Professor Verderber is a scholar, researcher, practitioner and Registered Architect whose core specialty is architecture, design therapeutics, and health. He is a Professor at both the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, an interdisciplinary appointment that is unique in North America. He holds a doctorate in architecture from the University of Michigan.
Verderber is a co-founder of R-2ARCH/Los Angeles and New Orleans, and continues to be engaged in pro bono community service work in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. He has received three Progressive Architecture awards and design and research awards from the ACSA.
Verderber is the author of ninety scholarly articles in peer-reviewed publications. He has also authored six books, three of which have won North American awards. They include: Healthcare Architecture in an Era of Radical Transformation (2000), Compassion in Architecture: Evidence-based Design for Health (2005), Innovations in Hospice Architecture (2005), Delirious New Orleans: Manifesto for an Extraordinary American City (2009), Innovations in Hospital Architecture (2010) and Sprawling Cities and Our Endangered Public Health (2012).
Verderber’s teaching experience includes over twenty years at Tulane University, and six years at Clemson University. The American Institute of Architects AIA Education Honor Award program has recognized him for his interdisciplinary seminar courses. His design work as well as his students’ design studio work has been published and recognized internationally. In 2005, he was the sole recipient in North America of the Distinguished Professor Medal, bestowed by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).