The biennial prize is a unique collaboration between the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and Places.
The biennial prize is a unique collaboration between the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and Places.
DCRP Professors Daniel Rodriguez and Daniel Chatman are members of a research project collecting mobile phone data to compare pre and post COVID household activity patterns amongst varying demographics.
Read Carol Galante's letter to the New York Times. Galante, CED alumna and professor and faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, talks about the importance and benefit of loosening restrictive zoning for the future post-pandemic U.S.
In early May, CED Students from multiple departments claimed first place in the James R. Boyce Housing Studio Challenge. Their project centered on new housing in Sacramento as the competition aimed to bring affordable housing to state-owned land.
We invite you to watch your commencement speech from Professor Walter J. Hood; read a message from Dean Renee Chow; read special essays prepared by your classmates; download the student showcase CIRCUS pdf; and browse through profiles submitted by your pe
Read about the "mind-blowing" model of UC Berkeley and other heartfelt tributes such as the CED Yearbook. The CED Yearbook includes speeches, student essays and CED’s annual CIRCUS showcase of exemplary student work.
Do received first place in Columbia University's third annual Avery Review Essay Prize for her essay, The Language of Efficiency: A Misreading of the Industrial Era. Do is in the final year of CED’s Master of Architecture Program.
CED Alumna, Vivanco died in her home after a year-long battle with cancer. Vivanco's passionate advocacy for the Latin American community led her work as an architect and founding member and principal of A + D Architects.
Ettore Santi and Thomas Oommen, Architecture Ph.D. candidates, were awarded a 2020 Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC).
Donated by CED Professor Emeritus Daniel Solomon (M.Arch 1966), FAIA, and filmmaker, Shirley Sun, the pledge will provide seminars and studios connected with the idea of Social Housing-- designs that embrace and embody their local history and community.
Coinciding with Lifchez’s 50th anniversary of teaching at UC Berkeley, the endowed Professor of Practice in Universal Design will honor Professor Lifchez’ legacy and life’s work by elevating the importance of incorporating accessibility and disability jus
Participants can now engage in CED's Summer Programs from anywhere. Program directors will confirm details of the virtual curricula in the coming weeks. Applications accepted at cedberkeley.slideroom.com. No prior design experience is necessary to apply.
The competition invites students to respond to a real-world housing problem and propose their ideas for addressing social, economic, environmental, design, financial, and construction issues. This year, three CED students were on the Berkeley team.
While all classes on campus have gone virtual, Wurster Hall staff have kept busy working together to help others. Projects have included the production of respirators and face masks as well as delivering food to those in need.
CED Graduate students Tina Piracci and Dylan Arceneaux teamed up with other UC Berkeley students to create "C19 Bayshield", an initiative to 3D print PPE parts.
Do you have a project that could use the help of a talented MRED+D student? Sign your organization up here to connect with CED students or volunteer to be a mentor!
Judith E. Innes, Professor Emerita of City and Regional Planning, died of lymphoma at her home in Davis, CA on Tuesday, April 14. Throughout her time at Berkeley, Innes was a highly-respected teacher, colleague, and mentor.
Join us in remembering the life and legacy of William "Bill" Menking: cofounder of "The Architect's Newspaper", the singular architectural newspaper in the US. Menking graduated from UC Berkeley in 1973.
Congratulations CED Class of 2020! This yearbook is for you — an encapsulation of and tribute to your hard work and accomplishments at CED!
The EDA received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Collections and Reference Resources Grant to organize, preserve, and make accessible materials generated by architect Cathy Simon and urban designer Karen Alschuler of the firm SMWM
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In light of the 150th anniversary honoring the first admittance of women, UC Berkeley and the CED honor Julia Morgan, a prolific architect who worked on over 700 admissions- 100 of which were designed and constructed specifically for women.
Narula, a senior in CED's Sustainable Environmental Design program, recently represented CED at the Forbes Under 30 Scholars Program and as a visiting researcher at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
The College of Environmental Design is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship, Harold Stump Memorial Traveling Fellowship, and Andrew Beckerman Travel Fellowship winner.
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is excited to release the 27th volume of Connections: The EERI Oral History Series, featuring Professor of Architecture Mary Comerio (M.EERI,1988).
UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation has employed Ben Metcalf as their new managing director. Previously, Metcalf served as the director of the California Division of Housing and Group Improvement.
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design Kristina Hill was announced as a presenter for the 2020 ASLA Central States Conference in Omaha that will be taking place April 22-24, 2020. The conference will focus
CED faculty and celebrated landscape architect, Walter Hood will address the Class of 2020 at the College's Commencement Ceremony on May 17, 2020 at 7 PM. Hood is the founder of Hood Design Studio and a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.
Interested in developing the UC Berkeley's sustainability? Apply to Berkeley's Green Initiative Fund to sponsor your green project; applications due by Friday, March 20th, 2020.
DCRP Associate Professor Carolina Reid weighs in on the housing crisis in California. "We are not going to solve the homelessness crisis if what people are expecting is that cities are going to build affordable housing for every one of those individuals."
Take an active role in envisioning the future of environmental design and add design to your portfolio this summer through one of three CED programs. The college offers options for individuals of all talent, experience, and age group.
Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning Marta Gonzalez shares "Urban Computing for Planning Energy Efficient and Healthier Cities" at the NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar, which uses data to classify how humans interact with environment
Michael Mendez (Ph.D City & Regional Planning '15) has published his book about the role Latinx and other communities of color are leading on climate change.
Yifeng Wang (MArch '21) and his team won the "Best in Tools" prize at the MIT Reality Hack. The team developed "TalkAI," which assists speakers to understand and predict the effectiveness of their speech through AI-driven techniques and AR-enabled tools.
Safia Dziri (MArch '21), Megan Stenftenagel (MArch '19), Matt Turlock (MArch '19), & Emiel Cockx (MArch '21) announced as winners of Laka Competition. They propose a project that preserves urban fabrics at risk of flooding while expanding existing spaces.
“The state of California is at the beginning of the process of doing real housing legislation. We’re going to have to get smarter.” Chair and Professor of City & Regional Planning Karen Chapple shares her thoughts on California's housing crisis and ADUs.
On January 29, 2020, Karen Kensek, a graduate of CED's Master's of Architecture and former faculty, was named a "Distinguished Professor" by the ACSA. The honor recognizes individuals who continually inspire and motivate the next generation of architects.
Kriken was an Adjunct Professor of Urban Designer at the CED. Recognized across the Bay and the globe, join us in celebrating the accomplished architect's life and legacy.
Gray Area announces its first large-scale immersive exhibition, The End Of You You can find the work of CED Alums — Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye (M. Arch '18), Brenda (Bz) Zhang (M. Arch '19), and Celeste Martore (B.A. '17) — and other artists Feb 7-Mar 1
Sben Korsh (M.S. Arch '16) released an audio documentary with the Canadian Centre for Architecture that explores landscape architecture, climate change, finance, and the role of designers in the making of the Anthropocene
Associate Professor of the Department of City & Regional Planning Karen Trapenberg Frick talks about the difficulties of building mega-projects in the Bay Area
Alumna Dorothée Imbert recently made headlines as she was named new Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. During her time at the CED, Imbert completed two graduate degrees in landscape architecture and architecture.
ZELLNERandCompany founder and accomplished, veteran architect, Peter Zellner will join CED this semester as he teaches a studio that "will be focused on studying new urban scenarios for the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Campus."
Duhl passed away on December 29, 2019, leaving behind a legacy of ingenuity in whatever he pursued. Furthermore, Duhl left a remarkable impact in the classroom as well as other communities though his work with the World Health Organization.
Ronald Rael, Acting Chair and Professor of Architecture, was awarded a $30,000 Eureka Fellowship by the Fleishhacker Foundation. Given to Bay Area artists, the Fellowship funds the future work of artists by "supporting more uninterrupted creative time."
Professor of Architecture and director of the UC Berkeley Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory, Luisa Caldas' "Augmented Time" exhibit showcases the history, technique and people behind the construction of the BAMPFA building through augmented reality
Susan Hagstrom, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Advising for the CED
On December 12, 2019, Laura Lesniewski, Master's of Architecture alumna, was named AIA Kansas City Architect of the Year. Lesniewski was honored for her contributions to the industry, her environmental stewardship, and her humanitarian efforts.
SED senior, Chadwick Bowlin recently redesigned and constructed the front yard of Berkeley's African American Theme House emphasizing its eco-friendliness through drought-tolerant plants and a drip irrigation system.
Read an interview with Department of Architecture Chair Ronald Rael in ByDESIGN, produced by the Chicano Architectural Student Association. ByDESIGN showcases the academic and professional accomplishments of minorities and women in design professionals.
“HOK has a rich history in California,” said Paul Woolford, design principal and former CED Advisory Council Member, “and we’re all honored to continue the tradition of designing projects that enrich the places where we live and work."
With a deep-seated passion for planning, Atanacio is currently in his final year of this Master's of City & Regional Planning degree. Through the Falik Family Graduate Fellowship, Atanacio has been to pursue his studies without financial burden.
"For an urban ecology project, the need to observe the site during different times of year is a given, and your support eases the financial burden of this research." Carlson will use her 2019 Excellence in Landscape Design Award to support her project.
"Your contributions help to lift the weight of financial feasibility to attend UC Berkeley, allowing us to focus on why we came to Berkeley in the first place – to learn!" Jenna Frowein remarked at the CED Donor Luncheon on November 6, 2019.
MRED+D student Dicko Ba was awarded the 2019 ULI Debra Stein Fellowship. The fellowship supports young women in their pursuit of responsible land use and urban development. We sat down with Dicko to ask her to reflect on her experiences and the industry.
On November 21, 2019, Ray Kappe passed away from pneumonia-related lung failure. Kappe graduated from UC Berkeley’s architecture program with honors in 1951. In 1972, Kappe began establishing the renown Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Yifeng Wang (M. Arch ‘21) and his team, comprised of 3 Haas MBA students — Andrew Min, Johnny Lin, and Rebecca West — won the Ford Future of Mobility Case Competition. The event was held at the University of Michigan Ross Business School from November 7-8
"Hood’s creations don’t look like typical landscapes... They’re infused with diverse meanings and the sense that Hood and his colleagues have pulled all they could from the site—and kept pulling."
Get to know CED alumna and OLIN landscape designer, Alexa Vaughn who has been making recent headlines for her street design termed, “DeafScape”, which helps make streets more accessible for deaf people.
Assistant Professor of LAEP Iryna Dronova has been selected as a part of the international leadership training program, Homeward Bound, departing for Antarctica. The purpose of the program is "to lead and influence decision making as it shapes our planet"
Universal design isn’t just for interiors. Alexa Vaughn, a deaf landscape architect and LAEP alumna, is advocating for universal streets too.
Professor Emerita of City and Regional Planning and Urban Design, Elizabeth “Betty” Deakin, received the 2019 ACSP Distinguished Educator Award presented biennially to those who have made significant contributions to planning research and practice, and ha
Watch "Borderlands": a documentary featuring Ronald Rael who made headlines earlier this year when he installed three pink seesaws at the US-Mexico border.The video shows how commuters, city planners and kids deal with the wall that divides their cities.
UC Berkeley's DCRP Graduate Program has yet again been ranked by Planetizen as the #1 Public Graduate Program for Urban Planners and #2 Overall in the US.
Seven of the eleven Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program recipients were DCRP students. The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awards students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines.
The 2020 Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship is now open to 2020 applicants. Each summer, Fellowships allow the firm to employ students in planning, architecture and/or landscape architecture internships in our New York or San Francisco offices.
On October 31 and November 1, UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff gathered in CED's Wurster Gallery to celebrate their ancestors in honor of Día de los Muertos. Students decorated altars, or ofrendas, which are said to guide spirits to their altars.
"We need more urban housing, beneficial from an environmental point of view, from an economical point of view, " said Dr. Greg Morrow who is the Executive Director of the Real Estate Development and Design Master's Program at UC Berkeley.
Chair and Professor of City & Regional Planning Karen Chapple was recently invited to speak on KQED’s Forum. In this episode of Forum, the group discusses bills that attempt to resolve the California housing crisis through accessory dwelling units.
Three CED Alums — Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye (M.Arch ‘18), Brenda (Bz) Zhang (M. Arch ‘19), and Celeste Martore (B.A. ‘17) — have been chosen from a pool of 200 applicants as the 12 participating artists in the 2019 Experiential Space Research Lab.
Associate Professor Karen Trapenberg Frick won the STEM Partner Award alongside 2 student organizations. The award honors Sheroes and Heroes who give countless amount of time and energy to promoting STEM to youth and young adults in the community.
Nick Sowers (M.Arch ‘10) participated in the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism with his project City of Sound | City of Dust. Sowers’s project was on the five stereo channels of field recordings he made at Burning Man in 2010.
Environmental and social justice have been core pillars for the College since its inception, so I have no doubt as to the relevance we will bring as the Bay Area confronts extraordinary challenges in terms of resilience, equity, and infrastructure.
The Gish prize is considered one of the most prestigious honors for artists in the United States and awards one of the largest gift amounts each year. The announcement comes less than two weeks after Hood received the 2019 MacArthur Genius grant.
This is GROUND UP’s third Student ASLA Honor Award in the Communications category: The journal also won for its second and fifth edition, Issue 02: Grit, in 2013 and Issue 05: Delineations, in 2016.
MLA student Julia Prince receives the MIG/Inclusive Design Award for 2019 funded by the Daniel Iacofano and Susan Goltsman Graduate Support Fund.
The students proposed research projects exploring innovation in landscape architectural design relating to environmental issues like sea urban plant migrations, sea level rise, and Native American understand of landscapes.
Aboubacar Komara (B.A. Arch '18) will receive the Sather Gate Young Volunteer Award for his leadership in the community and for the work he has done in Guinea on October 18, during Reunion and Parents Weekend.
Haas International Award Ceremony and a lecture in Wurster Hall by Grupo de Diseño Urbano founder Schjetnan will be highlights of UC Berkeley Homecoming week.
Informally known as the "genius" award, Hood was recognized for the prestigious, national fellowship for “creating ecologically sustainable urban spaces that resonate with and enrich the lives of current residents while also honoring communal histories.”
Michelle Deng and John Diven, part of the Material Matters design studio, went up against over 400 college students in the 2019 ACSA Built2Last | Resilience Design Challenge. Their task: discover an innovative, durable design application of cement.
Three years after receiving his P.h.D in City & Regional Planning, Fletcher Foti co-established Populus, a platform that is now utilizing data from shared services like carsharing to help urban planners manage and plan for the future of transportation.
The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) has recently approved a grant with LAEP Professor Emerita Linda Jewell as Principle Investigator.
“One of the stories that really struck me was about the kinds of choices that students are facing — Do I spend my few pennies to buy materials to make a model or do I eat?” explained ELS President and CEO Clarence Mamuyac.
Y-PLAN is one of the first winners of the inaugural Bay Area Metro Awards, which honors positive impacts on the Bay Area's mobility, affordability, resilience, and community.
Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emerita in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Center for Health Design. The award celebrates the contributions of an individual over their entire career.
San Francisco Bay Area landscape architect Patricia O’Brien (M.L.A. ‘75) passed away in her sleep on the early morning of April 26. She was a beloved alumna of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and will be sorely missed.
LAEP Professor Walter Hood most recent work includes a new rooftop design, set for completion in fall 2020, for the Oakland Museum of California. Among many features, Hood's plan brings in much needed visibility and appropriate vegetation to the gardens.
Dan Spiegel, CED faculty, and Megumi Aihara sat down for an interview with Archinect about their successful emerging practice, which recently collected an Architectural Record Design Vanguard award.
PAU and Chakrabarti's redesign of the Williamsburg waterfront and Domino Sugar Factory in New York City not only maintains the integrity of the previous landmarks but welcomes a connected, light-filled aesthetic to the area.
Sophie Gonick (Ph.D. City & Regional Planning ‘15) interviewed Teresa Caldeira, Professor of City & Regional planning at UC Berkeley and Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University on strategies of democratic participation in cities.
Bianca Doerschlag (M.Arch ’19) and Brynn McKiernan (MRED+D ’19) teamed up with students from Haas School of Business to win the 30th Annual NAIOP SFBA Cal-Stanford Real Estate Challenge for Second Consecutive Year.
Michael Dear, Professor Emeritus of City & Planning, was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, June 2019.
An overview in the New York Times reflects on the legacy of Sea Ranch and considers the site’s shifting importance in the face of climate change and a changing demographic.
Professor and acting chair of architecture, Ronald Rael, realized his vision, born a decade ago, as three pink teetertotters were installed along the U.S.-Mexico border. The rest is history.
“These rare people see something different when they look at streets, parks and sidewalks...” said Sam Gill from the Knight Foundation. “We hope this recognition accelerates their visionary work...to challenge the way we think about and use public space.”
Accomplished architect and urban planner, Vishaan Chakarabarti spoke at the RTPI Planning Convention in mid-June, noting ”what we do with our cities will either make or break our species” in consideration of how to create future successful cities.
Wolch's talk, "Zoopolis: Past, Present, and Future", was featured at the 2019 AGI as a keynote event and on ABC Radio-Hobart in a preview interview of the conference.
Michael K Chen (B.A. Arch '96) architecture's firm reigned in a plethora of public good awards for their pro-bono children's library commission at the Concourse House in Bronx, NY.
Among many titles, Diane McGuire established herself as an accomplished and dedicated alumni, activist, and landscape architect throughout her lifetime. Her resume includes the restoration of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Platt properties.