Richard Bender, Professor Emeritus of Architecture and former Dean of the College of Environmental Design was recently honored with the creation of the Richard Bender Fellowship. The Fellowship, established by an anonymous donor, will be used to support a dual-degree graduate student in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Department of Architecture who focuses on the design of affordable housing in livable communities.
Since the early 1960s, UC Berkeley has built a legacy in the planning and development of affordable housing communities and innovative housing techniques. With the nation and the world casting a more focused eye on affordable housing, the creation of this Fellowship comes at an opportune time.
“I am pleased and flattered by all this — and love the idea of an 'anonymous' donor,” said Professor Bender upon learning about his Fellowship. “It gives me the chance to thank so many students, colleagues and friends who have contributed to and shared my passion for designing and building vibrant urban communities.”
Professor Bender is an architect, civil engineer, and planner with an international practice in urban and community planning. He is a founder and director of BRIDGE Housing Corporation and since 2002 has been part of an international “Swords to Plowshares” program to develop ideas for converting military bases to community uses. Since 1989 he has occupied the “GC-5” Visiting Chair in Urban Planning and Design at the University of Tokyo.