Architecture as Activism

It’s not every day that the work of a UC Berkeley professor becomes a viral sensation. Professor Ronald Rael spoke to Berkeley Connect Architecture students about a recent project that thrust him into the national spotlight and shared with them how the work emerged from his personal background and passions. Growing up near the border … Continue Reading »

How to Have a Life During Crunch Time

It’s midterm season. You know what this means –– studying, trying to focus, and drinking gallons of coffee. Self-care is especially imperative during the general stress of midterm season. There are some common problems that many students run into during this period. However, there are also solutions to these problems. It may come as a … Continue Reading »

Growing Pains in Architecture

As any student who has ever worked on a creative project knows, at a certain point the distinction between art and identity begin to blur. The artwork we create become extensions of ourselves and frankly, it can get us into quite a frenzy. So when an outsider, an intruder, bags on our artwork and adds, … Continue Reading »

Time Management for Aspiring Architects

When graduate student Amina Alkandari asked a small group of Berkeley Connect Architecture students she is mentoring, “Who pulled an all-nighter this past week?,” five hands went up. With projects, exams, and paper deadlines, Berkeley students are often on the brink of exhaustion. Spending all night working in the studios of Wurster Hall is a … Continue Reading »

Seeing Like an Architect

Exploring cities, whether as a resident or as a traveler, is an architect’s bread and butter. To an architect, wandering the city is akin to visiting a living museum where buildings are the exhibits and the people, cars, and greenery bring those exhibits to life. Last week, Berkeley Connect Architecture students discussed their philosophies for … Continue Reading »

Exploring the Architectural Heritage of UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley students don’t have to travel far to view inspiring examples of architecture and landscape design. Anyone who has visited the campus knows it’s a magnificent sight to see. With the Neoclassical beauty of Doe Library, the tranquil forest groves near Faculty Glade, and the glorious Sather Tower visible from miles away, students’ daily … Continue Reading »

Students Quiz Architecture Professors

Berkeley Connect in Architecture students recently got a chance to pose some of their burning questions about the field to Architecture professors Luisa Caldas and Darell Fields. Professor Caldas’s specialty lies in sustainable design; before coming to Berkeley, she studied at MIT as well as at universities in London and Lisbon. Professor Fields is interested … Continue Reading »

A Day in the Life of an Architect

Berkeley Connect Architecture students get the inside scoop At “A Day in the Life of an Architect,” Berkeley Connect Architecture students got a chance to step into the shoes of practicing architects, as a panel of local practitioners (most of whom graduated from UC Berkeley) described a typical day in their professional lives.

What is (Not) Architecture?

Berkeley Connect Architecture explore what is and isn’t architecture Berkeley Connect students came together in their small groups last week to discuss what is and is not architecture. I joined graduate mentor Catherine Covey and her small group as they began to answer this seemingly simple question. A lively conversation ensued. Students had each brought … Continue Reading »

Architecture says goodbye!

Berkeley Connect Architecture gathered together one final time to say goodbye to a great semester. Students, mentors, and Berkeley Connect Architecture faculty shared their experiences over holiday snacks and pizza. Students also signed a Berkeley Connect yearbook on the wall, leaving thank you notes for mentors and drawing/writing their favorite moments of the semester.