, who will begin July 1, will succeed Karen Van Lengen, who has led UVa's architecture school for the past decade.
teaching and research focuses on three areas: the relationship between the human body and large shared spaces, such as cities and landscapes; environmental design and sustainability; and predominately black neighborhoods and their role in social equity, according to UVa's announcement Thursday afternoon.
"Professor Tanzer brings with her a strong background in collaborative teaching, research and community outreach that will reinforce the future direction of the school and keep it on the path toward excellence," said UVa President John T. Casteen III in a statement.
"I see the School of Architecture as a unique treasure here, and I am confident that Professor Tanzer
will be a good steward of this treasure."
UVa officials said Tanzer
, 53, is widely respected in architectural circles.
has received local and national awards for her
work, including for extensive work in a traditionally black neighborhood in Gainesville, Fla.
Tanzer has also served as a leader in higher education.
She is a past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
She also served as chairwoman of the University of Florida's faculty senate and as a faculty representative on UF's board of trustees.