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Catherine Bauer Wurster Award For Social Practice

Catherine Bauer Wurster

Catherine Bauer Wurster

The Catherine Bauer Wurster Award for Social Practice recognizes alumni of the College of Environmental Design whose professional work and personal commitments have contributed significantly to social and environmental justice, fair housing opportunities, healthy and equitable communities, and sustainable cities and regions.

Catherine Bauer Wurster (1905-1964) was the foremost housing advocate of her generation and primary author of the landmark U.S. Housing Act of 1937, the nation’s first affordable housing legislation. After the passsage of the Act, she served as Director of Research and Information for the new United States Public Housing Authority and as adviser to numerous other federal and local agencies.

A professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, she wrote the seminal book Modern Housing. She was influential in shaping the intellectual rationale, professional aspirations, and social values of the university’s new College of Environmental Design, founded in 1959. The home of the college, Wurster Hall, is named in honor of Catherine Bauer Wurster and her husband William W. Wurster, its founding dean.


Catherine Bauer Wurster Recipients

Term Recipient
2016 Jon Stryker (MArch '89)