Sami Hassid (1912-2009)
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Hassid held degrees from universities in three countries: a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of London, a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cairo, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University. In 1957 he joined the faculty of the Department of Architecture at the UC Berkeley. Known for his seminal work on design evaluation, Hassid’s main lines of research were in architectural education, design evaluation, housing, and fire and life safety. Hassid practiced architecture in both Egypt and in California; his designs have been praised for their simplicity and elegance, and for economy in the choice and expression of materials.
The Hassid collection is comprised of: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Faculty Papers, and Project Records. The Personal Papers contain an autobiography and materials resulting from his doctoral studies. Professional Papers contain records and writings related to several research projects and publications. Faculty papers document Hassid’s career at UC Berkeley, including research on Fire Safety in Buildings as well as information on Hassid’s groundbreaking work with Berkeley’s Campus Planning Office. The Project Records contain photographs, drawings, and files related to his architectural practice.