University of California, Berkeley


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.

The Department’s evolution has been nourished by social, cultural, and environmental values, reflected in our innovative teaching, scholarly research, critical design inquiry, and synthetic practice. Over fifty years later, our founding principles remain a strong underpinning of our department, while supporting our continual exploration of emerging theory and knowledge in design thinking, innovative materials and technologies, digital design and fabrication, and sustainability. And these fundamental principles and values have never been more relevant. They are precisely what are needed most in our discipline today, and in our world at large, to help us tackle the complex environmental challenges we face in profound and meaningful ways.

Rather than embracing a single conception of architecture, by intention, we welcome and value distinct views that broaden each of our own horizons. We are interested in the entire life cycle of the building process, from conceptualization, through design and representation, craft and construction, and the performance of both constructed and virtual environments. All of this guided to re-vision, to re-imagine, and to re-make the future of our dwelling environments.


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 an 8-year, 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 lecture series that 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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Faculty and Instructors

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


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, Associate Professor. Techniques of representation as historical and conceptual instruments.
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Giovanni Betti, Assistant Professor. Architecture, architectural design, performance-based design, next-generation building systems; self-regulated facades; biologically inspired technologies; multifunctional materials, sustainable built environments, design-based research.
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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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Luisa Caldas, Professor. Virtual and augmented reality for building design and simulation, net zero energy and sustainable design, parametric and generative design systems for sustainable architecture, daylighting, daylighting in buildings, housing solutions for the developing world and refugee camps.
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Christopher L. Calott, Associate Professor. Urban Design, Infill Housing, Mixed-use Infill Development, Urban Landscape Infrastructure, Participatory Design and Community Planning, Affordable and Informal Housing, US-Mexico Border Urbanism, Native American Planning and Development, Latin American Urban Development, International Development .
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Greg Castillo, Professor. Architectural history, design discourses and practices, aesthetic theory, counterculture, modernism, interwar and postwar America and Europe, Cold War, Germany, America.
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Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Professor. Architecture, landscape design, space design, media and its effect upon design through filmic techniques and video investigations.
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Renee Y. Chow, Professor. Urban design, architectural design.
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Margaret L. Crawford, Professor. History of architecture, architecture and urban design, urban history and theory, US built environment studies, urbanism in China.
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C. Greig Crysler, Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, CED. 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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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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Ronald L. Rael, 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, Associate 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, Professor. Biomimetics, structural engineering, architectural design, 3D printing, 3D scanning, digital fabrication, fabrication, composite structures, finite element analysis, parametric design, bio-inspired structures, robotics manufacturing.
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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, Associate Professor. Digital design, design computation, data visualization, architectural representation, design methods.
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Roddy Creedon, Continuing Lecturer.

William W. Di Napoli, Continuing Lecturer.

Darell W. Fields, Continuing Lecturer.

Rudabeh Pakravan, Continuing Lecturer.

Keith Plymale, Continuing Lecturer. Architectural Design, Construction and Material Technology, Earthwork Art as Architecture, Native American Architecture, Concrete Structures, Italian Modernism and Brutalism.
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Charles Salter, Continuing Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Christopher W. J. Alexander, Professor Emeritus.

* Nezar Alsayyad, Professor Emeritus. 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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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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R. Gary Black, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, finite element modeling, finite element analysis, structure and space, experimental testing, timber connections, teaching structures, integrating structure and architecture.
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Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Jean-Paul Bourdier, Professor Emeritus.

Gary R. Brown, Professor Emeritus.

Tom Buresh, Professor Emeritus.
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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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Galen Cranz, Professor Emeritus. 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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* Sam Davis, Professor Emeritus.

Margaret Or Penny Dhaemers, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, electronic imaging, 2D and 3D.
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Anthony Dubovsky, Professor Emeritus.

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.

Harrison Fraker, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, architecture, environmental design, passive solar, daylighting, sustainable design, sustainable systems, urban design principles, transit oriented neighborhoods.
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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.

Raymond Lifchez, Professor Emeritus.

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

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.

Jill H. Stoner, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, architecture as fiction, derivation of spatial words, Jewish ghettos in Italy.
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Stephen Tobriner, Professor Emeritus.

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

Contact Information

Department of Architecture

232 Bauer Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4942

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Department Chair

Lisa Iwamoto

232A Bauer Wurster Hall

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Lois Koch

232D Bauer Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-5577

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Asha Nathaniel

232B Bauer Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-664-4441

Undergraduate Advisor

Mel Barbers

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4943

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Kyle Steinfeld

345 Bauer Wurster Hall

Career Counselor

Dinorah Meyer

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