AIAEB Lecture Series: Higher Education
Join us as we explore the many challenges that designing within an established campus brings with Bill Glass, Emily Marthinsen, Janet Tam, and Gary Strang.
This panel will be moderated by Renee Chow.
About Your Panelists
William Glass, FAIA, is the Principal of Glass Associates, Inc. Established as a corporation in 1989, Glass Associates has undertaken commissions ranging in size from small remodelings to projects in excess of $25 million. Building types have included residential, community facilities, educational, corporate, commercial, institutional, industrial and governmental projects. The firm has gained recognition for design excellence through design competitions, design awards, and the publication of its projects.
Since its founding, the heart of the practice has been educational projects. Among its commissions are over 100 projects at the three Northern California campuses of the University of California. Having consulted to the Executive Dean and Dean of Physical Sciences representing the Astronomy Department stakeholders in the design by Studios Architecture of New Campbell Hall, Bill gained a unique perspective of how the University conducts and manages projects. For seven years Bill was also a member of the Campus Design Review Committee at UC Berkeley, participating in the consultant selection process for numerous campus projects.
Emily Marthinsen served as UC Berkeley’s Assistant Vice Chancellor, Physical & Environmental Planning (2005-2018) and Campus Architect (2014-2019). She was responsible for implementing UC Berkeley’s 2020 Long Range Development Plan and other strategic design plans including campus/city planning and real estate development initiatives.
As Campus Architect and Planner, she was also responsible for design review, environmental entitlement under the California Environmental Quality Act and the campus project approval process.
Janet Tam, FAIA, is a founding partner and the current CEO of Noll & Tam Architects in Berkeley, CA, a 43-person firm that has been in practice for 28 years and has majority women staff. Janet is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional with a BA and MArch from UC Berkeley. Janet’s work focuses on the design of projects in the public realm striving to make a visible and positive difference within their communities. She has led dozens of community projects in some of the most diverse municipalities in California. Janet’s almost 40 years of practice have been dedicated to helping translate diverse community aspirations and experiences into architecture for the common good.
Gary Strang is an architect, a landscape architect, and Fellow of the ASLA. He is the founding principal of GLS, a 10-person firm focused primarily on the design of urban landscapes and projects that do not easily classify as building or landscape (such as the Exploratorium’s two acres of waterfront outdoor space at Piers 15 & 17 in San Francisco). GLS has been recognized for its collaborations with architectural colleagues, bringing environmental values to architecture, and architectural rigor to the design of outdoor space. GLS has completed approximately 20 projects at UC Berkeley over the past 20 years. Gary is the Vice Chair of the BCDC Design Review Board, and an Advisor to the Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design.
About Your Moderator
Renee Chow is principal of Studio URBIS, an architecture and urban design practice formed in collaboration with her partner, Thomas Chastain. Renee is the William W. Wurster Dean and a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at University of California, Berkeley.