University Art Museum
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Architect Mario J. Ciampi
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Location Berkeley, California   map
Date 1971   timeline
Building Type art museum
 Construction System site-cast concrete
Climate mild temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Rugged spiraling layout of galleries, connected by balconies projecting back into central atrium space.






Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Site Plan Drawing

Discussion University Art Museum Commentary

"When completed, it was the country's largest university art museum. Located just off campus, its casual concrete ramps lure the passerby into its galleries; its terraces overlook a sunny sculpture garden."

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p20.

Sources on University Art Museum

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. plan, p277. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at

Jeanne M. Davern. Architecture 1970-1980: A Decade of Change. New York: McGraw Hill, 1980. ISBN 0-07-002352-2. LC 80-11465. NA2542.35A72. interior photo, small exterior photo, p53.

A. J. Peterson, Oakland, CA. Slides from photographer's collection, September 1993. PCD.3235.1012.0545.094. PCD.3235.1012.0545.100. PCD.3235.1012.0545.102.

Walter F. Wagner, Jr., AIA. "An Art Museum Designed for The Campus", Architectural Record, July 1972, Volume 152 Number 1. p104-107. exterior photo in context, p104. drawing of main levels plan, p107. drawing of section, p106. interior color photo with display, cover.

Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989. ISBN 0-422-29190-6. LC 89-5320. NA703.W75 1989. discussion p20.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about University Art Museum


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