Edward Becker, SAFA

Associate Professor

M.Arch., Harvard University

M.Arch., Harvard University

Mr. Becker is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech and co-founder of the Finnish architectural investment firm Vör (Vör Architecture + Vör Capital Investments AB).

As a registered, practicing architect in Helsinki, Finland and a member of the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), he is currently engaged in ongoing housing projects in both Finland and the United States with particular focus on timber construction/innovation.

Prior to joining the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, Mr. Becker taught housing and urbanism in Aalto University’s Masters Degree Programme in Espoo, Finland and was an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow and Visiting Guest Researcher in Aalto University’s Department of Architecture (Finnish Fund, 2013-2014). His most recent research stems from his involvement with Aalto University’s Digital Design Laboratory. Mr. Becker explores the role of cognitive load mitigation in introductory digital design education and offers pedagogical strategies to increase the learning efficiency of novices in digital design contexts.

He holds a Master of Architecture, with Distinction, from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Outstanding Research and Design Prize in Housing (JCHS), a National Honor Award in Residential Design (ASLA), and an ASF Fellowship, among other awards. Mr. Becker has worked for MAD Architects in Beijing and WEarchitecture in Copenhagen on large cultural and institutional projects. He has also worked for the Harvard Journal of Real Estate, serving as an Assistant Editor and Publication Chair while overseeing the journal’s inaugural publication “Navigating Investments with Ethical Risk.”