University of Calgary

Richard Levy

  • Professor


BS (Civ Eng), MArch, PhD

Personal Statement

Dr. Levy is a Professor of Planning and Urban Design at The University of Calgary, where he serves as the Director for the Real Estate Development Program in Continuing Education. Dr. Levy also serves as Director of Computing for the Faculty of EVDS and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Levy is a founding member of the Virtual Reality Lab and is a Co-Director of the Computational Media Design Program at the University of Calgary. Dr. Levy speaks at international and national conferences in the fields of urban planning, archaeology, GIS, virtual reality, serious games, education, and new media. His published work appears in journals including Journal of Archaeological Science, Internet Archaeology, and the Journal of Visual Studies, Environment and Planning, Plan Canada, VSMM, Canadian Games Association Journal and IEEE Journal.

Selected Work

Books Chapters  

Dawson, P and Levy, R. 30 Days of Night: The Role of Light and Shadow in Inuit Architecture North of the Arctic Circle. Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology. Edited by Constantinos Papadopoulos and Graeme Earl. Oxford University Press, (in press).


Vishkaie, R. S., & Levy, R. SketchBoard: Design and Evaluation of Interactive Tools

for the Design Review Process, International Journal of E-Planning Review, (in press)


Vishkaie, R. S., & Levy, R. M.. Making Design Review Interactive. in Analyzing Art, Culture, and Design in the Digital Age. International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies, 2015, pp. 234-257.


Levy,  R.,  and  P. Dawson,  Interactive Worlds as Educational Tools for Understanding Arctic Life,  in   Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology, edited by Kevin Kee,   University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2014.


Levy, R.  The Virtual Reality Revolution: The Vision and the Reality, InTech, New York City, 2012.  


R. Levy,  Laser Scanning, a Tool in Archaeology and Architectural Preservation in Archaeology, edited by P. Dawson, Thomson Nelson, Scarborough, ON Publishers, 2008, 522-523.


Katz,L and  J. Parker, H. Tyreman and R. Levy, Virtual Reality,  WIT Press, Southampton,  Boston, 2008.


MacLeod, Douglas, Larissa Muller, David Covo and Richard Levy. Design as an Instrument of Public Policy. Chapter in Paola Poletti and Philip Beesley (eds) Ourtopias. Riverside Architectural Press. 2008.


Levy R. Computer Visualization and DTM: Historic Resource Management and Design in Community Destination Management, edited by Walter Jamieson, Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press Inc., 2006, 169-180.


Levy, R. and E. Dickson,  GIS Remote Sensing and Tourism Destination Management in Community Destination Management, edited by Walter Jamieson, Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press Inc., 2006, 101-111 


Wiessner G. and. Levy, R.  Application and Evaluation of Visualization Techniques in Project Negotiation: The Nonthaburi Sustainable Canal Development Project in Thailand,  Land Development in the 21st Century, edited by Hee Soo Chung and Soo Young Park, Seoul Korea:  Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Housing Korean Charter,  2001, pp. 733-741.


Levy, R. The Role of Computers in Street Design, chapter in Images of the Street, London, England: Routledge Press Ltd., 1998, 58-72.


Selected Journal Papers/Conference Papers/Articles 2014-2017


AbuHafeetha, M. ,Noel. N.  and Levy, R. M.  Agricultural Land Use Change and its Drivers in the Palestinian Landscape Under Political Instability, the Case of Tulkarm , City Journal of Borderlands Studies  (DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2017.1344561), in print.


Adagha, Ovo,  Levy, R.,  Carpendale, S. Gates,  Lindquist, M.,  Evaluation of a visual analytics decision support tool for wind farm placement planning in Alberta: Findings from a focus group study, Technological Forecasting and Social Change,  Jan. 2017.


Dawson, P. C.,  and  Levy, R.,  From Science to Survival: Using Virtual Exhibits to Communicate the Significance of Polar Heritage Sites in the Canadian Arctic,  Open Archaeology, 2 (1), November  2016, 209-231.


Levy, R.,  and  P. Dawson, Fort Conger, an Interactive Virtual World for Exploring the Science of the 19th Century, Virtual Archaeology, 2015,  Proceedings ,  St. Petersburg,  Russia, 2015, pp 50-53 .


Adagha, O., Carpendale, S., & Levy, R. M. Decision Support Requirements for Wind Farm  Placement Planning in Alberta. Journal of Decision Systems, 2015,  24:2, 178-205.


Adagha, O., & Levy, R. M. Towards a Product Design Assessment of Visual Analytics in

Decision Support Applications. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, (2015): 1-11.


Bray S, Arnold AE, Levy RM, Iaria G., Spatial and temporal functional connectivity changes between resting and attentive states,  Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Feb;36(2):549-65.

Vishkaie, R. S., & Levy, R. M.. Bubble Play: An interactive Learning Medium for Young Children, Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Cyberworlds, 2015,  286-293


Iaria, G.  Arnold, A,  Burles, F., Liu, I.,  Slone, E, Barclay,S.  . Levy. R.M. Bech-Hansen, T,  Decreased functional connectivity between the hippocampus and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is associated with lifelong history of getting lost, Brain, Journal of Neurology, 2014 , June 28.


Vishkaie, R, Levy, R, Tang,  A  Design Review Process: Can New Technology Improve the Art of Participatory Communication.  International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR),  2014,  3(4),  23-39


Arnold, A., Protzner, A., Bray, S., Levy, R. M., Iaria, G.  Neural network configuration and  efficiency underlies individual differences in spatial orientation ability,  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, February 2014, 26 ( 2), 380-394].


Burles, F., Guadagni, V., Hoey, F., Arnold, A. E., Levy, R. M., O'neill, T., Iaria, G  Neuroticism and Self-Evaluation Measures are Related to the Ability to From Cognitive Maps Critical to spatial Orientation,  Behav Brain Res, 2014, 271:154-9.


Vishkaie, R. S., Levy, R. M., & Tang, A. Urban Planning Process: Can Technology Enhance Participatory Communication? Journal of Urban Planning and Design Research,  2014, 2(1), 20-31.


Arnold, A., Burles, F., Bray, S., Levy, R. M., Iaria, G.  Differential Neural Network Configuration during Human Path Integration, Front Hum Neurosci, 2014,  Apr 29;8:263.

Slone, E., Burles, F., Robinson, K., Levy, R., Iaria, G  Floor Plan Connectivity Influences Wayfinding Performance in Virtual Environments, Environment and Behavior, 2014,  1 -15.


Dawson, P. C.,  Bertulli, M., Levy, R., Tucker, C., Dick, L., Cousins, P.  Application of 3D Laser Scanning to the Preservation of Fort Conger, a Historic Polar Research Base on Northern Ellesmere Island, Arctic Canada, Arctic, 2013, 66:2, 147-158.


Arnold, A.E.G.F., Burles, F., Krivoruchko, T., Liu, I., Rey, C.D., Levy, R.M. &

Iaria, G. Cognitive Mapping in Humans and Its Relationship to Other Orientation Skills

Experimental Brain Research, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 224:3 (2013), 359-372


Vishkaie, R. S., & Levy, R. M.. Perception and Reality: Exploring Urban Planners’ Vision on GIS Tasks for Multi-Touch Displays. In Proceedings of the 2012 ACM international conference on Interactive tabletops and surfaces (ITS ’12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 265-270, 2012.


Mor, L., Levy, R., Boyd, J. Augmented Reality for Virtual Renovation, ACCMM Proceedings,  2012.


Liu, I., Levy, R., Barton J. J., Iaria, G.  Age and gender differences in various topographical orientation strategies. Brain Research, 1410: 112-9, 2011.


Levy,  R, Virtual Reality:  A Tool for Urban Planning and Public Engagement. Computers is Urban Planning and Urban Management ( CUPUM)  Proceedings, July 7, 2011, Lake Louise, Alberta. f


Dawson, P. Levy, R. Oetelaar, G, Arnold,  A Lacroix D,  Documenting Mackenzie Inuit architecture using 3D laser scanning,  Alaska Journal of Anthropology, 2009 (2) 31-44.


Levy, R.,  and  P. Dawson, Using finite element methods to analyze ancient architecture: an example from the North American Arctic, Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 (2009) 2298-2307.


O’Brien, Mary Grantham, Richard M. Levy, and Annika Orich. “Virtual Immersion: The role of CAVE and PC technology.” CALICO Journal 26:2, January 2009.


O’Brien, Mary Grantham, and R. Levy. “Exploration through virtual reality: Encounters with the target culture.” Canadian Modern Language Review. June, 2008.


Levy, R., and M. G. O’Brien, A Virtual World for Teaching German, Canadian Game Studies Association Journal,1:1, 2007.


P. Dawson, R. Levy, D. Gardner, and M. Walls. Simulating the Behavior of Light Inside Arctic Dwelling: Implications for Assessing the Role of Visual Perception in Task Performance, World Archaeology, 2007  39(1) 17-35.hf


Levy, R., and P. Dawson, 3D Imagining as a Tool in the Computer Reconstruction of a Thule Whalebone House, IEEE, Multi-Media Spring 2006, 78-83.


P. Dawson, and R. Levy, Using 3D Computer Models of Inuit Architecture as Visualization Tools in Archaeological Interpretation: Two Case Studies from the Canadian Arctic, Field Archaeology, 2006, 185-195.


Levy, R. Virtual Reality, A Tool for Planners, Plan Canada, 2005 Vol. 45 (4) pp 20-22.


Levy, R. Virtual Reality, Report on Education Session, Downtown Real Estate Development, Plan Canada, 2005, Vol. 45 (4) p 46.


P. Dawson, R. Levy,  Explore the Ideological Dimensions of Thule Whalebone Architecture in Arctic Canada, Internet Archaeology, 18:1, 2005.


Levy, R. The Role of Laser Scanning in the Preservation and Renovation of Historic Architecture, 3D Digital Imagining and Modeling – Applications of Heritage, Industry, Medicine and Land, Padova, Proceedings, 2005.


Guarnieri A, R. Levy, A. Vettore,  Integrated Modeling Systems for 3D Vision, 3D Digital Imagining and Modeling – Applications of Heritage, Industry, Medicine and Land, Padova, Proceedings, 2005.


Levy R.  and  P. Dawson, From Laser Scanning to Virtual Reality: The Art and Science of  Archaeological Reconstructions, Ed Media, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications,  Proceedings, 2005.


Sorrentino, R.M. , R. Levy, L. Katz, X. Peng, Virtual Visualization: Preparation for the Olympic Games Long-Track Speed Skating, International Journal of Computer Science in Sport, 2005  4:1, 39-44. 


Levy, R. and P. Dawson and C. Arnold, Reconstructing Traditional Inuit House Forms Using 3D Interactive Computer Modeling, Journal of Visual Studies, 2004, 19(1):26-35.


Curriculum Vitae


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