Male, born 1936-10-04

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Alexander, Charles, Architect

Professional History

Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA, 1963- . Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA, Faculty, The Prince of Wales's Summer Schools in Civil Architecture, 1990–1994, London, UK; Faculty, The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, London, UK.

Alexander delivered the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture in 1992. Trustee, Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, London, England.

Recipient, Gold Medal for Research, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1972; Alexander was awarded the first gold medal in this program. Member, Swedish Royal Academy, Stockholm, Sweden, 1980. Recipient, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Distinguished Professor Award, 1986 and 1987; Recipient, Seaside Prize, 1994; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, 1996; Athena Award, Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU); Recipient, Vincent Scully Prize, National Building Museum, Washington, DC, 11/05/2009; Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Urban Design Group, a private design firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX, 2011.


B.Arch., Cambridge University, Trinity College, Cambridge, England, 1954- . M.S., Mathematics, Cambridge University, Trinity College, Cambridge, England. Ph.D., Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD). Postgraduate study, Computer Science and Transportation Theory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. Postgraduate study, Cognitive Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Top scholarship, Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, 1954.


Born in Vienna, Austria, Alexander spent his childhood in England and migrated to the US in 1958. He established himself in Berkeley, CA, as a faculty member of the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in 1963. He retired from the UCB and returned to live in Arundel, England.

Alexander grew up in England and started his education in sciences. In 1954, he was awarded the top open scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge University in chemistry and physics, and went on to read mathematics. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and a Master's degree in Mathematics. He took his doctorate at Harvard (the first Ph.D. in Architecture ever awarded at Harvard University), and was elected fellow at Harvard. During the same period he worked at MIT in transportation theory and in computer science, and worked at Harvard in cognition and cognitive studies.

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