Architecture Centennial Book
Design on the Edge:
A Century of Teaching Architecture, 1903–2003
By: Waverly Lowell, Elizabeth Byrne, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell
University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design (2009)
In 2009, after a decade of research, interviews, and editing, UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design published Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture, 1903–2003, a book chronicling the history of the University’s Department of Architecture, announced Jennifer Wolch, dean of the College of Environmental Design.
From its unofficial beginning on a San Francisco ferryboat to its current status as a nationally recognized program, the Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, played a significant role in American architectural education. Faculty and alumni from the UC Berkeley Architecture Department have profoundly influenced architectural thought, practice, design, education, and the built environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. Design on the Edge provides insights into the history and development of the department that included such notables as John Galen Howard, William Wurster, Catherine Bauer Wurster, Erich Mendelsohn, Christopher Alexander, Joseph Esherick, Spiro Kostof, Sim Van der Ryn, Dell Upton, and Marc Treib, as well as more recent rising stars such as Michael Bell and Lisa Iwamoto. From its inception, Berkeley’s architecture program enrolled women and minorities; recently, more than 50% of its graduates have been women. Discover how Berkeley’s Architecture Department became the national model for incorporating social responsibility and environmental sustainability into design and design education.
By assembling a wide array of informal reflections, scholarly essays, and writings from a variety of past and current students, staff, and faculty, Design on the Edge will appeal to a broad audience of people interested in architecture, pedagogy, the creative process, and the built environment of California. Its hundreds of photographs and drawings and readable text will engage and entertain.
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- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, 2009
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 9780981966731
- Product Dimensions: 9-1/4” x 11-1/4”
- Price: $40.00 (tax and shipping included)
- Proceeds support the Environmental Design Archives
Several low resolution images from the book are shown below. For print ready versions of these images, please contact the Environmental Design Archive.
Landscape at Berkeley:
The First 100 Years
Editors: Waverly Lowell, Elizabeth Byrne, Carrie L. McDade
Regents of the University of California and the College of Environmental Design (Fall 2013)
Landscape at Berkeley was published in conjunction with the centennial anniversary celebration of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Through scholarly essays, reminiscences, and illustrations, the monograph represents both commemoration of the Department and a greater understanding of the Berkeley campus. It also endeavors to trace Berkeley’s role in the history of the profession and design education in the United States.
Teaching landscape architecture at UC Berkeley began in 1913 with the appointment of John Gregg as Assistant Professor in Landscape Gardening and Floriculture, and his establishment of a curriculum of professional instruction in the College of Agriculture. It was the fifth such program founded in the United States and offered a four-year B.S. degree that provided both theoretical and practical instruction for practitioners and a less-technical education in design principles and aesthetics.
Over the ensuing century, the teaching of landscape architecture and environmental planning at UC Berkeley has engaged new directions in pedagogy, design, research, and practice, and has established itself as a cutting edge leader in design education emphasizing ecology, natural resources, and social equity. Many important figures — including Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo, Robert Royston, Geraldine Knight Scott, Clare Cooper Marcus, Peter Walker, Tito Patri, Donald Appleyard, Shlomo Aronson, Richard Untermann, Moura Quayle, Michael Trevino, and Walter Hood (truly a short list!) — have been associated with the Berkeley program.
Landscape at Berkeley focuses on the first hundred years of teaching landscape architecture and environmental planning on the UC Berkeley campus and captures an important localized perspective as well as primary source evidence that will enhance broader examinations of the major issues that have shaped the profession and the environments we inhabit and visit. Furthermore, it will contribute to the increasing scholarly interest in and literature on the history of design education, particularly that of landscape architecture and environmental planners. As such, it will appeal to a diverse audience of scholars, students, design professionals, policy makers, and the general public.
The monograph includes a comprehensive narrative history and schematic timeline of key events; scholarly essays exploring the activities of UC Berkeley students and faculty within the broader context of design history, education, research, practice, policy, and leadership; reminiscences of current and former faculty and students; and a color portfolio of student work illustrating curricular goals, program competitions, and the formative work of many individuals who have contributed to the profession locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: Regents of the University of California and the College of Environmental Design, 2013
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0-615-82070-5
- Product Dimensions: 9” x 11”
- Pre-order Price (before January 1, 2014): $35.00
- Publication Price (starting January 1, 2014): $45.00
- Proceeds support the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley
Photos courtesy of the Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.