Book Review: 100 Years of UC Berkeley’s Architecture Department
After a decade of research, interviews, and editing, UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design has just published Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture, 1903–2003, a book chronicling the history of the University’s Department of Architecture, announced Jennifer Wolch, dean of the College of Environmental Design.
From its unofficial beginning on a San Francisco ferryboat to its current status as a nationally recognized program, the Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, played a significant role in American architectural education. Faculty and alumni from the UC Berkeley Architecture Department have profoundly influenced architectural thought, practice, design, education, and the built environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. Design on the Edge provides insights into the history and development of the department that included such notables as John Galen Howard, William Wurster, Catherine Bauer Wurster, Erich Mendelsohn, Christopher Alexander, Joseph Esherick, Spiro Kostof, Sim Van der Ryn, Dell Upton, and Marc Treib, as well as more recent rising stars such as Michael Bell and Lisa Iwamoto. From its inception, Berkeley’s architecture program enrolled women and minorities; recently, more than 50% of its graduates have been women. Discover how Berkeley’s Architecture Department became the national model for incorporating social responsibility and environmental sustainability into design and design education.
By assembling a wide array of informal reflections, scholarly essays, and writings from a variety of past and current students, staff, and faculty, Design on the Edge will appeal to a broad audience of people interested in architecture, pedagogy, the creative process, and the built environment of California. Its hundreds of photographs and drawings and readable text will engage and entertain.
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For its first 50 years, the UC Berkeley Architecture Department was housed in a small, shingled building that everyone called the “Ark.” It was designed by well-known Bay Area architect and founder of the department, John Galen Howard, in 1906.
Architecture students in the Ark, 1928.
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