems and hidden agendas within the built environment. At the University of Toronto, Lukas is an (Honorary) Adjunct Professor of Architecture. At the Architectural Association in London, Lukas has pursued a Ph.D. AD on political imaginaries in architectural and urban design history with a focus on how imperial-colonial expansion has been performed architecturally throughout history. He holds an MAUD from Harvard University and an MSc Arch from ETH Zürich. Among numerous international recognitions, Lukas has been selected as Ambassadorial Scholar by the Rotary Foundation, as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and as Emerging Leader by the European Forum Alpbach — leadership programs committed to change-making impact within local communities.
In the academy with over ten years of experience, Lukas is a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy. Most notably in the realm of international teaching awards, he has been recognized for having devised, coordinated, conducted, and assessed courses and workshops including thesis supervision and examination at leading institutions. He has spoken publicly at institutions such as the World Bank, has served as an editor for several periodicals, is a co-founding editor for the Harvard GSD’s Very Vary Veri Journal, as well as has curated and convened public programs at venues including the Venice Architecture Biennale. In the industry, Lukas has extensive technical experience in construction at the globally renowned practice of Herzog & de Meuron Architekten.