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Berkeley Way Academic Office Building / WRNS Studio

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 325000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Design Your Summer! UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design is Now Accepting Applications

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How do designers think? How do they visually communicate complex ideas? What strategies do they employ to make a positive impact on the built environment? How does design change the way people see and experience the world?

Lower Sproul Redevelopment / Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners

© Alan Karchmer © Bruce Damonte © Alan Karchmer © Bruce Damonte + 43

Berkeley, United States

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation / LMS Architects

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 28

Berkeley, United States

Berkeley Green Skills Centre / Hewitt Studios

© Martin Cleveland  © Martin Cleveland  © Martin Cleveland  © Paul Younger  + 15

  • Architects: Hewitt Studios
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4500.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Urban Ecosystem Design Named Winner of Lion Mountain Park Competition

Berkeley-based TLS Landscape Architecture has won the Lion Mountain Park Design competition in Suzhou, China, corresponding to the Chinese government's new Urban Work Guidelines. The guidelines prioritize ecological and urban development, as well as rejuvenation of local character in public spaces. Lion Mountain Park will be the first large-scale public project to be constructed according to these values, envisioned as the core of a new urban ecosystem complex.

Courtesy of TLS Landscape Architecture Courtesy of TLS Landscape Architecture Courtesy of TLS Landscape Architecture Courtesy of TLS Landscape Architecture + 17

The Best Architecture Schools in the U.S. 2017

With schools around the country starting back up again, it’s time for the latest edition of DesignIntelligence’s yearly rankings of the Top Architecture Schools in the US for both undergraduate and graduate programs. This year, CEOs, managing partners, and human-resource directors from more than 2,000 firms were asked to list the 10 programs from each category they felt best prepared students for success in the profession of architecture.

This information, along with detailed accounts on the best programs that teach skills in design, computer applications, sustainability and construction methods & materials, factored into the creation of the 2017 rankings. In addition, over 2,785 students were polled on the quality of their program and their plans for post-graduation. The two top schools, Cornell for undergraduates and Harvard for graduates, were once again named the best programs to attend, according to the study.

Read on to see the list of the top 10 undergraduate and graduate programs in the US.

Call for Submissions: RM 1005: Timeless

Timeless | Adjective | org. 1550

: staying beautiful or fashionable as time passes
: lasting forever
: having no beginning or end, eternal.
: not affectetd by time
: referring or restricted to no particular time
: untimely, ill-timed
: without time

edX Offers Free, Online Classes in Architecture, Engineering and Urbanism

Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX offers more than 800 free, online courses as well as certificates from top universities around the world, including Harvard, MIT and UC Berkeley. The courses cover everything from literature to poetry, medicine, biology, urban planning, engineering, history and architecture.

Taught mostly in English, the courses have different weekly requirements, and generally require participants to be online at designated times of the day. There are also classes offered in other languages like Chinese, French, Spanish and Portuguese. They also offer certificates that can be purchased at the end of the course, costing between $50-$70.

UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 15

Berkeley, United States
  • Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 83000.0 ft²

The Best US Architecture Schools for 2016 are...

DesignIntelligence has released their 2016 rankings of the Best Architecture Schools in the US for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Nearly 1500 professional practice organizations were surveyed this year, as part of the survey's 16th edition, and were asked the following question: “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which of the following schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?”

This information, along with detailed accounts on the best programs that teach skills in design, communication, sustainability and technology, resulted in the 2016 rankings. The two top schools, Cornell for undergraduates and Harvard for graduates, held their positions as the best programs to attend, according to the study.

Without further ado, the top 10 undergraduate and graduate programs in the US are...

Chu Hall - Solar Energy Research Center / SmithGroup

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte + 26

Berkeley, United States
  • Architects: SmithGroup
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 39000.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

House in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecture

© Peter Lyons © Peter Lyons © Peter Lyons © Peter Lyons + 14

Berkeley, United States
  • Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive to Open in 2016

As construction continues on its new home across from the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is finalizing plans for its first exhibition - Architecture of Life - in this location. The curvilinear structure, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with EHDD as executive architect, fuses old and new, outfitting what was the UC Berkeley printing plant with modern exhibition space, offices, and theaters to make it a focal point in Berkeley's downtown arts district.

More on the $112 million project after the break.

Courtesy of UC Regents. Rendering by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Courtesy of UC Regents. Rendering by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Courtesy of UC Regents. Rendering by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Courtesy of UC Regents. Rendering by Diller Scofidio + Renfro + 10

Phoenix House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

© Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari + 20

Berkeley, United States

Harmon / Baran Studio Architecture

© Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis + 13

Berkeley, United States
  • Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

Berkeley Courtyard House / WA Design

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Berkeley, United States
  • Architects: WA Design Inc
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4880.0 ft²

The Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at the University of California, Berkeley / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley + 22

Berkeley, United States