Architecture

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley has a strong tradition of fostering design and research. The faculty offer rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs and carry out leading research in constructed and speculative environments, architectural technologies, and architectural humanities. The multidisciplinary interests of faculty and graduate students form the basis of exciting new research collaborations with a variety of other disciplines, including anthropology, biology, international studies, engineering, new media, and urban studies.

To create livable environments means balancing complex social, political, economic, and technical requirements with human needs. Students take courses in architectural history, behavioral sciences, resource management, and design theory as well as in the technical, aesthetic, and cultural components of design. The Department prides itself on educating exceptional architects and environmentally responsible citizens.

Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in Architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.  Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • MArch (requires pre-professional degree 120 credits + 48 graduate credits)
  • MArch (requires non-professional degree + 72 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2024

Architecture Lecture Series

The Department of Architecture sponsors a weekly lecture series, which offers students the opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed speakers. These speakers often also participate in classes and seminars as part of their visit to campus. For a schedule of speakers and events in this lecture series, please see the Architecture Department website.

Undergraduate Programs

Architecture: BA, Minor
Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries: Minor
History of the Built Environment: Minor
Social and Cultural Factors in Design: Minor
Sustainable Design: Minor

Graduate Programs

Architecture: MArch, MAAD, MS, PhD

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Courses

Architecture

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

+ Nezar Alsayyad, Professor. Virtual reality, urban history, Architectural history, Middle Eastern Studies, cross-cultural design, cities and cinema, cultural studies of the built environment, environmental design in developing countries, housing and urban development, Islamic architecture and urbanism, traditional dwelling and settlements, urban design and physical planning.
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Mark S. Anderson, Professor. Architecture, building design, BIM, integrated project delivery, building construction, school design, housing design, net zero energy desig, nurban design, building integrated modeling, IPD, design-build, prefabricated, modular, architecture in China, architecture in Japan, urban water.
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William Andrew Atwood, Assistant Professor.

R. Gary Black, Associate Professor. Architecture, finite element modeling, finite element analysis, structure and space, experimental testing, timber connections, teaching structures, integrating structure and architecture.
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Jean-Paul Bourdier, Professor.

Gail S. Brager, Professor. Architecture, comfort and adaptation in buildings, design and performance of offices.
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Dana Buntrock, Professor. Architecture, construction industry, East Asian studies, architectural practice in Japan.
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Tom Buresh, Professor.

Luisa Caldas, Professor.

Christopher L. Calott, Associate Professor.

Greg Castillo, Associate Professor.

Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Associate Professor.

Renee Y. Chow, Professor. Urban design, architectural design.
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Galen Cranz, Professor. Architecture, sociology of space, urban parks, Alexander Technique, chairs, ergonomics, somatics, body conscious design, social research methods for architecture and urban design, ethnography, programming, post occupancy evaluation and assessment, sociology of taste, housing for the elderly.
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Margaret L. Crawford, Professor.

C. Greig Crysler, Associate Professor. Architecture, geopolitics of architectural discourse, globalization and social production of the built environment, architecture and identity.
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Rene Davids, Professor. Architecture and urban design and theory.
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Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor. Architecture, urban design and organization, natural and manmade systems.
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Anthony Dubovsky, Professor.

Harrison Fraker, Professor. Urban design, architecture, environmental design, passive solar, daylighting, sustainable design, sustainable systems, urban design principles, transit oriented neighborhoods.
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Danelle Guthrie-Buresh, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Maria Paz Gutierrez, Associate Professor. Next-generation building systems, self-regulated facades, biologically inspired technologies, multifunctional materials.
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Lisa M. Iwamoto, Professor. Architecture, design, materials research and fabrication.
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+ Raymond Lifchez, Professor. Architecture, patronage of the arts, post revolutionary France.
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Ronald L. Rael, Associate Professor. 3D printed buildings, additive manufacturing, earth architecture, mud, dirt, dust, U.S.-Mexico border wall, arid landscapes, ranching, acequias, alipne deserts, ceramics, rural architecture, ruralism, animation, digital modeling, furry buildings, unnatural materials, rasquachetecture.
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Stefano Schiavon, Assistant Professor. Energy, architecture, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, building energy efficiency, indoor environment quality, productivity, wellbeing, sustainable building design, simulation and verification, personal environmental control system, energy simulation, underfloor air distribution, radiant, post-occupancy evaluation.
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Simon Schleicher, Assistant Professor.

Andrew Shanken, Professor. Memory, visionary architecture, the unbuilt, paper architecture, heritage conservation, architectural representation, urban representation, diagrams, history of professions, historiography, world's fairs, expositions, California architecture, themed environments.
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Kyle Steinfeld, Assistant Professor. Digital design, design computation, data visualization, architectural representation, design methods.
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Jill H. Stoner, Professor. Architecture, architecture as fiction, derivation of spatial words, Jewish ghettos in Italy.
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M. Susan Ubbelohde, Professor. India, architecture, climate and architecture, Le Corbusier, Kahn, Correa, Doshi, culture and practice, daylighting design tools, software evaluation, sky simulator design, low-energy design, California residential industry.
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Lecturers

Marco Cenzatti, Continuing Lecturer.

Roddy Creedon, Continuing Lecturer.

William W. Di Napoli, Continuing Lecturer.

Darell W. Fields, Continuing Lecturer.

Charles Salter, Continuing Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Christopher W. J. Alexander, Professor Emeritus.

Edward A. Arens, Professor Emeritus. Indoor environment, thermal comfort, occupant surveys, building environmental control, ventilation, wind, architectural aerodynamics.
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Richard Bender, Professor Emeritus.

Charles C. Benton, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, thermal comfort, sunlight and shadow patterns, measurement of physical building performance.
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Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Gary R. Brown, Professor Emeritus.

Mary C. Comerio, Professor Emeritus. Disaster recovery, housing impacts in disasters, loss modeling, performance based design.
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Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, landscape architecture, environmental planning, medium-density housing, public housing modernization, public open-space design, children's environments, housing for the elderly.
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+ Sam Davis, Professor Emeritus.

Margaret Or Penny Dhaemers, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, electronic imaging, 2D and 3D.
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William R. Ellis, Professor Emeritus. Sociology, social issues in architecture and urban design.
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Norma D. Evenson, Professor Emeritus.

Richard E. Fernau, Professor Emeritus.

Paul Groth, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, vernacular architecture, urban geography, suburban America, cultural landscape studies, housing (US).
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Sara Ishikawa, Professor Emeritus.

Yehuda E. Kalay, Professor Emeritus. Virtual reality, new media, computer-aided design, design methods, colaborative design.
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Lars G. Lerup, Professor Emeritus.

Donlyn Lyndon, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, structure of place, ethical dimensions of design.
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W. Mike Martin, Professor Emeritus.

+ Richard C. Peters, Professor Emeritus.

Jean Pierre Protzen, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, design, planning, the logics of design, and construction principles of ancient civilizations, pre-columbian South America, architecture and construction, Tiwanaku in Bolivia, Tambo Colorado in Peru.
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Stanley Saitowitz, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, architecture and cooking, urbanism and computers.
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Maryly A. Snow, Professor Emeritus.

Daniel Solomon, Professor Emeritus.

Claude Stoller, Professor Emeritus.

Stephen Tobriner, Professor Emeritus.

+ E. Marc Treib, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, East Asian studies, Japanese architecture and gardens.
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Sim H. Van Der Ryn, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Architecture

232 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4942

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Department Chair

Renee Chow

382D Wurster Hall #1800

Phone: 510-642-4942

rychow@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Lois Koch

232 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-5577

likoch@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

232B Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-664-4441

archgrad@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Major Head

M. Paz Gutierrez

331 Wurster Hall

mpazgut@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Rhommel Canare

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4944

rhommel.canare@berkeley.edu

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

C. Greig Crysler

354 Wurster Hall

crysler@berkeley.edu

Career Counselor

220 Wurster Hall

http://ced.berkeley.edu/ced/students/career

Psychological Counseling Services

220 Wurster Hall

http://ced.berkeley.edu/ced/students/counseling-psychological-services/

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