Vera Parlac was a Founding Director of the LID. In 2019 she accepted a position at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Vera Parlac is a registered architect in Pennsylvania, U.S. and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. Vera’s current design and research is focused on responsive material systems and informed by contemporary models in biology, material science research, and mechatronic systems. Prior to her appointment in Calgary, she taught design and other subjects at several universities in North America, most recently at Temple University, and in Asia, in Hong Kong. Vera has worked in architectural firms in Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles including Carlos Zapata Design Studio and Kieran Timberlake Associates.