College of Environmental Design alumna Emily Marthinsen (M.Arch ‘80), AIA, Campus Architect and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Physical and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley will be retiring in January 2018.
Marthinsen’s time at UC Berkeley began at CED where she earned her Masters in Architecture and lectured in the Department of Architecture. Later, mid-career, she returned to campus to work on special projects in CED, then joined the Capital Projects as a Principal Planner to lead surge planning for the campus seismic program. Marthinsen was promoted to Associate Director, then Assistant Vice Chancellor, for Physical and Environmental Planning. Three years ago, adding to her responsibilities as Campus Planner, she was appointed Campus Architect.
Working within the university’s complex ecosystem of programs, buildings, internal priorities, and external relations, Marthinsen envisioned and delivered major, award winning projects that transformed the experience of students, faculty, staff, and our civic communities. Marthinsen has worked on projects large and small — from signage to restroom renovation to facility master plans and to the largest new buildings on campus. Values and principles guide her work, and they are conveyed in the historic sensitivity of renovations for Durant Hall, LeConte Hall, Bancroft Library and the California Memorial Stadium. Her strength as a community builder and her focus on quality of life is evident in the College of Engineering Master Plan, her emphasis on sustainable design, and her work on Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan.
Marthinsen has also worked closely with City of Berkeley colleagues developing partnerships to enhance our shared community and improve town/gown relationships. Marthinsen draws constant inspiration from her collaborations — partnering with student advocates on the Lower Sproul project, participating on the ASUC Student Union Board of Directors, working with community members, and representing the campus in many settings including the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Community Advisory Group and the Downtown Berkeley Association. She has been a board member of the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund since its inception.
Marthinsen has been a strong and thoughtful advocate for campus design excellence, for the public realm, and for understanding the campus physical framework. She is a consummate professional and valued colleague of many and active in the American Institute of Architects, Society of College and University Planners, and the Association of University Architects.
Marthinsen will be continuing her service in a part-time capacity working on special projects and guiding campus design review.