December 19, 2011
David Woo, who began his career in 1967 as an architect working on the University of California, Berkeley, Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (originally called the University Art Museum), has chosen to honor his late father, Woo Hon Fai, and to celebrate the now-historic museum structure, with a major gift to the UC Berkeley campus.
Now a successful businessman and director of the Hong Kong-based Woo Hon Fai Holdings, David Woo and his family took part in a campus event today that was held in appreciation of the $15 million gift. UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau has designated $14 million of the contribution toward the museum’s new-building campaign, and $1 million for an endowed faculty chair in the College of Environmental Design that will total $2 million when matched by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as part of the Hewlett Challenge for Faculty Support.
Image of David Woo (left) and UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau (right) by Peg Skorpinski.