Distinguished Alumni Award

Alumni 1998-2005

Previous Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


Christophe Girot (M.Arch., 1986; M.L.A., 1988)
Chair of Landscape Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Christophe Girot

Christophe Girot earned both a Master of Architecture ('86) and a Master of Land Architecture ('88) from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. After finishing his studies Girot taught various studios across the globe from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the Royal School of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, the Institute for Urban Design in Stuttgart, to the ETSAB in Barcelona. Now Girot is a Full Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). Girot's research focuses on three central topics: new topological methods in landscape design, new media in landscape analysis and perception, and recent history and theory of landscape design. Additionally, Girot's extensive line of work includes Invaliden Park in Berlin, several projects in Paris, and the publication and exhibition of "Groundswell." Now practicing landscape architecture in Zurich, Girot is also currently working on 80 hectares Parco di Castello in Florence, the 18 hectare Deposito di Sigirino for Alp Transit in Tessin, and garden resort in Marrakesh. Girot is currently on the curatorial board of the IBA Hamburg 2013 which is developing topics on the future of the coastal metropolis.


Amos Gitai (Ph.D. Architecture, 1986)

Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai was greatly influenced by the work and lives of his parents. Gitai's father was a classically trained architect and his mother was the daughter of Zionist pioneers. Gitai followed his father's footsteps and also studied architecture at the Technion Institute in Haifa. He further continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his Ph.D. in Architecture in 1986. Gitai's education was interrupted by the breakout of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. While onboard a helicopter during a rescue mission over Syria the helicopter was shot down by enemy gunfire. Gitai survived the incident with only minor physical injuries but the event "shook the student to his very core" and changed the direction of his life. Inspired and motivated, Gitai began his filmmaking with a Super-8 camera given to him by this mother. His short films tackled difficult subjects ranging from political rallies, conflicts, his personal family life, to the intricate layers of life in the Middle East with an intense resolve. His works include: House (1978), Field Diary (1982), In Search of Identity (1980), American Mythologies (1981), and Berlin Jerusalem (1989) which won the critic's prize at the Venice Film Festival. Gitai further cemented his title as an auteur by producing some 15 films that include: Kipper (2000),  Eden (2001), Kedma (2002), Alila (2003), Promised Land (2004), Free Zone (2005), and News from Home / News from House (2006).


Joan Lamphier (M.C.P., 1970)
Founding Principal, Lamphier-Gregory

Joan Lamphier

Joan Lamphier graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley with a Masters in City Planning in 1970. After her studies Lamphier began building her career and gaining experience in urban planning/urban management. She is the Founding Principal of Lamphier-Gregory, an urban planning and environmental analysis consulting firm that specializes in integrating environmental concerns and values into the planning process. As an environmental professional with extensive interaction with state and federal environmental regulatory agencies she is known for her ability to synthesize planning and environmental issues and ability to clear the approval processes of many major infrastructure projects such as transmission lines, energy facilities, dams and large scale industrial facilities. Lamphier has also been involved in more than one hundred projects in forty California cities and Hawaiian Islands.  With over forty years of experience, she continues her work with project management, EIR preparation, project review, and permit processing at the Bay Area-based firm.


Lewis Watts (M.A. Design, 1974)
Associate Professor, Department of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz; Photographer, Lewis Watts Photography

Lewis Watts

Lewis Watts graduated from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley with an M.A. Design in 1974.  He is now an archivist, photographer, and Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The subject of Watts's research and artwork focuses on the 'photography of African American cultural landscapes, where people live, how they occupy and use space, and the traces they leave hind.' Spanning over thirty years, his portfolio and work brings his interest in the cultural roots of architecture and the intentional and unintentional manipulation of space to life. Watts's solo exhibitions of his photographic work include: "Urban Foot Prints: The Photography of Lewis Watts" (1998-1999) in Oakland California; "Lewis Watts, South to West Oakland" (1999) in Syracuse, NY; "Photography by Lewis Watts" (2001) in Bolinas, California; "Lens on Life" (2007) in San Francisco. He has also been involved in some twenty group exhibitions throughout the country.


Kris J. Yao (M.Arch., 1978)
Founder, Artech Architects

Kris Yao

Kris Yao earned a Master of Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley in 1978. Seven years later, Yao established Artech Architects in Taipei, Taiwan and later expanded to Shanghai in 2001. Now Artech Architects has over 160 employees specializing in corporate/industrial, residential, cultural, educational, medicinal, retail, transportation, and interior architecture. Yao has been recognized and honored nationally and internationally for his work found in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, India, Europe, and the United States. In 1999 World Architecture Magazine acknowledged Yao as the "most impressive practice in Taipei" and "at the forefront of the revolution" of the architectural scene in Taiwan. His other achievements include: representing Taiwan in the 8th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia, Italy in 1999; being the first practicing architect to receive the "National Awards for Arts and Architecture"--the highest honor in the field of culture and art in Taiwan; and many others. Yao is still actively involved in Artech Architects' projects.


Richard M. Holliday (M.C.P., 1977)
Founder, Holliday Development

Rick Holliday

Bay Area native Rick Holliday graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, earning both an undergraduate degree in urban policy, and a master's degree in city and regional planning. He went on to first launch Eden Housing and later BRIDGE Housing Corporation, two of the most successful affordable-housing corporations in the nation, before starting Holliday Development in 1988. Rick oversees the strategic, corporate, and political positioning of Holliday Development. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and a guest lecturer for the Urban Land Institute, the University of New Mexico's graduate program in Real Estate, and the Real Estate MBA Program at his alma mater. Married with two grown daughters, he currently resides in Berkeley.


Gerald M. McCue (B.A. Architecture, 1951; M.A. Architecture, 1952)

Gerald McCue

Gerald Mallon McCue was born in Woodlands, CA in 1928. He attended the University of California, Berkeley from 1947 to 1952 where he earned both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture in 1952. Following his studies McCue worked at over five Bay Area firms where he began building his career as an architect. McCue was also a partner at MBT Associates, McCue Boone Tomsick (MBT), McCue, Gerald M., and Associates; and Milano and McCue, Architects. His projects include: Richmond Refinery Research Lab D in Richmond, CA; International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA; State of California, Water Resources Control Board Building, Sacramento, CA; and the University of California, Berkeley 99-inch Cyclotron and Radio-Chemistry Lab in Berkeley, CA. From 1954 to 1959 McCue served as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1976 McCue served as the Principal Investigator for a $92,000 National Science Foundation (NSF)-CBET Grant titled "Building Enclosure and Finish Systems; Design Procedures Considering Interaction of Building Components During Earthquakes." He also co-published several pieces which include: "Architectural Design of Building Components for Earthquakes" (1978), "Creating the Human Environment; a Report of the American Institute of Architects" (1970), and "IBM's Santa Teresa Laboratory--Architectural design for program development" (1978).


Jean M. McMann (M.A. Design, 1976; Ph.D. Arch., 1991)

Jean M. McMann (1934- 2015) graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley with both a Master of Arts in Design in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Architecture in 1991. She has taught courses in writing, photography, and cultural studies at her alma mater and at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the author of Riddles of the Stone Age: Rock Carvings of Ancient Europe and Altars and Icons: Sacred Spaces in Everyday Life. McMann lives in Mill Valley, California.


Mario G. Schjetnan (M.L.A., 1970)
Founding Partner, Grupo de diseño urbano

Mario Schjetnan

Mario Schjetnan was born in Mexico City in 1945. His interests in 20th century modern architecture, pre-Columbian myth, and colonial history have its roots in his parents' professions: hi father was an architect, professor, and golf course designer while his mother was involved in literature and theater. From an early age he showed great interest in architecture; specifically, Mexican Modern Architecture led by Luis Barragán, Max Cetto, and Mario Pani. The Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City motivated him to design for social needs through Mexico's federal institute for worker's housing agency INFONAVIT. In 1970, Schjetnan earned his Master of Landscape Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. Following his work on public housing, he founded his own firm Grupo de Diseño Urbano/GDU with José Luis Pérez. He is known for working with low budgets, basic materials, and modest details while delivering end-products that link public spaces, individual memory, public history together in harmony. Schjetnan's work weaves architecture, urbanism, and nature in his many projects including Malinalco House which won the 2007 ASLA Professional Awards Residential Design Honor Award. In 1985 he was honored with a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard Design School. Schjetnan's many achievements include: Prince of Wales/Green Prize in Urban Design for Xochimilco, ASLA President's Award for Excellence for Parque El Cedazo, Latin American Grand Prix from the Biennale in Architecture in Buenos Aires, Gold Medal from the Mexican Biennale of Architecture for Culhuacán Historical Park, and an honorary PhD from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León in 1995.


William K. Stout (B.Arch., 1969)
Founder, William Stout Books, William Stout Publishers

William Stout

Photo: Leslie

William Stout started Stout Books in 1974. In 1995 he started Stout Publishers and has built a reputation for bringing important out-of-print source books back into print, and shining light on overlooked architects and landscape designers such as Louis Sullivan and R.M. Schindler, as well as publishing important new additions to the literature of architecture. Stout’s association with the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California allows him to distribute Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, 1903-2003, an intimate historical record of the evolution of one of the most innovative programs for the teaching of architecture in the 20th century and beyond.


Francesco Bandarin (M.C.P. , 1977)
Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO

Francesco Bandarin

Francesco Bandarin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with an M.C.P. in 1977. Following his studies he has been active as a consultant for bilateral and multilateral organizations on conservation of historic cities and improvement of urban environments projects including the Venice Safeguarding projects and the year 2000 celebrations in Rome. His involvement in other projects include: Action Plan for the Old City of Jerusalem, the re-erection of the Axum Obelisk, and the protection of the Natural Parks in Congo. Bandarin is also active in academia: he served as Professor of Urban Planning at the School of Architecture of Venice where he taught urban conservation and management, he has lectured and taught courses throughout Europe and the United States, co-published "The Historic Urban Landscape" with Ron Van Oers, and he has also conducted training programs in urban management in the Mediterranean and in Africa. From 2000 to 2010 Bandarin served as the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Secretary of the World Heritage Committee where he actively worked on the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, partnerships with governments, NGOS, and private sectors. In early 2012, Bandarin was appointed as the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture.


Michi Itami (M.A. Design, 1971)

Michi Itami graduate from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 1971. Following her studies Itami began her academic teaching career throughout various universities in the United States: Printmaking Department Instructor at the San Francisco Art Institute; Assistant Professor Department of Art at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; the City College of New York, City University of New York; and Professor, Director of the M.F.A Program, Department of Art. Itami is known for her work in digital prints, etchings, woodcuts, paintings and ceramics. Her work has been on display at over twenty solo exhibitions all over the world: Atelier 2221 (1999) in New Delhi, India; Shinsegae Dongbang Plaza Art Gallery (1992) in Seoul, South Korea; Soker-Kaseman Gallery (1983-94) in San Francisco, California; Miyazaki Gallery (1982) in Kyoto, Japan; and the Phoenix Gallery (1975-76) in San Francisco, California. Some of Itami's most notable awards, honors, and achievements include: Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), Brandywine Press Residency (1997), Women of Color Slide Publication (1996), and Cleveland Print Club of the Cleveland Museum, Print commission published (1986).


Diane Kostial McGuire (B.S. Landscape Architecture, 1954; M.S. Landscape Architecture, 1956)

Diane Kostial McGuire

Diane Kostial McGuire graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with both her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and Master of Science in Landscape Architecture. Following her studies and building her career as a landscape architect McGuire became Principal at McGuire and Watson, a New England-based consulting firm for landscape architects and site planners. She is recognized for her keen aesthetic sense, design philosophy, knowledge as a landscape historian, and command of construction materials. Given her multiple roles as a scholar, teacher, she is a leader and model for all women pursuing landscape architecture. In 1965 she founded Radcliffe Seminars Landscape Design Program at Radcliffe College where she served as Director for five years. The program encouraged women to become career-oriented professionals. She has also served as an Advisor to the Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks and published a few books including: "Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes: Her Gardens and Campuses," "Beatrix Farrand's Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks," "Beatrix Jones Farrand, 1872-1959: Fifty Years of American Landscape Architecture," and "Gardens of America: Three Centuries of Design." McGuire currently serves on the Board of the Beatrix Farrand Society.


Eric Owen Moss, FAIA (M.Arch., 1968)
Principal and Lead Designer, Eric Owen Moss Architects

Eric Owen Moss

Eric Moss graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1968 with a Master of Architecture. He is currently the Principal and Lead Design at Eric Owen Moss Architects. His awards and achievements include: Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999; AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001; 2007 he received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize; 2006 AIA/LA Educator of the Year; and Jencks Award by RIBA in 2011. Moss is also active in academia as a lecturer at major universities in the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Applied Arts in Vienna, the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, and Southern California Institute of Architecture where he serves as director and professor.


Peter Walker, FASLA (B.S. Landscape Architecture, 1955)
Partner, PWP Landscape Architecture

Peter Walker

With a career spanning five decades, Peter Walker continues to have a profound international influence on the field of environmental design. He is the founder of PWP Landscape Architecture (formerly known as Peter Walker and Partners), a Berkeley-based landscape architecture firm with a commitment to dynamic and sustainable solutions for constructed systems and environments. Over the years, PWPLA has created numerous prize-winning and iconic designs, ranging from small gardens to complete master plans. Walker served as co-designer with Michael Arad to the National September 11th Memorial, unveiled this past September. Before founding PWPLA, Walker co-founded the firm Sasaki, Walker, and Associates (est. 1957). His career also includes a significant role as an educator, serving as acting director of the urban design program and chairman of the landscape architecture department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as head of the landscape architecture department at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. He has also served as advisor and consultant on numerous projects, including the Redevelopment Agency of San Francisco and the American Academy in Rome. Over many years, PWP has explored the issue of horizontality in a number of projects. We see horizontality as a metaphor for the earth, an abstraction of the way we perceive the landscape. Many of these projects — some light-hearted and experimental, others more serious — led to conceptual insights that informed the design at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City, which Walker will discuss in his lecture.


Mai K. Arbegast (M.L.A., 1953)


Arbegast graduated from Oberlin College in 1945, and earned an M.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University in 1949 as well as a M.S. in Landscape Architecture from Berkeley in 1953.She taught both full and part time at Berkeley in the Department of Landscape Architecture from 1953 to 1967. During that time she maintained a part time professional practice. In 1967, she gave up teaching and began a full time professional practice that continued through 2003. Arbegast was involved in the design of large scale residential gardens/estates, wineries, in addition to commercial, educational and public projects. In addition to her professional practice, Arbegast has been a member and trustee of many boards and foundations. Arbegast played a key role in the gift of the Blake Garden to the UC Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture and the transfer of Filoli Gardens to the National Trust. She was largely responsible for the donation of the Beatrix Farrand Collection and Gertrude Jekyll Collection as well as the Farrand scholarship and fellowship funds to the UC Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture.


Carol J. Galante (M.C.P., 1978)
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Carol Galante

Carol Galante graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley with a Master of City Planning in 1978. Following her studies, she served as the Executive of Eden Housing, Inc. After working at Eden Housing, Galante served as President and Chief Executive of the non-profit developer of mixed-income and mixed-use developments BRIDGE Housing Corporation. At BRIDGE Housing Corporation, she oversaw the hybrid organization blending of the business practices and entrepreneurial ideas in creating affordable homes and apartments. Galante has work on projects related to real estate development, city planning, community economic development, and ownership and management throughout various California cities including Santa Barbara, Philadelphia, and Richmond. Her numerous awards and achievements include: Multifamily/Developer Magazine- Executive of the Year in 2008, Builder Magazine-Top Most Influential People in Homebuilding in 2006, and California Housing Consortium- Leadership Award and Hall of Fame. In March of 2009 President Barack Obama appointed Galante as Assistant Secretary for Housing-FHA Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As Assistant Secretary, she oversaw the largest expansion of the Multifamily portfolio and administration of the FHA insurance portfolio. She has also been a leader of key initiatives including: Choice Neighborhoods, the Rental Assistance Demonstration, and other interagency alignment efforts.


Gyongy S. Laky (B.A. Design, 1970; M.A. Design 1971)

Gyongy Laky was born in Budapest, Hungary and emigrated to the United States as a child. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees (M.A. Design) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and 1971 respectively. Upon completing her graduate degree Laky participated in the UC Professional Studies Program in India. Soon after she founded Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts in Berkeley which offers accredited undergraduate and graduate programs. Laky's work on words symbols, vessels, textiles, site installations, and others are widely recognized and praised. Her work has been on display at various exhibitions around the world: United States, France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Hungary, Lithuania, Colombia, the Philippines, China, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, and England. Her numerous awards and achievements include: recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, one of the first textile artists to be commissioned by the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program, and the inclusion of her work in many permanent collections (SFMOMA, The Smithsonian's Renwick Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and others).


Rodolfo Machado (M. Arch., 1971)
Jorge Silvetti (M. Arch., 1969)
Co-founders and Principals, Machado and Silvetti Associates

Rodolfo Machado

Rodolfo Machado

Jorge Silvetti

Jorge Silvetti

Although Machado and Silvetti Associates was not incorporated until 1985, co-founders and principals Jorge Silvetti and Rodolfo Machado have been in association since 1974. Working together on a variety of diverse projects, the unifying theme in Machado and Silvetti’s work is not a signature aesthetic, but a commitment to expressing the unique and important aspects of each individual project, integrating these characteristics harmoniously with the client’s aspirations and into the environment as a whole. The firm has developed special expertise in art museums, educational institutions, and urban design and planning worldwide. Some of the firm’s notable projects include the Getty Villa in Southern California, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine, the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and One Western Avenue at Harvard University.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, both Jorge Silvetti and Rodolfo Machado studied architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design before becoming associates, and later partners. In addition to producing award-winning work, Machado and Silvetti remain committed to educating future generations of architects, teaching at numerous institutions including Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Rice University, and Carnegie Mellon University. With the objective of expanding projects in Argentina and the rest of Latin America, Machado and Silvetti established an office in Buenos Aires in 2008.


Shlomo Aronson (B.Larch., 1964)
Partner, Shlomo Aronson Architects

Shlomo Aronson

Shlomo Aronson was born in Haifa, Israel. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964 and Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1966. His earlier membership include:  The Architects' Collaborative in Cambridge, Massachusetts and The Greater London Council in 1966-67; Architecture Department from 1966-67; Jerusalem City Engineer's Department in 1968; Chairman of the Israel Associates of Landscape Architects from 1991 to 1998. In 1969 Aronson founded the multi-disciplinary firm Shlomo Aronson and Associates. The office includes landscape architects, architects, and urban planners. His work is recognized for its attention to moral and historical issues of place, culture, as well as the cultural and environmental relationships of the region and site. His work incorporates "modern aesthetic into an ancient landscape." His portfolio includes an extensive array of projects under the fields of: Landscape Planning (master plan for the Yatir Forst, Beit Govrin National park), Archaeological Parks (Kidron Valley - Yad Avshalom, Caesarea), National and Regional Planning (Negev tourist development plan, master plan for the Judean Hills region), Urban Planning (Lavon, Beit Shemesh), Architecture (Nes Harim, Talpiot), Historical Preservation (Abu Gosh, Shaar Hagai Inn), Landscape Architecture (Central Plaza of Tel Aviv University, Malha Park, Trotner Park), Transportation and Engineering (Ben Shemen interchange, Central Garden at Ben-Gurion International Airport). Aronson's numerous awards and achievements include: 1990 Gold Medal and Best Design Award, Osaka Expo, 1996 Represented Israel in the International Biennale in Venice, for Shaar Hagai Interchange, Nazareth, 2000 Jerusalem Prize for Architecture, 2005 General Design Award of Honor, American Society of Landscape Architects, for Ben Gurion International Airport, Lod, Israel, and 2011 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture [Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris & Fondation LOCUS]. Aronson now lives and works in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.


Frances C. Butler (M.A. Design, 1966)

Frances Butler

Frances Butler is a book artist, calligrapher, designer, mosaicist, printmaker, sculptor, and textile artist. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966 with a Master of Arts in Design and Stanford University. Following her undergraduate and graduate studies Butler educated herself as a book designer and a calligrapher. Butler joined the Faculty at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design as a Professor in the Environmental Design department and the University of California, Davis's Department of Design. For her numerous works using various media such as books and manuscripts, drawings and prints, sculptures, textiles and clothing Butler earned many awards and achievements. She received National Endowment for the Arts grants and won commissions for public art projects. Butler also became a visting artist at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastrict. Additionally, her work has been collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Stedeliijk Museum, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. According to Butler her main creative impulse is the "exploration of the margins of commercial production, outside academic institutions or the art world." In 1969 she opened Goodstuffs Handprinted Fabrics, a fabric printing workshop. In 1975 she also co-founded Poltroon Press where she combined books and fabric projects and made a series of garments as "reading environments." She continues to produce books, posters, and ephemera at Poltroon while also working on public art sculptural projects for hospitals and colleges.


Orlando Diaz-Azcuy (M.L.A., 1968)
Founder, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy was born in Cuba. He continued his studies in the United States where he received a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture both from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1976 to 1987 Diaz-Azcuy worked as a design principal for Gensler and Associates Architects where he made a reputation for his work on landmark projects that include the interiors for the Levis Strauss Company headquarters in San Francisco and the United Bank of Denver headquarters in Denver. In 1985, he launched his own, part-time design studio. In 1987 he worked almost completely on Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Designs, Inc. Diaz-Azcuy's firm expanded with a second office in New York City in 2001. He is praised for his work on projects that include: Levin residence, Vainio residence, Lavan-Adams residence, Sir Michael Kadoorie residence, Wester Athletic Club facilities, Folger Levin & Kahn, Morgan Capital Management, Spa and Pool of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, The Peninsula Phuket Hotel, Masa restaurant, and the offices of Horsley Bridge International. On the design front, Diaz-Azcuy has also been active with several collections for: McGuire Furniture Co., HBF, Stow Davis, and many others.


William A. Doebele (M.C.P., 1956)

William A. Doebele

William A. Doebele graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1956 with a Master of City Planning degree. After his studies Doebele worked on the Guayana Region Project in Venezuela and co-created the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia's School of Regional and City Planning department during his sabbatical in 1959. His work in Indonesia also includes consulting services for various city and state planning boards in the South Sumatra region. In 1964 Doebele was promoted from associate professor to a fulltime professor of the City and Regional Planning department at Harvard's School of Design. While at Harvard he was recognized for his experience and knowledge on land-use and the problems of underdeveloped areas. The following year Doebele was named Associate Dean for the Development of the Graduate School of Design. As Associate Dean he helped craft the structure of the John and Frances Loeb Fellowship. Doebele was the Curator of the Fellowship from 1970 to 1997.


Hans Hollein (M.Arch., 1960)

Hans Hollein

Hans Hollein is an architect, theoretician, urban planner, designer, artist, and teacher. Coming from Austria, Hollein studied architecture and urban planning at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago and received his Master of Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1958. Upon his return to Vienna he worked in several architecture offices before starting his own business. In 1964, Hollein began his own business as a certified civil engineer, began serving as the editor of the magazine "Bau," and worked for other national and international architectural journals as a correspondent. He was also active in the academic sphere: from 1967 to 1976 he was a professor at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf; he was head of the master class for Industrial Design and of the Institute for Design, from 1976 until 1979; and he was head of a master class for architecture from 1979 until 2002 and head of the Department I Architecture from 1995 until 1999. He has also taught at Washington University, Yale University, University of California at Los Angeles, and Ohio State University. More recently, Hollein co-founded Hans Hollein & Partner ZT-GmbH which is involved in architecture, design, art, exhibitions, and writings.


Paul Sedway (M.C.P., 1960)

Paul Sedway

Paul Sedway received the CED Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001. He was a founding principal of Sedway Cooke Associates, which in the 1980’s was the largest urban planning-only firm in the nation, taught at the Department of City and Regional Planning as Adjunct Professor from 1968-1984, and served as national Vice-President of the American Institute of Planners. He is the author of Land and the Environment: Planning in California Today (1975), the first comprehensive survey of the planning law and processes in California, and co-editor of Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice (2009). He received undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University.


Gyo Obata (Undergraduate Study in Architecture, 1945)
Founder, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum Inc

Gyo Obata

Gyo Obata was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Obata decided to leave the School of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley in order to avoid being sent to an internment camp like most of his family. He continued his studies of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated with his bachelor of architecture degree in 1945.  Thereafter, Obata continue his studies under master Eero Saarinen at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; he received his master's degree in architecture and urban design in 1946. Post-graduation he joined the United States Army. He returned to St. Louis in 1951 and joined the firm of Minoru Yamasaki. In 1955 Obata co-established the St. Louis-based architecture firm Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum (HOK). Obata's work was widely recognized and awarded. Today, the firm employs more than 1800 employees in 23 offices worldwide. He now lives in St. Louis, Missouri and still works in HOK's St. Louis office. He has designed several notable buildings, including the McDonnell Planetarium at the Saint Louis Science Center, and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Among his numerous awards and achievements are: Inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts from the Japanese American National Museum, Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. Louis Arts and Education Council, and Washington University in St. Louis Dean's Medal for the Sam Fox Awards for Distinction.


Will Vinton (B.A. Architecture, 1971)

Will Vinton

At an early age Will Vinton was interested in physics, architecture, and filmmaking. Fascinated by the fluid designs of Spanish cultural architect Antoni Gaudi, Vinton began to work with clay animation while enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1971 he began to build his career in the world of film production as a director, writer, cinematographer, and editor on various projects including GONE FOR A BETTER DEAL. Shortly thereafter Vinton won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film for his work titled CLOSED MONDAY, a clay animated short. He coined and registered as a trademark the term Claymation® which describes the process of creating animation by use of plasticene clay. To further explore Claymation he founded Will Vinton Productions, a creative and innovate character in the animation studios scene. He later produced the critically acclaimed ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN, California Raisin commercials, THE CALIFORNIA RAISIN SHOW, and FESTIVAL OF CLAYMATION. Among his numerous awards and achievements are: Oscar, four additional Academy Award Nominations (THE GREAT COGNITO, THE CREATION, RIP VAN WINKLE, and RETURN TO OZ), numerous Emmys and Emmy nominations for Outstanding Primetime Animated programs, and many Clios and international advertising awards for his work on animated commercials. Till today Vinton continues to work in the fields of computer character animation, Claymation, Stop-motion, and flash animation. He is further focused on "developing, directing, and producing unique character animated productions for film and television." He is currently working on: TV pilots at Fox Broadcasting and MTV, a movie script at ABC, a graphic novel with Dark Horse Comics, and several development projects with various Hollywood based producing partners.


Clare Cooper Marcus (M.C.P., 1965)
Professor Emerita of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley

Clare Cooper Marcus

Clare Cooper Marcus has lectured and consulted in the United States, Canada, Britain, Scandinavia, Australia, and China. Her areas of special interest include medium-density housing, public housing modernization, public open-space design, children’s environments, housing for the elderly, post-occupancy evaluation of designed settings, design guidelines, healing environments, and the psychological meaning of home and garden. She has written four books and has contributed numerous articles to design and academic journals. Honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Award for Exemplary Design Research, a Career Award of the Environmental Design Research Association, and a Guggenheim Award.


Richard Marquis (M.A. Design, 1972)

Richard Marquis

Richard Maquis was born in Arizona. He moved to Berkeley, California in 1963 to begin his studies at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1967 he received the Eisner Prize for Design and President's Undergraduate Fellowship which enabled him to build his own glassblowing studio. Marquis completed his undergraduate degree in 1969 and Master of Architecture degree in 1972. His numerous awards and achievements include: Fulbright Grant, Venice, Italy (1969); National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1974, 78, 81, 90); Fulbright-Hayes Grant (Senior), New Zealand (1982, 1988); Outstanding Achievement in Glass, Urban Glass, New York (2000); Libensky Award, Pilchuck Glass School and Artist Series Meritage, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA (2004); and James Renwick Alliance Masters of the Medium Award, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC (2009). His work has been on display around the world at various solo exhibitions which include: Gallery Morronnier, Kyoto, Japan (1978); Auckland Art Museum, New Zealand (1983); San Francisco State University Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA (1984); Gallery Nakama, Tokyo, Japan (1993); Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy (1998); Galerie Rob Van Den Doel, The Hague, The Netherlands (2000); and Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA (2009).


Robert Royston (B.S. Landscape Architecture, 1940)

Robert Royston

Robert Royston graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. Landscape Architecture degree in 1940. Post-graduation Royston became a full-time employee at the office of Thomas Church. He was given major projects such as the Valencia Gardens Housing Project in the Mission District, the Potrero Hill Housing project, and the large Park Merced Apartment complex. With the outbreak of World War II, Royston joined the United States Navy. During his spare time he would go through design ideas, models of residential gardens, and creating jewelry from scrap materials. Upon his return to the Bar Area he co-founded the firm Eckbo, Royston, and Williams. His early work of residential site planning and garden design is concentrated in Northern California and eventually expanded to include parks, plazas, and planned residential communities. His work is recognized for its non-axial spaces, bold asymmetrical arcs and polygons, and the integration of design form with human use. From his work on planned residential communities he developed the concept of "landscape matrix" which is defined as “the linking of open space as a continuous system throughout the community establishing a strong framework whereby communities are controlled and given form.” For some time Royston was also active in the world of academia as he lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, North Carolina State University, and twenty other colleges and universities across the country. His numerous awards include: Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects; The American Institute of Architects Medal in 1978; and the American Society of Landscape Architects Medal in 1989.


Vernon DeMars (B.A. Architecture, 1931)

Vernon DeMars

Vernon DeMars graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley with an A.B. in Architecture in 1931. While working as a visiting professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) DeMars co-directed a student research project resulted in a 12-story faculty housing project that Architectural Record magazine named as one of the 50 most significant buildings in the United States of the century. During World War II DeMars served as chief of the housing standards of the National Housing Agency during World War II and was actively involved in the design of rural housing, schools, clinics, temporary housing for war workers, dormitories, and community centers for low-income migrant farm workers in the west. His extensive project involvement includes: Easter Hill Village, Golden Gateway Redevelopment Project along San Francisco's Embarcadero, Capitol Towers apartments in Sacramento, his own home in the Berkeley Hills, the 1959 student center complex which surrounded Lower Sproul Plaza with Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Eshleman Hall, Zellerbach Hall, and Cesar E. Chavez Student Center. Notably, DeMars co-designed Wurster Hall, a "Brutalist modern classic" composed of a three-story base with a ten-story tower that is home to the College of Environmental Design. Among DeMars's numerous awards are: Award of Honor for Design Excellence from the Bay Area chapters of the American Institute of Architects (1978); AIA California Council lifetime achievement award for distinguished service in 2003; and upon his retirement in 1975 he was honored with the Berkeley Citation, the campus's top honor.


Melvin Webber (M.C.P., 1952)

Melvin Webber

Melvin Webber graduate from the University of California, Berkeley with a Master of City Planning degree in 1965. Webber's work from the 1960s and 1970s is widely recognized in the field for his theories about cities of the future and the adaptation of telecommunications and mass mobility. In his 1964 paper titled "Urban Place and the Non-Place Urban Realm" Webber introduced the idea of 'community without propinquity.' The term describes "clusters of settlements with the urban realm of its occupants being determined by social links and economic networks in a 'Non-Place Urban Realm.'" In his 1974 article "Permissive Planning" he criticized urban designers for using "the concepts and methods of design from civil engineering and architecture." Additionally, Weber is recognized for his collaboration with Horst Rittel on a seminal paper about defying "ready solution by the straightforward application of scientific rationality." His other works also include: development of public transport, transport planning as a car-based approach to urbanism, and the design for Milton Keynes city in the United Kingdom.


James Melchert (M.A. Decorative Art, 1961)

James Melchert

James Melchert is known for his work with a variety of media including drawing, film, and ceramics. His artistic development began at an early age. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961 with a Master of Arts in Decorative Art from the College of Environmental Design. His process of working with ceramics is unique: first he breaks the piece, draws on it, reassembles the piece, and then paints the altered piece with glaze. Melchert's work has been displayed throughout various museums and galleries across the globe including: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (1970), Gallerie Fignal, Amsterdam  (1978), Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA (1991), European Ceramic Work Centre, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland (2003), and Katzen American University Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (2006). A leader in the growth of the Bay Area's artistic growth, he has been honored with numerous awards and achievements: Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, San Francisco Art Institute (1984), Honorary Doctor of Fine Art Degree, Maryland Institute, College of Art (1993), Citation for Distinguished Service in the Visual Arts, National Association of Schools of Art and Design (1993), Regis Master Series, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1998), and he was a Keynote Speaker at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA (2000). Melchert has also served as Visual Arts Head at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Director of the American Academy in Rome, and Professor of Art Emeritus at the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.


Francis Violich (B.S. Landscape Architecture, 1934)

Francis Violich

Francis Violich was born in San Francisco home near the Golden Gate Park where his early interest in landscape architecture is rooted. He graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1934 with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree. Violich further continued his studies at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied city planning and the development of urban places and social inequity respectively. In 1941 Violich became a faculty member of both the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Planning Department. Under his dual roles as both faculty member and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture (1962-64), he emphasized the use of comprehensive approaches to land use planning and urban design at the local level while also stressing the relationships between social and cultural issues. Violich also led the formation of an interdisciplinary environmental group with strong social concerns named Telsis. Telesis laid the groundwork for the establishment of the Department of City and Regional Planning (he is recognized as cofounder of the department) and later the formation of the College of Environmental Design. In 2001 Telesis was honored with the national historical landmark status by the American Planning Association which praised the group for "bring[ing] multiple fields together successfully in a comprehensive approach to environmental development in a regional context." In 1976 Violich retired from the University after twenty-seven years of service. Despite his retirement he remained active in the field; in 1998 his book "The Bridge to Dalmatia: A Search for the Meaning of Place" was published. Violich enjoyed participatory planning of Berkeley's general plan, downtown, waterfront, restoration of parks, the UC Berkeley campus, San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway replacement, and the redesign of the Ferry Building Plaza.


Richard Haag (B.S. Landscape Architecture, 1950)
Founder, Richard Haag Associates Inc.

Richard Haag

Richard Haag is most famous for his award-winning work including the Gas Works Park in Seattle and the Bloefel Reserve on Brainbridge Island in Washington. Haag studied landscape architecture at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture in 1950. Haag further continued his studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he earned his Master of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture. Following his studies he became a faculty member at the University of Washington where he was successful in founding a Landscape Architecture Department (1964). He also established his own design company Richard Haag Associates, based in Seattle, where he worked on over five hundred designs and planning projects. Haag's other notable work include: Victor Steinbrueck Park in Seattle, Jordan Park in Washington, North Waterfront Park in Berkeley, Washington Pass Overlook & Visiting Center in Washington, and the Okanogan National Forest in Washington. Among his numerous awards and achievements are: the only person ever to receive the ASLA President's Award for Design Excellence twice, publication of "Richard Haag: Bloedel Reserve and Gas Works Park," and recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Japan.



Ray Kappe (B.A. Architecture, 1951)

Ray Kappe

After graduation from UC Berkeley in 1951, Ray Kappe cut his housing teeth working for the San Francisco firm of Anshen + Allen; as a designer of Eichler houses; and with Los Angeles-based architect Carl Maston, with whom he designed apartment buildings. He is the founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Throughout his career, Ray was especially drawn to urban planning and co-founded a collaborative, Kahn Kappe Lotery [Boccato] Architects. He taught design at the University of Southern California and in 1968 founded the architecture department at California Polytechnic State University at Pomona (Cal Poly).


T. J. Kent, Jr. (B.A. Architecture, 1938)

T.J. Kent, Jr.

T.J. Kent, Jr. graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley with an A.B. Arch degree in 1938. Kent was a leader both in the world of academia and politics. Along with William Wurster, Catherine Bauer, and Francis Violich Kent was a force in the foundation of the design and planning group Telesis which sparked public consciousness of urban environments. During the 1950s Kent was elected to the Berkeley City Council Twice. As councilman he worked on integrating city planning and governmental activities together. At the university he founded the Department of City and Regional Planning and chaired the department in 1948-1956 and again from 1960 to 1964. Among his many achievement, Kent is also credited with writing San Francisco's first genuine master plan and its second zoning ordinance which replaced the earlier version dated 1921. In 1964 his textbook "The Urban General Plan" was first published; thereafter the textbook has been reissued several more times.


Lia Cook (M.A. Design, 1973)

Lia Cook

Lia Cook graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 of a Master of Arts in Design in 1973. Following her studies Cook served as Professor of Art at the California College of Arts in Oakland, CA. Cook continues to teach at the college today. Cook's art form combines digital technology and traditional influences in creating pieces on a jacquard loom and other processes. Her work weaves various media such as computer technology, weaving, painting, and photography together to create innovative pieces. Her work has been exhibited at numerous group exhibitions and solo exhibitions including: National Museum of American Art (Renwick Gallery), Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (1980); B.Z. Wagman Gallery in St. Louis, MO (1985); Galerie Philharmonie in Liege, Belgium (1989); The John B. Davis Gallery in Pocatello, ID (1989); National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (1996); Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, OH (2000); and Kaunus, Lithuania (2011). Among her extensive list of awards and achievements are: Excellence award, International Textile Competition in Kyoto, Japan (1989); Master of the Media Fiber, James Renwick Alliance (1995); Flintridge Foundation Fellowship (2000); and Gold Medal Award, Lausanne to Beijing 5th International Fiber Art Biennale Exhibition, Beijing, China (2008).


Garrett Eckbo (B.S. Landscape Architecture, 1935)

Garrett Eckbo

Garrett Eckbo was born in New York. During his formative years Eckbo moved from Illinois, California, and Norway before returning to California for college. He graduated from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture. Following a one-year employment at Armstrong Nurseries Eckbo entered Harvard University's Graduate School of Design through a scholarship competition he won. While at Harvard Eckbo was influenced by Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy and Kasimir Malevich. After graduating from Harvard with his MLA degree in 1938 Eckbo worked for the Farm Security Administration where he worked on designing camps for migrant agricultural workers in the Central Valley. A few years later Eckbo, along with his brother, founded the firm Eckbo, Royston, and Williams which specializes in residential gardens, planned community developments, urban plazas, churches, and college campuses. He also became a partner at Eckbo, Dean, Austin and Williams in 1964 and Garrett Eckbo and Associates and Eckbo Kay Associates in 1979. His works are recognized today for the layering and massing of plants and the overall sense of movement within the piece while maintaining a social, ecological, and cultural approach to his design process.