Professor of Architecture, UC Berkeley
Dr. Cranz, Professor of Architecture, is a sociologist, designer, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (a system of body-mind postural education). She is interested in the social and cultural components of environmental design and specifically how the body meets the environment, a new subject she has called Body Conscious Design. She provided a critique of the practice of chair sitting from a somatic point of view in The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design. She also studies post-occupancy effects of designs on users, the role of urban parks (The Politics of Park Design), and taste as a communication process in design. Her most recent publications are Ethnography for Designers (Routledge 2016) and “Rethinking the Chair and Sitting,” Sedentary Behavior and Health: Concepts, Assessments, and Interventions (W. Zhu and N. Owen, Eds.) (Human Kinetics: Champaign, Illinois, 2017), pp 45-53.