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In 1895, at the suggestion of Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck, Phoebe Hearst agreed to sponsor an international architectural competition to select a master plan for the University of California at Berkeley. This important competition attracted worldwide interest. Over one hundred entries were received, and from this group eleven submitted revised entries for judging in San Francisco in the fall of 1899. The grand plan subsequently adopted by the UC Regents was then modified and implemented under the guidance of architect John Galen Howard, forming the core set of buildings for the UC Berkeley campus.

On February 10th, 2000 the symposium Designing the Campus of Tomorrow celebrated the Hearst legacy. Held in conjunction with the exhibition "Roma/Pacifica at the Berkeley Art Museum, the symposiumcreated a forum for architectural historians, campus planners, administrators, faculty, students and others to discuss the importance of the Hearst Plan, and to investigate campus design in post-World War California. This included a panel on the contemporary effort to develop a New Century Plan at Berkeley, and the design challenges of creating a tenth UC campus at Merced.

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Roma/Pacifica: The Phoebe Hearst Competition and the Berkeley Campus, 1869-1930 Exhibition

The University at the Turn of the Century: 1899-1900 Online Exhibition

Symposium Press Release Tidal Wave II: California Faces Another Surge in Enrollment

Organized by the
Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by: The Hearst Foundations, New Century Plan - UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum, Environmental Design Archives - College of Environmental Design, The Institute of Governmental Studies, and The Bancroft Library.

Symposium Committee: John Douglass (CSHE Research Fellow) and Steve Finacom (CSHE Visiting Specialist).

Websource co-edited by John Douglass, Steve Finacom, Sally Thomas, and Joyce Wong. This websource is part of the Thematic Collection of the UC History Digital Archives located at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. This project is in the prototype phase and will soon include a core set of digitized archival resources related to the University.

All images on above website banner courtesy of the Environmental Design Archives, John Galen Howard Collection (1955-4). Upper left: detail from John Galen Howard, Preliminary Study for Sather Gate, 1908; Upper right: detail from John Galen Howard, Preliminary Study for Campanile, 1903; Lower left: detail from John Galen Howard, Aerial Perspective Study, 1922; Lower right: Detail from John Galen Howard, Study for Hearst Memorial Mining Building, 1901-07.

 

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