University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Berkeley's undergraduate program in Architecture leads to the bachelor of arts (BA) degree. The program combines required courses in environmental design and architecture with opportunities for highly varied individual programs. Through its core courses, the program offers a broad introduction to the field of architecture, and through studies in the various areas it provides opportunities to prepare for specialization in the field in the areas of architectural design and representation; architectural technologies and building performance; and architectural history, society and culture. In addition to offering a sound and well-rounded education, undergraduate studies can also provide pre-professional competency for entry-level employment in architecture, the option for graduate work in architecture, or further studies in a related environmental design field.

Graduates go on to obtain professional degrees in architecture or in other related fields; many others work in architectural practice, construction, government, or industry. Employment opportunities exist also at the community level, particularly in those communities that traditionally have not been served by professional architectural practice. The overall aim of the undergraduate program is to establish a strong foundation for a range of careers and to provide for mobility and flexibility to suit changing individual opportunities.

Course of Study Overview

All undergraduates follow the same path through their junior year. In the first two years, students take a breadth of lower division courses and the introductory environmental design courses. The junior year is architecture-intensive. In the fall semester, students take a design studio and a history and humanities option. In the spring, the required courses include another studio, a course in history, and a technology option.

Program Tracks

During the spring semester of the junior year, students choose either a design research track or a studio track for the senior year.

  • Research Track: The research track option explores a particular theme for both the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. This theme changes each year, and is taught by a group of faculty members on a subject of their shared interest. For the fall semester, students enroll in a project preparation seminar, and for the spring semester, students take a studio—led by the same faculty—in which they develop their research and explorations, culminating in a final project.
  • Studio Track: The studio track option is studio intensive, with more architecture courses required in addition to a design studio each semester. Studio track students enroll in a structures course in the fall, and choose between an energy and environment or construction course in the spring.


The BA degree is a preprofessional degree and provides the foundation for entry to a Master of Architecture program, the most widespread professional degree program in architecture in the United States. The BA degree can also be applied toward licensing requirements in the State of California. See the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for more information on accreditation. See the California Architects Board and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) for more information on licensing.

Admission to the Major

Students must declare one of the CED majors at the time of application to the college; however, current UC Berkeley students may apply to change into CED. Transfer applicants must complete two years worth of lower division coursework to be considered for admission to CED. For information regarding admission to the major for freshman, transfer students, and current students who wish to change majors or colleges, please see the College of Environmental Design (CED) page in this Guide, or the CED website.

Architecture Minor

The Architecture minor introduces students to the conceptual, technical, and design aspects of architecture. A letter grade of C- or higher is required in ENV DES 1 to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Request to Add Minor Form, available on the CED website. When completing the final requirements for the minor, submit the CED Minor Completion Form. Other minors offered by the Department of Architecture are listed below:

Other Minors Offered by the Department of Architecture

Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries (Minor)
History of the Built Environment (Minor)
Social and Cultural Factors in Environmental Design (Minor)
Sustainable Design (Minor)

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements outlined on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the following requirements specific to the major program.

The Architecture major requirements differ by students’ admit year to UC Berkeley. The major requirements listed below are the most recent. In the Berkeley Academic Guide Archive, refer to the year you were admitted to UC Berkeley for your major requirements.

General Guidelines

  1. All lower division courses taken in fulfillment of major requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better.
  2. Courses taken to fulfill lower division major requirements may also be used to fulfill Seven Course Breadth.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.
  4. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for all courses taken at UC Berkeley is required for graduation.
  5. Courses used to fulfill an upper division major requirement may not simultaneously fulfill a breadth requirement. 
  6. Up to two upper division courses taken at another institution, including an approved study abroad program, may be applied to the major requirements below (if transferable and approved in advance).

For information regarding residence and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Lower Division Major Requirements, Freshman and Sophomore Year

ARCH 11AIntroduction to Visual Representation and Drawing4
ARCH 11BIntroduction to Design5
ARCH 98BCBerkeley Connect (recommended)1
MATH 16AAnalytic Geometry and Calculus3
or MATH 1A Calculus
PHYSICS 8AIntroductory Physics4
or PHYSICS 7A Physics for Scientists and Engineers

Upper Division Major Requirements, Junior Year

Architectural Design & Representation:
ARCH 100AFundamentals of Architectural Design6
ARCH 100BFundamentals of Architectural Design6
Architectural History, Culture, & Society:
ARCH 170AAn Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism4
ARCH 170BAn Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism4
ARCH 112The Social Life of Building3-4
or ARCH 130 Introduction to Architectural Design Theory and Criticism
Architectural Technologies & Building Performance:
ARCH 140Energy and Environment 14
or ARCH 160 Introduction to Construction
ARCH 198BCBerkeley Connect1

Both ARCH 140 and ARCH 160 are required for studio track.

Upper Division Requirements, Senior Year

Prior to the course enrollment period early in the spring semester of the junior year, students must select one of the following two tracks for the senior year:  

Senior Year, Research Track 1
ARCH 102ACapstone Project Preparation Seminar3
ARCH 102BArchitecture Capstone Project5
Capstone Elective 1 of 3 (see department for course list)3-4
Capstone Elective 2 of 3 (see department for course list)2-4
Capstone Elective 3 of 3 (see department for course list)3-4
Senior Year, Studio Track 2
ARCH 100CArchitectural Design III5
ARCH 100DArchitectural Design IV5
ARCH 140Energy and Environment (whichever not chosen above) 14
or ARCH 160 Introduction to Construction
ARCH 150Introduction to Structures4

Research Track theme and electives vary each year.


Both ARCH 140 and ARCH 160 are required for studio track.

Note that upper division major courses cannot be used to fulfill multiple requirements. For example, a course cannot be used for both the Architecture Research Track elective and the upper division CED outside major requirement; a separate course must fulfill each requirement.

Minor Requirements

Note: Applications to the Architecture minor are currently on hold. If you are interested in applying to the minor in the future, please contact the Architecture major advisOr.

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. When completing the final requirements for the minor, students must submit the CED Minor Completion Form, available on the CED website.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT).
  2. A letter grade of C- or higher is required in ENV DES 1 to declare the minor. To declare, submit the CED Request to Add Minor Form, available on the CED website.
  3. All courses used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  4. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  5. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  6. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  7. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  8. Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.


Lower Division (3 Courses)
ENV DES 1Introduction to Environmental Design (A letter grade of C- or higher is required to declare the minor.)3
ARCH 11AIntroduction to Visual Representation and Drawing (formerly ENV DES 11A)4
ARCH 11BIntroduction to Design (formerly ENV DES 11B)5
Upper Division (5 Courses)
ARCH 100AFundamentals of Architectural Design6
ARCH 170AAn Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism4
or ARCH 170B An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH 112The Social Life of Building3-4
or ARCH 130 Introduction to Architectural Design Theory and Criticism
ARCH 140Energy and Environment4
or ARCH 150 Introduction to Structures
or ARCH 160 Introduction to Construction
One additional upper division Architecture course (must be at least 2 units, taken for a letter grade)

College Requirements

For College Requirements, please refer to the College of Environmental Design.

Plan of Study

Each student’s plan will vary, depending on interests. See your advisor if you are interested in applying for graduate school, studying abroad, attending summer school, pursuing a minor or second major, or anything else.

Note that students must complete a minimum of 12 units per term, with a total of 120 units needed to graduate. 

For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), please see the Major Requirements tab.

Research Track

MATH 16A3Reading & Composition A4-6
Breadth #13-4Breadth #23-4
ARCH 98BC (Recommended)1Breadth #33-4
University Electives 2-3ARCH 98BC (if needed)1
 12-14 15-19
Reading & Composition B4PHYSICS 8A (Breadth #6: PHYS SCI)4
Breadth #43-4Breadth #73-4
Breadth #53-4University Elective, if needed 
 14-16 12-13
ARCH 100A6ARCH 100B6
ARCH 112 or 1303-4ARCH 170B4
ARCH 170A4ARCH 140 or 1604
ARCH 198BC (Recommended for transfer students)1ARCH 198BC (if needed)1
 14-15 15
ARCH 102A3ARCH 102B5
Capstone Elective #1 (choose from list)3-4Capstone Elective #3 (choose from list)3-4
Capstone Elective #2 (choose from list)3-4CED Upper Div Non-Major #22-4
CED Upper Div Non-Major #13-4CED Upper Div Non-Major #33-4
 12-15 13-17
Total Units: 107-124

Studio Track

MATH 16A3Reading & Composition A4-6
Breadth #13-4Breadth #23-4
ARCH 98BC (Recommended)1Breadth #33-4
University Electives2-3ARCH 98BC (If needed)1
 12-14 15-19
Reading & Composition B4PHYSICS 8A (Breadth #6: PHYS SCI)4
Breadth #43-4Breadth #73-4
Breadth #53-4University Elective, if needed0-2
 14-16 12-15
ARCH 100A6ARCH 100B6
ARCH 112 or 1303-4ARCH 170B4
ARCH 170A4ARCH 140 or 1604
ARCH 198BC (Recommended for transfer students)1ARCH 198BC (if needed)1
 14-15 15
ARCH 100C5ARCH 100D5
ARCH 1504ARCH 140 or 1604
CED Upper Div Non-Major #12-4CED Upper Div Non-Major #33-4
CED Upper Div Non-Major #23-4University Elective, if needed2-4
 14-17 14-17
Total Units: 110-128

Students must complete a total of 120 units to graduate. 

Student Learning Goals

Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative (USLI)

The Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative (USLI) is a campuswide initiative to support departments in establishing educational goals and evaluation procedures for all undergraduate programs. As a result of the initiative, faculty and students have a shared understanding of the purpose of the major and what graduating seniors are expected to know or to be able to do at the end of their course of study. The initiative is in keeping with the fundamental principle at Berkeley that the evaluation of student achievement should be locally defined, discipline specific, and faculty-driven.

Department of Architecture Statement of Goals

The Underlying Goals of a Liberal Arts Undergraduate Education

In its recent curriculum discussions, the faculty strongly supports a liberal arts education for undergraduates that teaches students to develop their intellectual capacities: how to research topics independently, how to ask penetrating questions, how to analyze problems, how to construct arguments based on critical thinking, how to make well-founded judgments, how to identify issues of importance for the future. The intent of the department is that all courses are framed with this perspective. In addition to this goal, the department is introducing students to the discipline specific areas of knowledge that are needed by students who apply for graduate school in architecture.

The Discipline-Specific Knowledge of Architecture

The discipline of architecture covers a wide range of discipline-specific subject areas that are integrated in the process of design.

The goal of the undergraduate major is to make students familiar with and curious about engagement in and production of the built environment in historical, critical, technical, and social dimensions. The possibilities open to graduates in the major are broad, and this challenges the department to locate the terrain that is common to various aspects of the discipline as a formulation of the core lower division courses, and then to offer at the upper division a set of “streams” of study, each of which inspires and prepares students to pursue a future endeavor. As these future endeavors cover a wide range of possibilities, there are several ways to view the undergraduate major: as a liberal arts education through the lens of architecture, perhaps leading to another course of study; as preparation for work in the profession with only an undergraduate degree; and as preparation for follow-up study at the graduate level in the discipline of architecture. Acceptance into strong graduate architecture programs requires a high level of proficiency in the core areas of the curriculum. In recent debates on the undergraduate curriculum, the faculty decided that the undergraduate major should continue to provide courses appropriate for students on each of these paths.

The curriculum exposes students to five aspects of architecture and the broader field of environmental design:

  1. The Language of Architecture
    In essence, the language most particular to architecture is a graphic vocabulary that is the currency of exploration in the design studio. The mastery of this language, like the learning of any language, begins with vocabulary and grammar, and then moves on to the construction of meaning. This latter aspect is rigorously pursued in the design studio, and for those planning to go on to graduate study in architecture, a number of these upper level studios offer an increasingly complex set of design challenges.
    In the Language of Architecture, students should learn to:
    • Understand the conventions of plan, section, elevation, and axonometric and their relationship to each other;
    • Understand and become proficient in hand drawings and the use of digital media in the production of these conventions;
    • Understand and become proficient in three or four digital programs that allow a facile exploration of design ideas;
    • Become proficient in the production of design iterations; and
    • Apply critical discussion to design solutions and representation.
  2. The History and Theory of Architecture
    Courses in history and theory are intended to familiarize students with the development of the built environment in both western and eastern traditions, and to introduce recent and current theories of local and global importance. The introductory surveys in architectural history test students to both recognize and classify architectural styles; these courses are complemented by others that focus on the intersection of history and theory, and for which the writing of papers is the primary means of evaluation.
    In the History and Theory of Architecture, students should learn to:
    • Articulate the theoretical concepts within the design studio projects;
    • Understand the major periods and styles in architectural history;
    • Understand the modern period, and its current debates; and
    • Write critical papers comparing and contrasting both buildings and ideas.
  3. The Humanistic Applications of Architecture
    Many students enter this field of study in hopes of improving the conditions of the built environment as it relates to the daily life of individuals and communities. An emphasis in these aspects of the major can lead to graduate work in other disciplines, including environmental studies, law, global development and planning, and anthropology, or to a PhD program in architecture.
    In the Humanistic Applications of Architecture, students should learn to:
    • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the environmental professions;
    • Understand the art and science of interpreting the social context of design;
    • Identify the major issues of environmental design in the national and global setting; and
    • Recognize the value of addressing sustainability at all levels of design.
  4. The Science and Technology of Architecture
    How buildings stand up, how they operate to distribute and control light and air, and the materials and connections with which they are made bring the understanding of the discipline from its paper representations of design and theory into the physical world. A set of core courses introduces students to the fundamentals of these areas, and a set of upper division seminars allows more in-depth explorations of aspects of each, including the testing of structural ideas through design, current attitudes and goals for a sustainable building culture, and construction practices particular to certain materials or cultures. 
    In the Science and Technology of Architecture, student should learn to:
    • Evaluate building performance through modes of calculation;
    • Familiarize themselves with the major groups of construction systems;
    • Integrate these concepts into the design studio; and
    • Familiarize themselves with the major debates in the literature of these areas.
  5. Research Methods
    Students should become proficient in the processes of academic research, learning to:
    • Undertake library and on-line research and follow source threads to both books and periodicals;
    • Construct bibliographies to academic standards;
    • Document various methods of research; and
    • Understand taxonomies of knowledge and organize information.

Major Map

Major Maps help undergraduate students discover academic, co-curricular, and discovery opportunities at UC Berkeley based on intended major or field of interest. Developed by the Division of Undergraduate Education in collaboration with academic departments, these experience maps will help you:

  • Explore your major and gain a better understanding of your field of study

  • Connect with people and programs that inspire and sustain your creativity, drive, curiosity and success

  • Discover opportunities for independent inquiry, enterprise, and creative expression

  • Engage locally and globally to broaden your perspectives and change the world

  • Reflect on your academic career and prepare for life after Berkeley

Use the major map below as a guide to planning your undergraduate journey and designing your own unique Berkeley experience.

View the Architecture Major Map PDF.


The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising provides a wide array of programmatic and individual advising services to prospective and current students as well as to students in other colleges who are pursuing CED minors or taking CED courses. The professional advising team assists students with a range of issues including course selection, academic decision-making, achieving personal and academic goals, and maximizing the Berkeley experience.

Advising Staff

Architecture Major Advisor: Mel Barbers
250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Landscape Architecture Major Advisor: Kristian Dawson
250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Sustainable Environmental Design Major Advisor: Heather Grothjan
250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Urban Studies Major Advisor: Kristian Dawson
250 Bauer Wurster Hall

College Evaluator: Heather Grothjan
250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Undergraduate Advising Director: Omar Ramirez
250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies: Kyle Steinfeld
345 Bauer Wurster Hall

Advising Office

Fall/spring: Monday through Friday, 10 to noon (office opens at 9 a.m.) & 1 to 4 p.m.
Summer: Monday through Friday, 10 to noon  & 1 to 3 p.m.


Office of Undergraduate Advising
College of Environmental Design
250 Bauer Wurster Hall #1800
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1800

CED Career Services

The CED Career Services Center (CSC) offers personalized career counseling, a yearly CED Career Fair, and a wide variety of professional development workshops on topics such as licensure, internships, and applying for graduate school. To schedule an appointment with the Career Counselor or for more information on CED CSC, please click here.

Office of Undergraduate Advising


The College of Environmental Design (CED) Office of Undergraduate Advising:

  • Supports students holistically as they earn their degree,
  • Advocates for just and equitable policies and practices,
  • Connects current and prospective students with resources and opportunities,
  • Fosters a sense of belonging and community.

Advising Values

The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising aspires to the following core values:


We provide support services centered on student self-actualization. We aim to hold a welcoming space in which students are encouraged to explore their minds and their hearts, do their best work, realize their talents and passions, and achieve their goals. We put the student voice and experience first.

Justice & Equity

We actively seek to eradicate all forms of individual and institutionalized discrimination and oppression. We aim to provide students with an equitable experience in complete appreciation of their identities, economic status, and immigration status.

Health & Well-Being

We strive to build and sustain a culture in which our community can thrive in all aspects of life: intellectual, emotional, social, physical, occupational, spiritual and environmental.

Courage & Vulnerability

By learning from our own experiences, educating ourselves on developments in the field, collaborating with our communities, and taking strategic risks, we aim to improve our advising services and the student experience. We are committed to continuous self-reflection, growth, and development.

Academic Opportunities

Berkeley Connect in Architecture

Berkeley Connect in Architecture pairs students with architecture graduate student mentors in a one semester, 1-unit program that includes individual advising, small group discussions, special events and excursions. Through this program, you will become part of a community of like-minded faculty, mentors, and students that will provide a supportive environment in which to exchange and discuss ideas and goals. Berkeley Connect will help you to make the most of your time at the University as you learn more about the major in Architecture. For further information, please see the Berkeley Connect website.

Student Groups and Organizations

The college provides opportunities for students to be involved in student chapters of professional organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIAS), as well as other student groups like the Chican@/Latin@ Architecture Student Association (CASA), Global Architecture Brigades, and more. For information regarding  student groups, please see the Getting Involved page of the CED website.

Study Abroad

The College of Environmental Design (CED) encourages all undergraduates in the college to study abroad. Whether you are interested in fulfilling general education requirements, taking courses related to your major/career, or simply living and studying in a country that is of interest to you, we will work with you to make it happen. For information about Study Abroad programs, please see the Berkeley Study Abroad website.

CED Career Services

At the CED Career Services Center (CSC), we offer personalized career counseling, a yearly CED Career Fair, and a wide variety of professional-development workshops on topics such as licensure, internships, and applying for graduate school. For further information, please see the CED Career Services website.

Prizes and Awards

CED offers a number of annual prizes, awards, scholarships, fellowships, and grants to its currently enrolled students. Some of these prizes and awards are college-wide, and some are geared toward students in specific majors. For general information regarding CED prizes and awards, including application instructions and a deadline calendar, please click here.

CED Events and Exhibits Calendar

CED and Wurster Hall is home to a variety of events, lectures, and exhibitions that welcome professors, professionals, and friends to the college to discuss and celebrate the community and professions. Through events and media CED is constantly creating ways to keep the college connected and up-to-date. To view this calendar, please click here.

CED on Facebook

CED Lecture Series

The Departments of Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning each sponsor lecture series, which offer 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 these lecture series, please see the CED website.



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.
Research Profile

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 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4942

Visit Department Website

Department Chair

Lisa Iwamoto

232A Bauer Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4942

Undergraduate Major Head


Minor Program Faculty Advisor


Architecture Major/Minor Advisor

Mel Barbers

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

College Evaluator

Heather Grothjan (Peng)

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Kyle Steinfeld

345 Bauer Wurster Hall

Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Omar Ramirez

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

CED Career Services

Dinorah Meyer

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