College of Environmental Design

Landscape Architecture Centennial Book

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)

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Designing the Environment

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.

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Book Details

  • 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

Beatrix Farrand

Beatrix Farrand sitting in her Reef Point Library. Throughout her professional career she divided her time between creative design and landscape design history.

Thomas Church

Thomas Church as a landscape student learning surveying, 1922.


Cover of the 1955 issue of Space, a student publication of the Department of Landscape Architecture, for which distinguished alumnus Peter Walker was editor in chief.

Robert Royston

Distinguished alumnus Robert Royston was a lecturer in the department for a time and often participated in design reviews. Here he is critiquing a student project, c. 1964.

Student Demonstration

Students holding a demonstration against the Vietnam War in the courtyard of Wurster Hall, 1968.

Photos courtesy of the Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.