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Enrique Larrañaga

Wednesday, November 7, 2012   |   6:30 pm   |   112 Wurster Hall

Enrique Larrañaga, of Larrañaga-Obadía, Arquitectos & Asociados, Caracas, Venezuela, received his architecture degree from Universidad Simón Bolívar in 1977 and his Master of Environmental Design diploma from Yale University in 1983. He taught at Universidad Simón Bolívar for more than 28 years, until his retirement in 2006 as Full Professor of Architectural Design. Larrañaga has an active professional practice with his partner, Vilma Obadía. Their work has been distinguished by awards in national and international competitions, and has been published in many magazines. Larrañaga-Obadía has exhibited their work in collective and/or anthological shows in and out of Venezuela.


Karen McNeill: Hidden Engineer: The Designs of Julia Morgan

Thursday, November 8, 2012   |   6:30 pm   |   Wurster Hall Auditorium, Room 112 (RSVP to Miranda)

Karen McNeill's lecture is presented in conjunction with our current exhibit of the same title. Both the lecture and exhibit are part of Julia Morgan 2012 festivities at the Volkmann Reading Room at the Environmental Design Library (210 Wurster Hall). Julia Morgan was a pioneer throughout her professional life. The first woman to enter and complete an education at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she later designed Hearst Castle, and left more than 700 buildings throughout California and the West. Among other reasons, she is notable for having designed many women-commissioned projects.


Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2012

November 12-13, 2012   |  Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market Street #200, San Francisco

Design Like you Give a Damn

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2012 is the preeminent practitioners' forum on humanitarian design and community development. Hear cutting-edge panel discussions, participate in small-group workshops and be wowed by rapid-fire presentations during Design Open Mic. Note that the student registration fee is $30.


GROUND UP Journal Call for Submissions

Deadline for submissions: January 4, 2012


The CED student-produced journal GROUND UP would like to invite students, faculty, staff, and alumni of CED in our call for submissions. We invite previously unpublished critical articles (2500 word maximum), built or speculative work, graphic responses, mappings, data visualizations, photo essays, anecdotes, manifestos or poetry related to the current prompt. Please email your submission to submissions by midnight, PST on January 4, 2013.


Frames for Living: The Life and Work of William Wilson Wurster

Friday, November 16, 2012   |   2:00 - 3:00 pm   |   7-429, The School of Architecture + Planning, MIT, Massachusetts

Frames for Living

On view in SA+P’s Wolk Gallery from September 5 - December 28, Frames for Living explores the work of William W. Wurster (1895-1973), a pioneer of twentieth century modernist architecture and one of the most influential architectural educators of the twentieth century. A California native, Wurster had a decisive impact on modernist architecture in Northern California, designing restrained and often modest buildings that were harmonious with their site conditions and used regional materials and ways of building. Frames for Living examines some of the innovative houses that are often regarded as his greatest accomplishment as a designer.


The exhibition was curated by Caitlin Lempres Brostrom, AIA, and Richard C. Peters, FAIA, authors of The Houses of William Wurster (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), featuring new and archival footage of thirty-three of the architect's best-known houses and including a foreword by Donlyn Lyndon.

Photo: Caitlin Lempres Brostrom

In the News


Raymond Watson (1926-2012), LA Times, 23 October 2012

Raymond Watson (B.A. Arch '51, M.Arch '53) passed away on October 26, 2012 at the age of 86 in his home in Newport Beach. After graduating from CED Watson joined Irvine Co. as a planner. Irvine Co. As a planner Watson was involved in the efforts of building the town from scratch--one of the largest projects of its kind in the country. His concept for the project was "separate villages that had their own character": interlocking villages with their own schools, parks, greenbelts and shopping plazas, homes, and apartments. Watson was president of the Irvine Co. from 1973 to 1977 and vice chairman of the board from 1986 to 2003.

Photo: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles

Dougherty + Dougherty: CANstruction Award and AIA Orange County Members Choice Award, Dougherty + Dougherty, 30 October 2012

Dougherty + Dougherty Architects participated in the CANstruction in support of the Orange County Food Bank. The firm's 2012 entry "Say Gnome to Hunger" won an Honorable Mention for Gnorman the Gnome standing in a garden with a pot filled with goodies. The firm's La Tijera K-8 School for the Inglewood Unified School District was also recently awarded the AIA Orange County Members Choice Award. Congratulations for the great achievements! The firm is currently working on the construction of the Oakland Unified School District Arroyo Viejo Child Development Center in East Oakland. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2013. The firm has also been involved

Photo: Dougherty + Dougherty

Dougherty + Dougherty

Local Firm News: SESSA + WADLUND, 29 October 2012

SESSA + WADLUND Design Studio, founded by partners Andrea Sessa (M. Arch '99) and Matthew Wadlund (M. Arch '99), was recently awarded a contract for full services for the Playground and Edible Gardens for the Ecole Bilingue (French American School) in Berkeley. The firm is currently in the Schematic Design Phase; it is developing the site into a model of play yard transformation including varied play spaces from ball play to outdoor classrooms, edible gardens, and green space with a focus on weather and seasonal change. Also, the firm is in the Schematic Design phase for 4 single family residences on Foss Creek in Healdsburg.

Gardens of Alcatraz Featured in SiteLines, SiteLines, 24 October 2012

SiteLines, published by the Foundation for Landscape Studies in New York, published several articles by Russell A. Beatty, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, on the Gardens of Alcatraz in its Fall 2012 issue. Beatty was asked by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to write a chapter for a book that the organization hoped would draw attention to the gardens on the island. According to Beatty the Gardens of Alcatraz are special because of its ties to a US history and "recognizing the innate human need for beautification through gardens and gardening; the solace and relief gardeners from the military prison as well as the Federal penitentiary found in their creativity and work in making and tending gardens"

Embarking on Planning at embARC Summer Camp, APA, 19 October 2012

This summer, embARC (an intensive three-week program that gives high school students the opportunity to study architecture, urban design, and sustainable city planning through a series of lectures, field trips, and two studios) students worked on the design of a new bus stop and transit center plaza at 20th Street and Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland. Through the program students were given the opportunity to identify the reasons why riders might be deterred from using the current transit system and developed design solutions and place-making strategies to address these problems. embARC will return to Wurster Hall in the summer of 2013 where students will once again tackle complex policy and design solutions.

Larkin Brogan (1987-2012), Daily Californian, 10 October 2012

Larkin Kathleen Brogan, a graduate student of Architecture, passed away in Berkeley on October 20, 2012. Brogan graduated from Princeton University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Thereafter she worked at an architecture firm that was involved in the construction of Memorial Stadium and a construction firm in Hawaii. In 2012, she was in her second year of pursuing a master's degree from CED. Tom Buresh, professor and chair of the architecture department, said that Brogan was part of a tight-knit cohort of 30 students within the college and “was loved deeply and will be greatly missed.”

Thomas A. Brown (1941-2012), CGLHS, 08 October 2012

Thomas A. Brown ASLA (MLA '69) passed away on October 8, 2012. In 974 Thomas's started his own firm in Petaluma. The firm specialized in historic landscape restoration and research with projects including Monterey's Presidio Chapel, the Pardee House and the Camron-Stanford House in Oakland, the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramanto, and the Johnson House in Half Moon Bay. He was also a lecturer in the UC Berkeley Extension Landscape Architecture Program and Bay Area community colleges. Thomas was a founding member and immediate past president of the California Garden and Landscape History Society. Two memorial services will be held in November: November 4, 2012 at 4:00pm at the United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive, Petaluma, Calif. and on November 15, 2012 at 4:00pm at the Berkeley Botanical Garden, University of California at Berkeley (in the Mirov/Ornduff Rooms), 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.

Thomas A. Brown

ARCHITECT 50, Architect, 21 September 2012

Architect Magazine ranked Mark Cavagnero Associates 19th on THE ARCHITECT 50, an annual ranking of the powerful, philanthropic, talented, and profitable architecture firms in the country. Principal Mark Cavagnero (MArch '83) leads the San Francisco-based firm. The firm's completed projects span a wide range of architectural and master planning projects that include cultural, educational, civic, non-profit, commercial, and residential areas. Congratulations!

Photo: Mark Cavagnero Associates

David Baker + Partners Receive 2012 ULI Global Award for Excellence, Urban Land Institute, 22 June 2012

Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing, designed by San Francisco–based David Baker + Partners (David Baker, MArch '82 and Ian Dunn, BA Arch '91), has just been selected as one of fourteen global winners in the Urban Land Institute’s 2012 ULI Global Awards for Excellence. Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing fills a formerly industrial city block in San Francisco’s Bayview District with an innovative housing mix: 124 affordable urban townhomes to help keep growing families in the city and 116 apartments for seniors placed next door to give the elderly a sense of community. To reflect the neighborhood’s historically African-American population, design details draw on traditional African textiles and symbols. ULI began the Awards for Excellence program in 1979 with the objective of recognizing truly superior development efforts.

Photo: David Baker + Partners

David Baker + Partners


Architecture at Zero 2012 Winners

Architecture at Zero 2012 is a zero net energy design competition that was open to students and professionals from around the globe. This year's challenge was to design a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing or administrative office building for the University of California Merced campus. Entrants were asked to create a diagrammatic district energy place for the Bellevue Gateway development. Congratulations to the alumni who were part of the competition and took home an Honor and Professionals award.

Professor of Architecture Susan Ubbelohde, Brendon Levitt (M. Arch '04), Michael Martinez (M. Arch '07), Nathan Brown (M. Arch '10), Chris Humann (M. Arch '97), Eduardo Pintos (M. Arch '09), Ibone Santiago (M. Arch '09), Susanna Douglas (M. Arch '05). Loisos + Ubbelohde.

VALLEY OASIS Professionals Award
Professor of Architecture Susan Ubbelohde, George Loisos, Eduardo Pintos (M. Arch '09), Ibone Santiago (M. Arch '09), Susie Douglas (M. Arch '05), Nathan Brown (M. Arch '10), Chris Humann (M. Arch '97). Loisos + Ubbelohde.

Siegel & Strain's Nancy Malone Awarded LEED Fellow Designation

The U.S Green Building Council named Nancy Malone (M. Arch '94) a 2012 LEED Fellow. The LEED Fellow program is the green building industry's most prestigious professional designation; it recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals. Nancy is currently Project Principal for the passively heated and cooled, net-zero energy Jess Jackson Sustainable Inery Building at the University of California, Davis and the net-zero energy Yosemite Environmental Education Center in Yosemite National Park.

Nancy Malone
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