President & CEO
Dr. Daniel Doz's bold vision for AUArts' future and innovative views on its important role in our community have positioned AUArts for success on a national scale.
Dr. Daniel Doz
President and CEO
Alberta University of the Arts
Dr. Daniel Doz is currently in his eleventh year as President and CEO of Alberta University of the Arts). During his tenure, in 2019 the institution transitioned from a college to a university. Other pivotal initiatives include the development of the institution’s first MFA in Craft Media (a first in Canada), and the establishment of the Indigenous resource centre the “Lodgepole Center.” These initiatives continue to propel the 94-year-old institution into an exciting future.
Dr. Doz’s vision for the University’s future identifies AUArts as an educational leader, as an academic leader, and as a community builder. His views on the essential and unique role AUArts must play in contributing to economic, social and cultural prosperity – the three elements of any healthy community – are helping position AUArts towards leadership on a provincial, national and international scale.
Dr. Doz is a very big fan of the amazing work produced by AUArts students. Over the years he created a series of annual events that showcase the depth and diversity of exploration and creativity. This ranged from cups/mugs and bowls used by the Board of Governors, to water pitchers in order to reduce the use of plastic bottles at meetings, to an Annual Student Art Exhibition displayed through the administrative offices – an annual exhibit showcasing more than 100 pieces.
Born in Montreal and educated in France, Dr. Doz has a wide range of academic experience that spans several disciplines including art, cinema, photography, theatre and architecture. He holds a Doctorate in Theatrical and Cinematographic Studies from the Université de Paris-VIII and is licensed as an architect by the French government. His scholarly, research and creative activities have been focused on themes in cinema, photography and architecture. His photographs have been published and his photographic work has been presented in solo exhibits throughout the U.S. and France. His research on film and design has led to presentations at numerous institutions in North America and Europe. His teaching is complemented by his passion for study abroad, and over the years as a faculty he led several major international tours.
Prior to AUArts, Dr. Doz was Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University (2005-10) and Head of the Division of Architecture and Art at Norwich University in Vermont (2001-05).