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2018 CED Soirée

October 27, 2018 ∙ Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Join us for the 8th annual Soirée

The College of Environmental Design’s annual Soirée provides crucial support for the College and our students, and helps maintain CED’s status as a world-class design institution and leader envisioning thriving urban communities of the future. 

This Soirée will highlight UC Berkeley’s 150th anniversary of academic excellence, research innovation, and commitment to social and environmental justice. Join us for a reception, presentation honoring distinguished alumni, seated dinner, and live jazz. 

A celebration in support of CED

Saturday, October 27 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street  | San Francisco, CA 94103

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Individual General Tickets are $175 – $100 of which is a tax deductible donation to CED.  Current Faculty Tickets are $100. Purchase tickets through our registration portal.

For questions about the event, please email or call Victoria Jaschob at (510) 642-7459.

Consider sponsoring this celebratory evening

As a Soirée sponsor, you will provide crucial support for the College and our students, and help CED maintain its status as a world-class design institution and leader in envisioning thriving urban communities of the future. 

Your contribution will help ensure that our students and faculty have the resources they need to create innovative solutions for the critical urban and environmental challenges facing our world, including new technology, financial support for students, facilities improvements, programs, and faculty research.

Read more about the Soiree and sponsorship levels.

Sam Davis

Catherine Bauer Wurster Award 

Sam Davis, 1969 B.Arch

Sam Davis is a lauded UC Berkeley professor emeritus, former interim dean of CED and the School of Social Welfare, committed advocate for equitable housing design, author, and AIA Fellow. 

Professor Davis received the campus Distinguished Teaching Award in 1973 and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects in 1995. He has written three books on housing: The Form of Housing, The Architecture of Affordable Housing, and Designing for the Homeless: Architecture that Works.  

Davis is the founding principal of Sam Davis Architecture, a Berkeley firm with more than 40 years of housing experience  The firm, working with institutions, non-profit developers and service providers has designed housing for a wide range of people many with special needs including families, students, seniors, young people with HIV and AIDS, homeless youth, and homeless adults.  The firm has won many design awards and competitions and their work has been published in the United States, Great Britain, and Japan.

He is a graduate of the schools of architecture at UC Berkeley and Yale and he was elected to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1985.

For more information and a portfolio of projects, visit

2018 Distinguished Alumni

We are proud of our alumni here at the College of Environmental Design, and it is an honor for us to acknowledge a handful of them at the 2018 CED Soiree for their vision and lifetime of achievements. The following alumni have garnered diverse achievements that profoundly impact a variety of disciplines.


Fred Blackwell

Fred Blackwell, 1996 M.C.P.

Fred Blackwell is the CEO of The San Francisco Foundation and a nationally recognized community leader, previously serving a CED Visiting Professor. 

Prior to joining the foundation, he served as Interim City Administrator for the City of Oakland where he previously served as the Assistant City Administrator. He was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development in San Francisco; he served as the Director of the Making Connections Initiative for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the Lower San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland; he was a Multicultural Fellow in Neighborhood and Community Development at The San Francisco Foundation; and he subsequently managed a multi-year comprehensive community initiative for The San Francisco Foundation in West Oakland.

Mr. Blackwell currently serves on the board of the Independent Sector, Northern California Grantmakers, SPUR, the Bridgespan Group, the dean’s advisory council for Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and the community advisory council of the San Francisco Federal Reserve. He previously served on the boards of the California Redevelopment Association, Urban Habitat Program, LeaderSpring, and Leadership Excellence.

He holds a master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Morehouse College.


Dana Cuff

Dana Cuff, 1982 Ph.D. in Architecture

Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and scholar in architecture and urbanism at UCLA where she is also the founding director of cityLAB, a think tank that explores design innovations in the emerging metropolis.

Since receiving her Ph.D. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, Cuff has published and lectured widely about postwar Los Angeles, modern American urbanism, the architectural profession, affordable housing, and spatially embedded computing. Two books have been particularly important: Architecture: the Story of Practice which remains an influential text about the culture of the design profession, and The Provisional City, a study of residential architecture’s role in transforming Los Angeles over the past century.

Her urban and architectural research now span across continents to Sweden, China, Japan, and Mexico. In 2013 and 2016, Cuff received major, multi-year awards from the Mellon Foundation for the Urban Humanities Initiative, bringing design and the humanities together at UCLA.

Ron Herman

Ron Herman, 1964 B.L.A., posthumously honored

We are sad to announce the passing of Ron Herman, a CED alumnus and landscape architect responsible for designing many of North America's largest and most intricate private gardens. We will be honoring his legacy at this year's CED Soiree.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and served as a graduate research student at Kyoto University from 1966-1968. He created more than 400 full-scale garden designs in his career in landscape architecture, including the 25-acre Japanese-style village of Oracle co-founder Lawrence Ellison.