Participants at a workshop at the Alexander Technique 9th International Congress 2011

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Photo of Galen Cranz, presenter at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

plenary session: fri 14 aug | details

panel discussion: thu 13 aug | details

Galen Cranz is Professor of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. sociologist, and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. In 2011 she received the Career Award, the highest award of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). She has defined a new area of research and coined a phrase regarding the ways in which the body meets the environment, called 'Body Conscious Design' (BCD). Her book, The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design (WW Norton 1998), received EDRA's 2004 Achievement Award, and has been covered by The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Oregonian, Bay Guardian, Metropolis, Metropolitan Home, Toronto Globe and Mail, New Scientist (UK), television and radio in US, UK, and Australia. She has taught seminars on Body Conscious Design since 1988. She co-founded the International Association for Body Conscious Design (ABCD). She is also the author of The Politics of Park Design: A History of Urban Parks in America (MIT 1982) and Defining the Sustainable Park in Landscape Journal (2004). As a designer she has been part of significant park design competitions for Spectacle Island, Boston Inner Harbor; Olympia Fields, Chicago; Tschumi's Parc de LaVillette in Paris, and St. Paul Cityscape.

Her Alexander certification was with Thom Lemens of New York; she currently studies vision (EyeBody) with Peter Grunwald of New Zealand and Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in California. She swims and practices tai chi daily.

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