Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - campuses; built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings; representations - drawings - plans

Designers: Howard, John Galen, Architect (firm); John Galen Howard (architect); Julia H. Morgan (architect)

Dates: constructed 1902

Architect John Galen Howard (1864-1931), an MIT graduate who worked in the offices of H.H. Richardson and Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, re-interpreted French architect Émile Bénard's (1844-1929) grandiose, winning entry in the University of California, Berkeley's (UCB) Hearst Campus Design Competition of 1896. In the absence of Bénard, who declined to come to Berkeley to supervise his plan's completion, Howard, who received fourth place in the Hearst UCB Competition, was convinced to relocate to Berkeley in 1901 to implement Bénard's work. Howard established himself as an able administrator and an excellent designer, and, by 1902, had usurped the absent Frenchman's authority, designing the Berkeley campus along different lines. He became ensconced in Berkeley's intellectual culture quickly, and was invited by UCB President Benjamin Ide Wheeler (1854-1927) to establish the West Coast's first collegiate school of architecture in 1903. Howard's plan was implemented over the course of the first two decades of the 20th century. Architect Julia Morgan (1872-1957) worked in Howard's office at this time, and assisted on the campus plan work. (See Sara Holmes Boutelle, "Julia Morgan," in Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective," [New York, NY: 1977], p. 80.)

PCAD id: 13077