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Draper Architectural History Research Fund

Joan E. Draper earned an A.B. in Architecture (1968), a Master of Architecture (1972), and a Ph.D. in Architecture (1979), all from UC Berkeley. Dr. Draper taught at Montana State University and at the University of Illinois-Chicago before joining the University of Colorado faculty in 1985. Her area of specialty was the history of American architecture and urban planning. She was a founding member of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.

The Joan E. Draper Architectural History Research Endowment Fund was established in 2005 to support the teaching, research, and creative activities of emerging faculty, scholars, and staff in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Recipients of the endowment receive grants for projects or activities that support the conservation of historical records and images in the area of architectural history. These grants are open to non-tenured faculty members, graduate students, and staff whose focus is architectural and urban history. 

Draper Research Fellows


  • Waverly Lowell, Curator, Environmental Design Archives
  • Andrew Shanken, Associate Professor of Architecture, UC Berkeley


  • Richard Wittman, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara (Visiting Fellow)