Join us for the 8th annual Soiree
By sponsoring or attending our marquee fundraising event, you’ll partner with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design as we inspire and teach the next generation of designers and planners. Join CED in celebrating distinguished alumni and the College’s achievements at the 8th annual CED Soirée on October 27 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Connect with CED alumni, dedicated supporters, faculty, and students, while enjoying a delightful reception and dinner, short awards presentation, and live jazz music.
This Soirée will highlight UC Berkeley’s 150th anniversary of academic excellence, research innovation, and commitment to social and environmental justice.
A celebration in support of the CED
Saturday, October 27 from 6:30 - 10 p.m.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA 94103
Consider sponsoring this celebratory evening. Read more about the Soiree and sponsorship levels.
Tickets for the 2018 CED Soiree will go on sale in July of 2018. Check back for more details.
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 sdavisarchitecture.com.
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, 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, 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, 1964 B.L.A.
Landscape architect Ron Herman is responsible for designing many of North America's largest and most intricate private gardens. He has 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.
One of the most sought-after landscape architects in the country, Herman has created landscape designs for former 49er Joe Montana and singer Neil Young. He designed the garden for I.M. Pei's East Wing at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for Oracle Corp.'s Northern California Campus.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and served as a graduate research student at Kyoto University from 1966-1968.