Distinguished Alumni Award

Alumni 2006


Betty Beaumont

Betty Beaumont (M.A. Design, 1972)

One of the early pioneers of environmental art, Beaumont’s work has helped define this movement as a model of interdisciplinary problem solving. She has produced a body of research-based psycho/bio/social projects that are unique works of visual art. She is internationally recognized for her environmental and conceptual work marked by deep-seated social and ecological concerns, ranging widely from experimental landscape projects, photo-based art, image/text/object works, information art, and interactive combined-media installations. Beaumont founded Art Research Collaboration, Inc., and works and consults with scientists, engineers and scholars as well as municipalities on such global issues as energy, species diversity, health and environmental hazards of toxins, and the elimination of waste.

After receiving her Master’s degree in Design from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley in 1972, she began showing widely in the United States and Europe. She has had over 125 solo and group exhibitions that include the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, P.S. 1, MoMA, The Hudson River Museum, The Queens Museum and The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and in Kyoto. An artist and educator, she has served on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, SUNY, Purchase (where she was awarded the 1989 Professor of the Year Award), Hunter College, New York University, and at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture.

Among the awards and fellowships she has been honored to receive are five National Endowment for the Arts grants, three New York State Council for the Arts grants, two Pollock-Krasner grants, and the German Unwelt Stiftung Award. She has served as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Art & Technology Program at the New York Hall of Science as well as on the Board of Directors of Women Make Movies.


Charles Davis

Charles M. Davis (B.A. Architecture, 1955)

Founding Principal, Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis (EHDD)

As Senior Design Principal and now CEO, Chuck Davis has been a key contributor to EHDD Architecture’s body of work as well as an important developer of the firm’s architectural philosophy. Hired as a designer and draftsman by Joseph Esherick in 1962, Chuck has applied Esherick’s philosophical foundations to the design of major academic, institutional and private projects and has expanded the scope and scale of the firm’s work. Today recognized as an expert in the design of aquariums and libraries, his diverse portfolio includes historic renovation projects, museums, laboratories, residences, and university projects of every description.

Chuck’s approach is quintessentially Californian—inclusive rather than exclusive; inventive and spontaneous, rather than formal and pedantic. His designs are derived from the needs of context, program, and the desires of the client, free from the baggage of an established vocabulary. Each of his projects is unique, an invention born out of a search for the nature of the particular problem. His first aquarium project was the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which resulted in a new methodology in aquarium design based upon a harmonious union of marine science, materials research, visitor experience, aquarium exhibit design, and a deep understanding of aquatic habitats. He is known for academic buildings that are enormously empathetic to their environments, including the Science Library for UC Santa Cruz within a spectacular grove of redwoods and the Doe Library at UC Berkeley, a major addition to the historic main campus library adjacent to the Berkeley Memorial Glade, an important open space in the center of the campus. Other projects include the new campus for City College of San Francisco, Bay Tree Bookstore & Graduate Student Commons at UC Santa Cruz, and the restoration of South Hall and CED’s Wurster Hall at UC Berkeley.

Chuck is an active participant in the AIA’s Regional/Urban Design Assistance Teams process and regularly serves on design award juries. He has published numerous papers, has lectured on a wide variety of subjects, and has taught frequently at UC Berkeley and other universities. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and in 2003, he received the AIA California Council Maybeck Lifetime Achievement Award. It is an honor to recognize Chuck this year as a 2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Environmental Design.


Asa Hanamoto

Asa Hanamoto (B.S. Landscape Architecture, 1950)

Founding Partner, Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey (RHAA)

A graduate of the University of California with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture in 1950, Asa Hanamoto was a Founding Partner at the office of Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey, one of the founding firms in the modern landscape architectural movement.

While at CED, Asa was a student of Robert Royston (B.S. ‘40 and Distinguished Alumnus in 2000). Royston had teamed with fellow landscape architects Garrett Eckbo and Ed Williams to form the Landscape architecture firm Eckbo Royston & Williams. This partnership grew and changed over 34 years to evolve into Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey. With a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years, Asa’s work includes major land and community planning, such as the Willamette River Greenway Study, park and recreational design, as well as campus and public realm oriented projects throughout the United States and abroad.

He is one of the pioneers in the contemporary practice of Landscape Architecture. And at a time when Environmental Impact Reports and other similar reports were not yet invented, Mr. Hanamoto led both the firm and the profession in outstanding and innovative land use studies and environmental assessments.

From 1984 through 1988, Asa was appointed to serve on the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 1984, he was made a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also served on the State of California, Board of Landscape Architects oral examination panel and as a Subject Matter Expert to the Council of Landscape Architectural Licensing.

He has been a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley, the National University of Mexico, the University of Illinois, and Mississippi State University. From 1976 to 1984, he was appointed to the Roster of Visiting Evaluators (ROVE) for schools of Landscape Architecture.

He created and sustained an increasingly complex and varied practice, beginning in the days when there were very few practicing landscape architects. As a founder and partner in the firm of Royston Hanamoto Alley and Abey, Asa's impact on the field of landscape architecture for over four decades is truly inspiring.


Larry Orman

Larry A. Orman (M.C.P., 1976)

Executive Director, GreenInfo Network

Larry Orman received his MCP from the Department of City and Regional Planning in 1976. From there he went to work as Executive Director of a little-known Bay Area open space advocacy organization known as People for Open Space (POS). Co-founded by land use planning pioneer Jack Kent in 1958—the same Jack Kent who also founded DCRP—POS was looking for a way to expand its identity beyond being just another Bay Area environmental group. Over the course of the next 20 years, pushed by Larry Orman’s understanding of information and analysis, by his vision and political saavy, and most of all, by his calm dedication and perseverance, POS and its successor organization, the Greenbelt Alliance, would become the Bay Area premier environmental organization.

Greenbelt Alliance publications went beyond analysis and advocacy to the point of framing the entire development and conservation debate—authoring reports and mapping the precise locations where the Bay Area’s greenbelt was most at risk from unplanned-urban growth. At the time, all of these reports were controversial, but they were also influential. To the degree that sustainable metropolitan development planning is now the norm in California, it is because of these documents, and because of the vision and leadership of Greenbelt Alliance’s Executive Director, Larry Orman.

In 1995, after nearly 20 years at the helm of the Greenbelt Alliance, Larry stepped down to found a new non-profit organization, GreenInfo Network. Having witnessed the power of maps and GIS to empower ordinary citizens as planners and to link the local to the regional, Larry set out to bring that power to wider range of community-based organizations. Beginning with just two staff and occasional volunteers in its first year, today, GreenInfo Network includes ten staff in offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. GreenInfo has undertaken dozens of community and environmental planning projects, including:

  • Identifying priority conservation areas throughout California for the Save the Redwoods League.
  • Identifying critical urban parks and recreation needs for Southern California’s increasingly diverse population.
  • Providing continued technical support to the Bay Area Open Space Council.
  • Working with the Transportation and Land Use Coalition to improve the social and environmental benefits of public investments in roads, transit and other facilities.
  • Providing technical support to the California Resources Agency’s Legacy Project, and to Land Trust of Napa County in the identification of critical natural lands and open space for conservation and acquisition.


Over the years, Larry has been an example and mentor to many of CED’s most distinguished graduates, and he continues in that role today. More than just creating incisive reports and beautiful maps—Larry Orman has demonstrated the power of information in the service of advocacy to protect our unique natural heritage and remake our communities for the better.


Gerald Weisbach

Gerald G. Weisbach (B.A. Architecture, 1954)

Gerald Weisbach has become one of the eminent few whom our professional colleagues have consistently sought out for his expertise, his teachings, his rational advice and judgment, his steadfast values and ethics, and his friendship.

Jerry has had two careers. From 1954 to 1978, he was a practicing architect and professor of architecture at three Universities. From 1978 to today, he has been a practicing lawyer for architects and other related fields.

Jerry graduated from UC Berkeley with his degree in architecture in 1954. After working for Neutra, Soriano and Warnecke, he formed his own firm of Weisbach/Boutmy/Silver and designed notable architecture, including houses and commercial buildings, winning several awards. One of his houses was published in Architectural Record Houses of the Year and for many years a commercial building on Van Der Water Street in San Francisco was listed in Sally Woodbridge’s guide to Bay Area Architecture.

He became a tenured professor of architecture at both UC Berkeley and USC, and was also a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London in the late 60’s. He was a principal of Building Systems Development (BSD) in its heyday from 1968—1972, significantly contributing to BSD’s seminal building systems projects.

After becoming a lawyer in 1978, he worked for DPIC on their loss prevention program—and he has been helping his first profession from a legal perspective ever since. He formed his own law firm, Natkin, Weisbach and Higginbotham, and became the “go to” law firm for architects. He taught law courses at Wurster Hall over a ten year period and still conducts seminars for architects on the law and professional practice. All through these years, he served the public in many organizations including AIA, California Architectural Board of Examiners, NCARB, and publishing numerous articles.

Jerry has lived many lives: as an architect, teacher, lawyer, public servant, friend and advisor to so many—as well as being a father of four, one of whom is a practicing architect today.