The College of Environmental Design announces the retirement of former Department of Architecture Chair and Professor Tom J. Buresh. Buresh is retiring at the end of July after 11 years at UC Berkeley and a decades-long career dedicated to Architecture and education.
Buresh joined the College of Environmental Design in 2010 and was Chair of the Architecture Department until 2018. In addition, he served as the Eva Li Chair in Design Ethics from 2011-2015 and was recognized as an Admired Educator by Design Intelligence Magazine in 2015.
“When Tom joined Architecture as department chair, he welcomed new perspectives with a particular emphasis on building our design core. Using his sense of humor and even calmness, he convinced irascible colleagues, supported students, and directed the re-organization of our professional and research degrees. As one of those ornery faculty members, I can't thank Tom enough for the leadership he provided,” said Renee Chow, Chair, Department of Architecture.
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Dean of the College of Environmental Design expressed “Tom’s tenure as Chair marked a distinct focus on design experimentation and rigor at the core of our architecture curriculum, building the foundation for our current trajectory as a design curriculum focused on equity, ecology, and excellence. We are so grateful to Tom for his years of leadership, his wit, and his commitment to the College.”
Previous to his appointment at UC Berkeley, served as Chair of Architecture and Associate Dean at Taubman College, the University of Michigan where he was named the Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor and received the Donna Salzer Award for excellence in teaching, as well as the Faculty Service Award. Over the course of his career, Buresh has held multiple academic positions, including Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), UCLA, Cullinan Chair at Rice University, University of Texas-Austin and the Cass Gilbert Chair at the University of Minnesota. Buresh has been widely recognized in architecture, receiving the John Dinkeloo Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome; the Design Achievement Award from the College of Design at Iowa State University; and named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Architecture at UCLA.
He received a B.A in Architecture from Iowa State University, a Master of Architecture from UCLA. In 1988, he and Danelle Guthrie founded ‘Guthrie + Buresh Architects’. Their built and speculative work has been awarded, published and exhibited internationally.
Please join us in congratulating Tom Buresh on his much deserved retirement and honor him for his dedicated service to CED and UC Berkeley.