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Male, US, born 1895-10-20, died 1973-09-19

Associated with the firms network

Church, Thomas D. , Landscape Architect; Dean and Dean, Architects; Delano and Aldrich, Architects; Reid, John W., Jr., Architect; Wurster and Bernardi, Architects; Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons (WBE), Architects; Wurster, William W., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, Dean and Dean, Architects, Sacramento, CA.

Draftsman, John W. Reid, Jr., Architect, San Francisco, CA.

Draftsman/Designer, Delano and Aldrich, Architects, New York, NY, c. 1924; Wurster tutored William Adams Delano's son at the architect's Long Island House, c. 1924.

Principal, William W. Wurster, Architect, Berkeley, CA, 1925.

Principal, William W. Wurster, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1926-1942; in 1935, Wurster had an office at 260 California Street, Room #1103. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1935, p. 1747.)

Partner, Wurster and Bernardi, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1945;

Partner, Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1945-1973.


Dean, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), School of Architecture and Planning, Cambridge, MA, 1944-1950.

Dean, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), School of Architecture, Berkeley, CA, 1953-1959.

Dean, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), College of Environmental Design (CED), Berkeley, CA, 1959-1964.

Professional Activities

Judge, American Institute of Designers (AID), Citations of Merit and Honorable Mentions in the categories of Fabrics, Furniture, Floor Coverings, and Wall Coverings, Chicago, IL, 01/03/1947.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), San Francisco Chapter.

Wurster attended the 79th Convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Grand Rapids, MI, 04/29/1947-05/01/1947.

At the 1954 Convention of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.), Wurster delivered an address, along with Eero Saarinen, Jose Luis Sert, Ralph Walker, and Paul Rudolph.

Wurster chaired the Jury of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Competition, reposonsible for selecting Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch. Others on jury included Los Angeles, CA, architect, Richard J. Neutra (1892-1970), VA architect, architectural historian and librarian Fiske Kimball (1888–1955), landscape architect S. Herbert Hare (1888-1960 of the firm Hare and Hare), Saint Louis, MO, architect Louis La Beaume (1873-1961), Saint Louis, MO, architect Charles Nagel, Jr., (1899–1992), and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) architect Roland A. Wank (1898–1970).

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1954. He was awarded Fellowship for design and education. Other inductees in 1954 included Royal Barry Wills, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Marion Sims Wyeth.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), 1964.

Recipient, AIA Firm Award, Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, San Francisco, CA, 1965.

Recipient, AIA Gold Medal, 1969.


The UC Berkeley (UCB) Environmental Design Archives preserves the William W. Wurster and Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons Archives, including drawings and photos by Roger Sturtevant. UCB CED Archives tel: (510) 642-5124 (2006);


B.Arch., University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1919. Coursework, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1943.



Born in Stockton, CA, William Wurster lived here until his matriculation at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). In his first year at UCB, he resided at 2345 College Avenue in Berkeley. (See University of California Register, 1913-1914, [Berkeley: University of California Press, 1914], p, 136.)

Wurster last resided at the Warren and Sadie Gregory House, Greenwood Terrace, Berkeley, Alameda, CA, USA, 94708. He died of Parkinson's Disease, first diagnosed c. 1964.


Wurster married once to Catherine Krause Bauer (1905–1964), a renowned housing and urban planning expert, in 1944.


One daughter, Sarah (Sadie) Wurster, born 1946. She was named in honor of Mrs. Sarah Gregory, (born c. 10/1871 in CA), known as "Sadie." It was for Mrs. Gregory, that Wurster designed the Gregory Farmhouse, which launched his career.

She married photographer Robert Super on 02/03/1973 in Alameda County, CA.

Biographical Notes

SSN: 573-52-2099.

Associated Locations

  • Stockton, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Stockton, CA

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PCAD id: 46

1st Unitarian Church #2, Berkeley, CA1962BerkeleyCA
Aird, Robert, House, San Francisco, CA1938San FranciscoCA
Arian House, Mill Valley, CA1947Mill ValleyCA
Bank of America, World Headquarters Building, 555 California Street, San Francisco, CA1967-1969San FranciscoCA
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) System1964-1967San FranciscoCA
Benner, Frederick C., House, Berkeley, CA1934BerkeleyCA
Berger, Earl C., House, Los Altos, CA1938Los AltosCA
Bernardi, Theodore, House, Sausalito, CA1951SausalitoCA
Boggs, James, House, Atherton, CA1952-1953AthertonCA
Breuner, Robert, House, Orinda, CA1938OrindaCA
Butler, Vincent, House, Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz, CA1934Santa CruzCA
Campbell, Paul, House, Stockton, CA1936-1937StocktonCA
Capitol Towers Apartments, Sacramento, CA1957-1960SacramentoCA
Case Study House #03, Mandeville Canyon, Los Angeles, CA1948-1949Los AngelesCA
City of Mill Valley, Public Library, Main Library #2, Mill Valley, CA1964Mill ValleyCA
Clark, Dearborn, House, Aptos, CA1937AptosCA
Cleghorn, Percy T., House, Stockton, CA1938StocktonCA
Coleman, James V., House, San Francisco, CA1962San FranciscoCA
Converse, E.C., Jr., House, Carmel, CA1933CarmelCA
De Forest, Lockwood, III, and Elizabeth Kellam, House, Santa Barbara, CA1928-1929Santa BarbaraCA
Dinkelspeil, Lloyd, House, Hillsborough, CA1939-1940HillsboroughCA
Doble, Henry, House, San Francisco, CA1939San FranciscoCA
Dondo, Mathurin, House, Richmond, CA1935-1936RichmondCA
Emmons, Donn and Nancy, House, Almonte, Mill Valley, CA1947-1948Mill ValleyCA
Federal Works Agency (FWA), Division of Defense Public Works (DDPW), Defense Housing Project No. Cal-4086, Carquinez Heights, Vallejo, CA1941-1942VallejoCA
Garthwaite, W.B., House, Berkeley, CA1926BerkeleyCA
Ghirardelli, Domenico and Son, Chocolate Company, Factory #3, San Francisco, CA1896-1898San FranciscoCA
Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE), Yerba Buena Pavilion, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, CA1937-1939Yerba Buena IslandCA
Gregory, Sadie, House, Scotts Valley, CA1927Scotts ValleyCA
Gregory, Warren and Sadie, House #1, Greenwood Terrace, Berkeley, CA1904BerkeleyCA
Heard, Bartlett, House, Claremont, Berkeley, CA1936BerkeleyCA
Heller, E.H., House, Lake Tahoe, NV1950Lake TahoeNV
Henderson, Wellington, House, Hillsborough, CA1931-1932HillsboroughCA
Henning House, Hillsborough, CA1937HillsboroughCA
Hollins, Marion, House, Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz, CA1930Santa CruzCA
Jackling, Daniel Cowan, House, Woodside, CA 1925WoodsideCA
Jarvie, Amelia F.G., House, Calistoga, CA1935CalistogaCA
Jensen, Edgar, House, Berkeley, CA1936-1937BerkeleyCA
Kellam, Frederick B, and Edith Bishop, House, Santa Barbara, CA1928-1929Santa BarbaraCA
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Lamberson House, Claremont Hills, Berkeley, CA 1941BerkeleyCA
Los Angeles Opera House Project, Los Angeles, CA1948Los AngelesCA
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McIntosh, Frank, House, Los Altos, CA1936Los AltosCA
McKenzie, Alister, House, Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz, CA1932Santa CruzCA
Mendenhall House, Palo Alto, CA1937Palo AltoCA
Miller, Diantha, House, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA1934-1935Carmel-by-the-SeaCA
Monterey Peninsula Junior College, Theatre, Monterey, CA1968-1970MontereyCA
Myers, Helen, House, San Francisco, CA1951San FranciscoCA
Nowell, Nelson T., and Marguerite, House, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA1946-1947Carmel-by-the-SeaCA
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Partridge, Gryffyd, House, Mill Valley, CA1947-1948Mill ValleyCA
Pope, George A., Jr., House, Hillsborough, CA1936HillsboroughCA
Pope, George A., Jr., Ranch House, Madera, CA1958
Pope, Saxton Temple, House #1, Hillsborough, CA1933HillsboroughCA
Pope, Saxton Temple, House #2, Orinda, CA1940OrindaCA
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Raas House, Palo Alto, CA1939Palo AltoCA
Reynolds, A.G. and Maud Clark, House, Gilroy, CA1940GilroyCA
Richmond-Chase Office Building, San Jose, CA1946San JoseCA
Ritter House, Atherton, CA1957AthertonCA
San Francisco Civic Center, Brooks Exhibit Hall, San Francisco, CA1956-1958San FranciscoCA
San Francisco Housing Authority, Valencia Gardens #1, San Francisco, CA1942-1943San FranciscoCA
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Golden Gateway Redevelopment Project, San Francisco, CA1960-1966San FranciscoCA
Schuckl and Company, Office Building, Sunnyvale, CA 1942SunnyvaleCA
Schuman, Isadore and Ida, House, Woodside, CA1949WoodsideCA
Shaw, Robert, House, Richmond Shore, Richmond, CA1935RichmondCA
Sherman, Clay and Company, Piano Store, Oakland, CA
Sherman, Clay and Company, Piano Store, San Francisco, WA
Sloss, Leon, Jr., and Eleanor Fleishhacker, House, Woodside, CA1930WoodsideCA
Sperry House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA1953Los AngelesCA
Stanford Medical Plaza, Stanford, CA1959StanfordCA
Stanford University, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA1953-1955StanfordCA
Steep Ravine Cabins, Stinson Beach, CAStinson BeachCA
Sugar Bowl Corporation, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Norden, CA1939NordenCA
Temple Emanu-El #4, North Dallas, Dallas, TX1956-1957DallasTX
Terry House, Claremont Hills, Berkeley, CA 1949BerkeleyCA
Trinity University, One Trinity Place, Master Plan, San Antonio, TX1951-1962San AntonioTX
Turner, Everett D., House, Modesto, CA1941ModestoCA
Turner, John D., House Project, Stockton, CA1946-1947StocktonCA
United Nations (UN) Center Project, San Francisco, CA1945San FranciscoCA
United States Government, Department of State, Consulate Office Building, Hong Kong, China1958Hong Kong
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Stern, Sigmund, Hall, Berkeley, CA1941-1942BerkeleyCA
Wells, Mason, and Hamilton, Frank, House, San Francisco, CA1963San FranciscoCA
Woodside House, Woodside, CA1941-1942WoodsideCA
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