Exhibit: “The Architect’s Sketch: Vision and Document”

The Architect's Sketch: Vision and Document is the first exhibition in special cases, designed and constructed specifically to display the holdings of the College of Environmental Design (CED) Archives and rare portfolios and books from the CED Library. The selected sketches explore the theme of the hand-rendered sketch.

Materials included in this exhibition present an opportunity to step back and re-discover the importance of drawing in the making of architecture. Sketching is a means of indicating design intentions and documenting certain values of space, function, and material not always reproducible on digital output. More importantly, in sketching, the making of each mark on paper enlivens the imagination of the designer by nurturing the unparalleled relationship between hand and eye.

The Architect's Sketch: Vision and Document is dedicated to CED students, for and because of whom, the College exists. It is with students in mind that these drawings, objects, and rare and significant volumes have been assembled as examples of the treasures preserved and made available for research and learning in the College Archives and Library collections. What has been selected is but a tiny fraction of the material that can now be exhibited and publicly enjoyed in the new exhibition cases.

Conceived and donated by Professor Raymond Lifchez and Judith Lee Stronach, The Architect's Sketch: Vision and Document celebrates and inaugurates these state-of-the-art exhibition cases.

On view through mid-October, 2007, the exhibit is in the Volkmann Reading Room of the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall. For more information call 510-642-4818.

Curator: Professor Raymond Lifchez

Curatorial Committee:
Carrie McDade, Independent Curator
Elizabeth Byrne, Librarian, Environmental Design Library
Miranda Hambro, Assistant Curator, Environmental Design Archives
Waverly Lowell, Curator, Environmental Design Archives

Exhibition Case Design:
Frost Tsuji Architects: Frank Frost and Wendy Tsuji
Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design: Angela McDonald
Toft DeNevers & Lee Structural Engineers: Douglas Street Construction
UC Berkeley, Capital Projects, Project Manager: Beth Piatnitza
George Slack, Cabinetmakers: George Slack
Del Monte Electric Company: Zair McMahan

Special Acknowledgments:
Gillian Boal, UC Berkeley Library Conservation Department
Chuck Byrne, Graphic Designer
Benjamin Clavan, Architect
Dori Hsiao, Operations Manager, CED Library
Mel Lo, Student Assistant, CED Archives
Lars Luckner, North Berkeley Frameshop
Steve Murray, CED Computer Department
Roger Wicker, Turtle Island Book Shop
Keith Wilson, Architect

Image above:
Detail from Elevation Study for Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley
Architects: Joseph Esherick, Vernon DeMars. Donald Olsen
Joseph Esherick Collection
Environmental Design Archives, UC Berkeley