RESEARCH / COMMUNICATIONS
THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
- “Competition: Berkeley Prize 2022 – Q & A with Benjamin Clavan, Architect.” Edited by Merlin Fulcher. 18 October 2021. View Article
SPACE AND CULTURE (SAGE Publishing)
- “(Re-)Making Space for a New Culture of Art: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong.” May 2019, pp. 189-215. View Abstract
ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION IN ASIA: National Experiences and Practice (Rutledge: Stubbs and Thomson)
- “Repurposing Industrial Spaces for the Contemporary Arts: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong.” A multi-page, illustrated side-bar essay. 2016.
HEALTH FOR ALL: CULTURAL, OPERATIONAL & TECHNOLOGICAL INFLUENCES
Proceedings from the 35th International Union of Architects – Public Health Group (UIA/PHG) + Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) Annual Conference, Dalian, China, May 2015. (Book edited by Romano Del Nord, published by Tesis Inter-University Research Centre, University of Florence, 2016.)
- “Designing for Health: Teaching the Social Art of Architecture.” View Article
5th International Association For Universal Design (IAUD) Conference, Fukushima and Tokyo, Japan, November 2014.
- “Teaching the Social Art of Architecture: The Transformation of the Studio from Object-Centered to Human-Centered Design.” View Article
PLACES, A Journal of Environmental Design
- “The Berkeley Prize: Those Who Make it Work”, Summer, 2006. (co-author)
The Berkeley Prize reviewers and the work of four of these reviewers are described and highlighted.
- “Competing to Learn: The Berkeley Prize and the Social Art of Architecture”, Spring, 2005. (co-author)
The authors discuss the international Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architecture Design Excellence and how it influences the teaching of social and behavioral factors in design.
- Coordinator and Website Editor, the international Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence, 1999-current.
- “Creating Architectural Monuments”, Fall, 2003.
DESIGN BOOK REVIEW
- “Monuments and Main Streets”, Winter, 1985.
A review of Harris Stone’s book on “Modern architecture in relation to art, work, nature, and the machine.”
A&U (Architecture & Urbanism, Japan)
- “Perspectives from an Architectural Travelogue”, July, 1981.
New European and Middle-Eastern architecture and its meanings.
- “Christopher Alexander and The Pattern Language — From Theory to Reality”, December, 1979.
A look at the work and thoughts of one of this generation’s most radical (and conservative) architects.
- “A Pattern Language; The Oregon Experiment”, January, 1978.
A review of two books by Christopher Alexander and the Center for Environmental Structure.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY ARCHITECTS' REVIEW, 1977-80
- “Forays into Fashion.”
A review of two new “high-style” McDonald’s restaurants in San Francisco, and another, a “wood barn” in Berkeley.
- “Selling Architecture.”
A look at the negative effect of the use of marketing by the profession on architecture and architects.
- “The Perils of Post-Modernism.”
A review of a series of lectures on (architectural) Post-Modernism sponsored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
- “A Judgement of the Judgements.” Speculation on the meaning of the annual Bay Area Honors Awards for architecture.
(Member, Editorial Board, 1977-81)
THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN, Berkeley, U.S.A., 1974-76
- “The GTU’s Library: The Wrong Building for the Wrong Site?”
Discussion of plans by architect Louis Kahn for a new library for the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.
- “A Vital Issue in Tuesday’s Election.”
Examination of two propositions concerning development in the West Berkeley Industrial Park.
- “Building at the University: Fortresses and the Future.”
Critique of new architecture on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
- “Allen Temko on Buildings, Writing, and Berkeley.”
Interview with Temko, architectural columnist for the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.
- “Three New Churches: Forms without Spirit.”
Critique of three new religious structures in Berkeley, CA discussed in relation to two other acclaimed local edifices.
- “Alan Jacobs — A Planner Views the City.”
Examination of photographic exhibit at the M.H. deYoung Museum of Jacob’s work. Jacobs was former Director of the Department of City Planning, San Francisco.
- “The Brighter Side of Living in A Box.”
Book review of For Everyone a Garden, by Moshe Safdie.
- “Still Another Concrete Box on Campus.”
Review of plans for new School of Optometry building on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
- “Battle over Berkeley Landmark’s Fate.”
News coverage of preservationists’ fight for Berkeley’s John Muir Primary School, designed by architect James Plachek.
- “Planning the Future of Berkeley.”
The first of two articles dealing with the planning in Berkeley. This article dealt with the background and role of the Berkeley Master Plan Revision Committee.
- “Rebuilding Berkeley’s Neighborhoods.”
The second article in the series, dealing with community-based alternative proposals to those of the Master Plan Revision Committee.
- “Fighting Fire with Architects.”
A whimsical review of the movie, The Towering Inferno, from an architect’s perspective.
- “The Mayor’s Race and Berkeley’s Future.”
Pre-election interviews with the two mayoralty candidates discussing their positions on environmental and building issues.
- “Are These Really Our Best Buildings.”
A review of the Honor Awards Winners of the Bay Area Chapters of the American Institute of Architects.
- “What Does This Horserace Mean?”
Book review of Berkeley Professor Alan Dunde’s La Terra in Piazza: “An (anthropological) Interpretation of the Palio of Siena.”
- “Sounds From the Hillside.”
An architectural and acoustical critique of the new Concord (CA) Pavilion.
- “Two New Banks Built for the Masses.”
An architectural critique of two new Berkeley structures designed for convenience and service.
- “Restoring and Defacing a Beautiful Ceiling.”
A discussion of the restoration of the ornate Doe Library main catalog room ceiling on the Berkeley campus and the installation of new lighting in the room.
- “Are We Driving Toward the Public Good?”
An examination of Berkeley’s controversial traffic Management Plan, one of the first to establish arbitrary traffic diverters, cul-de-sacs, etc.
- “The Architecture of Julia Morgan.”
Review of exhibition of work of Julia Morgan at the Oakland Museum.
- “The Politics of the Board of Adjustments.”
First of three-part series examining the role of this city agency in regulating the quality of life in Berkeley.
- “Searching for Elusive ‘Quality of Life'”
Second in the series, this article examined the political positions of the members of the Board of Adjustments as they related to their activities on the Board.
- “Over in a Little-Known Agency.”
The third article in the series, which dealt with a specific and unsuccessful attempt by a restaurant owner who petitioned the Board of Adjustments to extend his hours to match neighboring businesses.
Teaching and Lectures
School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal, India
- “Architecture to Make People Matter: Lessons from the Berkeley Prize.” National virtual lecture sponsored by Center for Human Centric Research, July 16, 2020.
Savannah College of Architecture and Design (SCAD), Savannah, U.S.A.
- “Focusing on People: A Global Perspective.” Lecture, School of Building Arts Lecture Series, January 12, 2016.
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
- “People-Centered Architecture.” Lecture, General Education program course – Experiencing Architecture: Appreciating Contemporary Architecture, July 2, 2015.
University of Southern California School of Architecture, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
- Occasional Critic, First Year Design reviews
SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), Santa Monica, U.S.A.
- Lecturer, “Humanistic Design.” (Required graduate-level course.) Fall, 1982.
University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Berkeley, U.S.A.
- Teaching Associate, Arch. 162, “Project Financing.” (Real estate development fundamentals for architects.) Spring, 1979.
- Teaching Associate, Arch. 166, “Technical and Graphic Communications.” (Working drawings and specifications.) Fall, 1978.
- Teaching Associate, Arch. 140, “Introduction to Urban Design.” Spring, 1978.
- Teaching Associate, Arch. 142, “Social and Cultural Factors in Architectural and Urban Design.” Winter, 1978
- Teaching Associate, ED2, “Freshman Seminar — Introduction to Environmental Design.” Fall, 1977.
- Teaching Associate and Assistant, ED4, “People and Environment.” 4 Quarters — Fall, 1977; Spring, 1977; Spring, 1976; and Fall, 1975.
Commissioned and Academic Research
Rochlin & Baran Associates Inc, Architects and Planners, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
- Documentation of the effects of new reimbursement policies on hospital facilities construction. Issues of the ROCHLIN & BARAN REPORT, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facilities, Lessons from the Coalinga Earthquake, and Planning for the Future in Hospital Laundries.
Kaplan, Mclaughlin Diaz, Architects/Planners, San Francisco, U.S.A.
- Research and writing for internal distribution and publication, Planning for Intensive Care Centers.
Architectural License Seminars, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
- Preparation of quiz and exam questions for various courses; editing of the Home Study Course in Construction Documents and Services.
- (Major study area — design theory; Minor study areas — journalism and anthropology)“On the Structure of Theory in Architecture as Demonstrated in A Pattern Language.”
Bachelor of Architecture Thesis
- “Solar Energy Primer for Architects.” Study was used in past courses at the University of Virginia; and Penn State University, Ogontz campus.