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UC Berkeley Campus Research Guide

This is a guide to finding information about the UC Berkeley campus, including individual buildings, features, landscapes, artworks, and plans. Included are selected books, websites, and journal articles about the buildings, architects, plans, and landscapes of campus. Materials listed are in the Environmental Design Library collection, Main (Gardner) stacks, Environmental Design Archives and the Bancroft Library. For additional information contact the reference staff at the Environmental Design Library.

Compiled by Elizabeth Byrne, Susan Koskinen, Deborah Sommer, and David Eifler. Updated by Kyla Wong.
Content Reviewed: August 2012.

Campus History and Planning

The Finding Local Information research guide may be useful as well.



Overall Campus Architecture

The San Francisco Bay Area Architects & Architecture research guide may also be useful.

John Galen Howard

Historic Campus Architecture

Individual Buildings and Structures

Interactive UC Berkeley Map

Four excellent resources to begin research with are:

The following research guides may be useful:

Note: Unless otherwise noted, the following Views of "building name" are photographs located at the UC Archives.

Landscape and Sites


Overall Landscape Architecture

In addition, the California Landscape Architecture research guide may be helpful.

Individual Landscape Sites


Planners and Designers

This is a very selective listing of a few key players.. For more information about people, you can also:

Take a look at the research guides:


Finding Resources (Books, Articles, Images)

Looking for:

Finding Books

Use subject headings, author/organization, or keywords such as these in the library catalogs:

  • [name of building]--Berkeley, Calif.
  • [last name, first name of designer/planner]
  • Architects--California--Berkeley
  • Berkeley, Calif.--Aerial photographs
  • Berkeley, Calif.--Buildings
  • Berkeley, Calif.--Description
  • Berkeley, Calif.--History
  • Campus planning--California
  • College buildings--California
  • Historic buildings--California--Berkeley
  • [name of building] Berkeley, Calif.
  • Sather Tower--Berkeley, Calif
  • Universities and colleges--Buildings
  • University of California, Berkeley--[name of building]
  • University of California, Berkeley--Buildings--Photographs
  • University of California (1868-1952)--Designs and plans
  • University of California, Berkeley--History--[name of building]Berkeley, Calif.
  • University of California, Berkeley--Planning
  • University of California, Berkeley--Aerial photographs

Finding Journal Articles with Indexes & Abstracts

Here are some useful indexes and periodical databases for finding journal articles. Articles are not included in the library catalogs. Search subject and keywords such as those above.

Finding Newspaper Articles

Finding Images

Search the library catalogs under subject, author/organization or keywords: University of California Berkeley Pictorial Works.

Check out the Image Sources for the Built Environment guide to research and Archives & Special Collections

Finding Plans and Maps

  • Berkeley Campus Space Plan (1981-1984) by the Buildings and Campus Development Committee. Includes floor planss; descriptions; evaluations of buildings; general condition; seismic safety; floor space(s); accessibility.
    • Vol. 1: I & R component of the long range development plan. Overall campus survey, including responses to precinct studies in volume 2.
    • Vol. 2: Academic precincts.
    • Vol. 3: Support activities.
    The index is available online
  • Capital Projects, Planning, Design and Construction Services, UCB, includes Current Projects. (Department of Facilities Management) 1963 University Ave., phone: 510-642-2662 or 643-7724. Maintains a working collection of reduced drawings and plans for campus buildings. For access to the collection, present an official letter from a UCB faculty member stating purpose and need. There is a fee for photocopying. Call in advance for an appointment. NOTE: Contact this office only if the Environmental Design Library, Environmental Design Archives, University Archives or other library collections lack needed material.
  • Historic Campus Maps, University Archives, Bancroft Library, University of California History Digital Archives. Look under Archival Documents.

Archives and Special Collections

Outdoor Art, Benches, Sundials, etc.