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The Berkeley Connect program opens up the extraordinary resources of the university to you: the extraordinary students on our campus. By joining, you will become part of a community of like-minded faculty, mentors, and students that will provide a supportive environment in which to exchange and discuss ideas and goals. Berkeley Connect will help you to make the most of your time at the university as you learn more about the major in Architecture. We’re excited to get to know you!

Message from the Director

Margaret CrawfordWould you like a chance to discuss some of the excitement and challenges of being an architecture student in a relaxed and stress-free setting? Do you seek a forum to share ideas, troubleshoot as a way to enhance your experiences as an architecture student at Berkeley?As the Director of the Department of Architecture’s Berkeley Connect program, I’d like to encourage you to join an exciting new opportunity for support, interchange and creative growth. Our Berkeley Connect Program is designed to provide with you empowering skills and new insights about architecture as a discipline and profession. The Berkeley Connect program will help you get the most out of our Department by bringing you together in conversation with faculty and students in a sequence of weekly activities designed to be fun, informative and supportive. You will make new friends, develop a support system to help you achieve your goals, and lean new things about architecture in an informal and interactive setting.

I look forward to sharing the excitement and potential of the Berkeley Connect program with you.

Professor Margaret Crawford

Faculty Director, Berkeley Connect in Architecture

Program Description

Berkeley Connect links undergraduate students with experienced mentors in Architecture. These mentors lead small groups of 10-20 students in regular meetings; they also meet with students one-on-one to provide guidance and advice. The core of the Berkeley Connect program is a one-credit, pass-fail course that is designed to create a community of students with similar intellectual interests. There is no homework associated with Berkeley Connect: no exams, no papers, no quizzes. Instead, small group meetings focus on sharing ideas and learning new skills within the Architecture major as a way to foster friendships and provide a supportive intellectual community for Berkeley undergraduates.The only requirement for joining Berkeley Connect in Architecture is that you have an interest in the field of study. You do not have to be a major in order to participate! Undeclared freshmen and sophomores are welcome, along with entering junior transfers and juniors and seniors who have declared the major.

Every semester, Berkeley Connect sponsors a wide range of activities and events for participating students.  They include:

  • small-group meetings led by your mentor;
  • one-on-one meetings with your mentor;
  • special events, including informal lectures by professors and guest speakers, and panels on career options, graduate school admissions, and other topics;
  • and visits to Berkeley resources.

At the heart of Berkeley Connect is the relationship between you and your mentor. The Berkeley Connect mentors are advanced graduate students or recent PhDs in Architecture, who are chosen both for their demonstrated commitment to undergraduates and for their scholarly achievement. They are dedicated to providing the kind of close-knit community and one-on-one attention that can be hard to find at a large university.

When you sign up for Berkeley Connect, you will join one of several small groups of participants in Architecture. Your small group will be led by your mentor, and will meet every other week during the semester for an hour-long dinner discussion sessions. Discussions will focus on key intellectual issues within Architecture as well as key skills you need to succeed in the major. Above all, the small groups will focus on building connections among students, so that each group becomes a supportive community for all participants.

You will also meet with your mentor one-on-one at least twice during the semester, once to get acquainted, and a second time just before Tele-Bears, to discuss your plans for completing your major. Your mentor also has office hours every other week, during which you are free to show up and ask questions, talk over your day or your week, discuss what you are learning in class, or just have an informal conversation.


Margaret CrawfordMargaret Crawford (Director) is Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, teaching  courses in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism and urban history and studios focusing on small scale urbanity.

Her research focuses on the evolution, uses and meanings of urban space. She has written and edited several books including Building the Workingman’s Paradise: The Design of American Company Towns, The Car and the City: The Automobile, the Built Environment and Daily Urban Life and Everyday Urbanism, and has published numerous articles on shopping malls, public space, and other issues in the American built environment. Recently investigated the rapid physical and social changes in China’s Pearl River Delta. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Crawford was Professor of Urban Design and Planning Theory at the Harvard GSD and, before that,  Chair of the History, Theory and Humanities program at the Southern California Institute for Architecture. She has also taught at the University of Southern California, the University of California at San Diego, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Florence, Italy. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fulbright Fellowships to Hong Kong, Quadrant Fellowship, James Marsden Fitch Foundation grant, and Graham Foundation grants.

Berkeley Connect Mentors

Amina AlKandariAmina Alkandari is a Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies, specialized in history of architecture and contemporary urbanization in developing countries with a focus on the Middle East, specifically the Arab Gulf region. She received her B.ARCH from University of Miami, and M.ARCH in Architecture and Urban Design Studies from Syracuse University, where she spent a year in Florence, Italy. She obtained an M.S in Architecture from UC Berkeley with a thesis titled “The Influence of Gender on the use of Mall Space in Kuwait.” Her Ph.D. dissertation focuses on nation-building and modernity in Kuwait from the early 1900s to the present. She is also interested in issues related to gender, architecture, and space. Amina is excited to be part of Berkeley Connect program for the second time, as she loves teaching, enjoys sharing knowledge, and facilitating a dialogue between students to exchange ideas.

Stathis Gerostathopoulos Stathis Gerostathopoulos is a PhD candidate in Architecture. He specializes in modern and contemporary architectural and urban theory. His dissertation looks at queer place-making, its material manifestations, and how sexuality informs claims to citizenship and the right to the city. Trained as an architect (MArch, UC Berkeley), he worked in a Bay Area design firm before returning to graduate school. His academic background is in Art History and Theater (University of Glasgow, UK).  As a recipient of the Branner Traveling Fellowship, he traveled around the world for one year, documenting ways that people use roof space in different urban contexts. Stathis is excited to be part of Berkeley Connect and looks forward to working with students to explore their potential in academia and the professional world of design, as well as be active and engaged citizens.

Alec StuartAlec Stewart is a PhD candidate in Architecture and an alumnus of UC Berkeley (Go Bears!), where he was active in the Cal Band while earning a B.A. in Geography and a minor in City Planning. He began his career at Community Design + Architecture, a city planning and urban design firm in Oakland. He then pursued a Master’s in urban geography at George Washington University, writing a thesis titled, “Ethnic Entrepreneurship and Latino Placemaking in Suburban Washington: The Case of Langley Park, Maryland.” His dissertation, “Meet Me at the Swap Meet: Architectures of Emergent Citizenship and Consumption in Los Angeles’s Indoor Market Halls,” examines how informal design practices of immigrant entrepreneurs have reshaped Southern California’s built and social environments. Alec’s favorite part of being a grad student is connecting with students from a broad range of backgrounds and interests. He remembers what it was like to be an undergrad at Berkeley, and looks forward to fostering a fun and inclusive environment for Berkeley Connect students in which new academic, professional, and social relationships may be forged.


Course​ ​format​ ​and​ ​requirements:​​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connect​ ​is​ ​an​ ​academic​ ​enrichment​ ​and​ ​mentorship​ ​program that​ ​builds​ ​on​ ​the​ ​energy,​ ​experiences​ ​and​ ​excitement​ ​of​ ​its​ ​student​ ​participants.​ ​Our​ ​program​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​to provide​ ​you​ ​with​ ​empowering​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​new​ ​insights​ ​about​ ​architecture​ ​as​ ​a​ ​discipline​ ​and​ ​profession.​ ​The Berkeley​ ​Connect​ ​program​ ​will​ ​help​ ​you​ ​get​ ​the​ ​most​ ​out​ ​of​ ​our​ ​Department​ ​by​ ​bringing​ ​you​ ​together​ ​in conversation​ ​with​ ​faculty​ ​and​ ​students​ ​in​ ​a​ ​sequence​ ​of​ ​weekly​ ​activities​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​fun,​ ​informative​ ​and supportive.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​make​ ​new​ ​friends,​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​support​ ​system​ ​to​ ​help​ ​you​ ​achieve​ ​your​ ​goals,​ ​and​ ​learn new​ ​things​ ​about​ ​architecture​ ​in​ ​an​ ​informal​ ​and​ ​interactive​ ​setting.

Our​ ​program​ ​has​ ​two​ ​facets:​ ​weekly​ ​small​ ​group​ ​meetings,​ ​and​ ​periodic​ ​gatherings​ ​where​ ​all​ ​the​ ​sections come​ ​together​ ​for​ ​events​ ​such​ ​as​ ​a​ ​field​ ​trip​ ​and​ ​faculty​ ​panel​ ​discussions.​ ​You​ ​have​ ​already​ ​enrolled​ ​in​ ​a small​ ​group​ ​section,​ ​and​ ​your​ ​weekly​ ​meetings​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​at​ ​either​ ​6-7pm,​ ​or​ ​7-8pm,​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​your group.​ ​Please​ ​consult​ ​CalCentral​ ​​ ​and​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​you​ ​know​ ​where​ ​and​ ​when​ ​your​ ​group​ ​is​ ​meeting.​ ​The schedule​ ​of​ ​meetings​ ​and​ ​the​ ​discussion​ ​topics​ ​are​ ​listed​ ​below.

Please​ ​note​ ​that​ ​you​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​​two​ ​one-on-one​ ​meetings​​ ​with​ ​your​ ​Mentor,​ ​either​ ​during​ ​the class​ ​time​ ​scheduled​ ​for​ ​this​ ​on​ ​September​ ​21​ ​and​ ​October​ ​26,​ ​or​ ​at​ ​a​ ​time​ ​arranged​ ​with​ ​your​ ​Mentor.​ ​We strongly​ ​encourage​ ​you​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​both​ ​your​ ​mentor​ ​and​ ​the​ ​program’s​ ​Director​ ​​ ​at​ ​other​ ​points​ ​during​ ​the semester.

We​ ​will​ ​be​ ​confirming​ ​the​ ​start​ ​time​ ​of​ ​the​ ​field​ ​trip​ ​to​ ​see​ ​UC​ ​Berkeley​ ​Modernist​ ​Buildings​ ​​ ​soon.​ ​We​ ​will also​ ​be​ ​holding​ ​a​ ​panel​ ​discussion​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Chair​ ​of​ ​Architecture,​ ​Tom​ ​Buresh,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Associate​ ​Dean​ ​of Undergraduate​ ​Studies,​ ​Renee​ ​Chow,​ ​on​ ​October​ ​5th​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall​ ​Ground​ ​Floor​ ​Lobby​ ​at​ ​5pm.

NOTE:​​ ​To​ ​receive​ ​credit​ ​for​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connect,​ ​​you​ ​must​ ​attend​​ ​​all​ ​the​ ​course​ ​meetings​ ​at​ ​the​ ​scheduled times,​ ​a​ ​one-on-one​ ​meeting​ ​with​ ​your​ ​mentor​ ​and​ ​complete​ ​the​ ​final​ ​course​ ​evaluation​​ ​for​ ​the​ ​class.
You​ ​are​ ​also​ ​required​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​the​ ​Field​ ​Trip​ ​on​ ​October​ ​13 ​unless​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​verifiable​ ​scheduling​ ​conflict. Attendance​ ​will​ ​be​ ​taken​ ​at​ ​every​ ​session​ ​during​ ​the​ ​semester.

[*Bring​ ​your​ ​appetite,​ ​dinner​ ​or​ ​snacks​ ​will​ ​be​ ​served​ ​on​ ​these​ ​dates!]

Thursday​ ​August​ ​24
​[Large​ ​group​ ​meeting​ ​6-7pm,​ ​Room​ ​112]
“Welcome​ ​to​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connect!”​​

We’ll​ ​discuss​ ​what​ ​the​ ​students​ ​liked​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Spring​ ​​ ​2016​ ​program,​ ​and​ ​what​ ​we’re​ ​adding​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the​ ​Fall program​ ​even​ ​better​ ​and​ ​more​ ​exciting.​ ​You’ll​ ​also​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​course​ ​policies,​ ​special​ ​events​ ​and​ ​visitors, and​ ​how​ ​to​ ​use​ ​our​ ​Bcourses​ ​site.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​also​ ​introduce​ ​the​ ​faculty​ ​and​ ​fellows​ ​affiliated​ ​with​ ​Berkeley Connect:​ ​Director​ ​Margaret​ ​Crawford​ ​and​ ​Mentors​ ​Amina​ ​Al-Kandari​ ​and​ ​Stathis​ ​Gerostathopoulos.

*Thursday​ ​Aug​ ​31​ ​​ ​​
[Discussion​ ​section​ ​meetings;​ ​rooms​ ​104​ ​and​ ​172]
“Getting​ ​to​ ​know​ ​each​ ​other:​ ​Student​ ​and​ ​Mentor​ ​Introductions”

This​ ​is​ ​when​ ​the​ ​members​ ​of​ ​each​ ​section​ ​get​ ​introduced​ ​to​ ​each​ ​other.​ ​You’ll​ ​have​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​and​ ​greet your​ ​fellow​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connectors,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​also​ ​get​ ​know​ ​your​ ​Mentor​ ​(Amina​ ​or​ ​Stathis).​ ​We’d​ ​like​ ​you​ ​to tell​ ​us​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​about​ ​yourself​ ​and​ ​your​ ​hopes​ ​for​ ​the​ ​semester​ ​in​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connect.

One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​requirements​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connect​ ​Program​ ​is​ ​that​ ​you​ ​must​ ​meet​ ​​twice​​ ​during​ ​the​ ​semester with​ ​your​ ​Mentor.​ ​You’ll​ ​have​ ​the​ ​option​ ​of​ ​signing​ ​up​ ​for​ ​you​ ​first​ ​one-one​ ​​ ​meeting​ ​during​ ​your​ ​regularly scheduled​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connect​ ​discussion​ ​group​ ​time​ ​on​ ​​September​ ​21​ ​and​ ​October​ ​26​,​ ​or​ ​another​ ​time during​​ your​​Mentor’s​​ office ​​hours.​​The ​​first​​ meeting​​ on​​​ September ​​21​​​​​ is​​ important​​ part​​ of​​ how​​ we​​ start​​ the semester.​​It​​​​ gives​​ your​​ Mentor​​ a​​ chance ​​to​​ get​​ to ​​know​​ you​​ early​​ on,​​and​​ as ​​a ​​result,​​be​​ more​​ responsive​​ to your​ ​needs​ ​as​ ​the​ ​semester​ ​progresses.​ ​We​ ​strongly​ ​encourage​ ​you​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​meeting​ ​in​ ​regular​ ​office hours​ ​with​ ​your​ ​mentor​ ​after​ ​this​ ​initial​ ​meeting​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​any​ ​issues​ ​that​ ​may​ ​arise​ ​over​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​the semester,​ ​and​ ​questions​ ​you​ ​may​ ​have​ ​about​ ​you​ ​future​ ​direction​ ​in​ ​our​ ​program,​ ​or​ ​your​ ​plans​ ​for​ ​after​ ​you graduate.

*Thursday​​ Sept​​ 7​​​
[Discussion​​ group​​ meetings;​​ rooms​​104​​ and​​ 172 ​​Wurster​​ Hall]
“Mental​ ​maps:​ ​The​ ​campus​ ​as​ ​a​ ​resource,​ ​actual​ ​and​ ​imagined”

In​ ​this​ ​session,​ ​we’ll​ ​be​ ​joined​ ​by​ ​undergraduates​ ​student​ ​leaders​ ​who​ ​are​ ​spearheading​ ​a​ ​new​ ​initiative​ ​in the​ ​CED​ ​to​ ​support​ ​student​ ​wellness​ ​and​ ​healthy​ ​living.​ ​This​ ​week,​ ​we’ll​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the​ ​most​ ​of​ ​the campus​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​doors​ ​of​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall.​ ​We’ll​ ​spend​ ​the​ ​class​ ​developing​ ​an​ ​image​ ​of​ ​our​ ​mental​ ​maps​ ​of the​ ​campus,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​talk​ ​together​ ​about​ ​the​ ​things​ ​we​ ​have​ ​left​ ​out,​ ​using​ ​each​ ​other’s​ ​maps​ ​and​ ​ideas​ ​from our​ ​visitors​ ​to​ ​build​ ​up​ ​a​ ​new​ ​picture​ ​of​ ​campus​ ​resources​ ​and​ ​what​ ​they​ ​can​ ​offer.

*Thursday ​​Sept ​​14​​​
[Discussion​​ group ​​meetings, ​​rooms​​ 104 ​​and ​​172 ​​Wurster​​ Hall]
“Speaking​ ​up​ ​in​ ​class”

This​​ week ​​​​we’ll​​ be​​ talking​​ about​​ the​​ dynamics​​ of​​ speaking​​ in​​ the ​​classroom,​​the​​ lecture ​​hall​​ and​​ the ​​design jury.​ ​We’ll​ ​make​ ​use​ ​of​ ​some​ ​interactive​ ​role-playing​ ​to​ ​help​ ​foreground​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​challenges​ ​involved​ ​in making​ ​yourself​ ​heard​ ​as​ ​an​ ​integral​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​learning​ ​process;​ ​we’ll​ ​also​ ​discuss​ ​some​ ​useful​ ​techniques​ ​to strengthen​ ​your​ ​confidence​ ​and​ ​enhance​ ​your​ ​participation​ ​in​ ​class.

*Thursday​ ​Sept​ ​21
​​[Discussion​ ​group​ ​meetings,​ ​room​ ​101​ ​and​ ​104​ ​and​ ​Ground​ ​Floor​ ​Lobby,​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall]
“One​ ​on​ ​one​ ​meetings”

While​ ​the​ ​one-on-one​ ​meetings​ ​are​ ​in​ ​progress​ ​in​ ​your​ ​discussion​ ​section​ ​rooms,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​be​ ​holding​ ​a​ ​social gathering​ ​in​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​floor​ ​lobby​ ​area​ ​of​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall.​ ​​ ​We​ ​ask​ ​that​ ​all​ ​students​ ​join​ ​this​ ​event,​ ​to​ ​be​ ​held between​ ​6​ ​and​ ​8pm.​ ​You’ll​ ​go​ ​from​ ​the​ ​social​ ​event​ ​to​ ​your​ ​one-on-one​ ​meetings​ ​when​ ​your​ ​time​ ​slot​ ​comes up.​​​​Food​​will​​be​​served!

*Thursday​ ​Sept​ ​28​​

​[Discussion​ ​group​ ​meetings;​ ​rooms​ ​104​ ​and​ ​172​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall]
“What​ ​is​ ​(not)​ ​architecture?”

In​ ​our​ ​first​ ​discussion,​ ​we’d​ ​like​ ​you​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​an​ ​image​ ​to​ ​your​ ​section​ ​that​ ​illustrates​ ​your​ ​thoughts​ ​about​ ​what​ ​is​ ​or is​ ​not​ ​architecture.​ ​While​ ​the​ ​distinction​ ​sounds​ ​like​ ​it​ ​might​ ​be​ ​basic​ ​and​ ​easily​ ​defined,​ ​we’ve​ ​found​ ​that​ ​the response​ ​changes​ ​as​ ​students​ ​get​ ​further​ ​into​ ​the​ ​major.​ ​This​ ​conversation​ ​can​ ​tell​ ​us​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​about​ ​how​ ​we​ ​see​ ​the​ ​field of​ ​architecture​ ​and​ ​our​ ​roles​ ​in​ ​it.​ ​How​ ​has​ ​the​ ​definition​ ​changed​ ​for​ ​you​ ​since​ ​you​ ​started​ ​at​ ​Berkeley?​ ​ Or​ ​since you​ ​were​ ​younger?​ ​ Do​ ​you​ ​think​ ​it​ ​will​ ​change​ ​or​ ​develop​ ​as​ ​you​ ​move​ ​through​ ​your​ ​education​ ​and​ ​beyond?
In​ ​preparation​ ​for​ ​next​ ​week’s​ ​conversation​ ​we’d​ ​like​ ​you​ ​to​ ​​prepare​ ​and​ ​post​ ​questions​ ​for​ ​Tom​ ​Buresh​ ​and Renee​ ​Chow​ ​on​ ​our​ ​bcourses​ ​site

Thursday​ ​Oct​ ​5
​​[Large​ ​group​ ​meeting;​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall​ ​Ground​ ​Floor​ ​Lobby; 6pm]​
​“Renee​ ​Chow​ ​and​ ​Tom​ ​Buresh​ ​in​ ​Conversation”​

This​ ​week​ ​the​ ​Associate​ ​Dean​ ​for​ ​Undergraduate​ ​Studies,​ ​Renee​ ​Chow,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Chair​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Department​ ​of Architecture,​ ​Tom​ ​Buresh,​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​conversation​ ​with​ ​us​ ​about​ ​​ ​topics​ ​suggested​ ​by​ ​you.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​ask​ ​you​ ​to prepare​ ​and​ ​post​ ​questions​ ​for​ ​Tom​ ​and​ ​Renee​ ​on​ ​our​ ​bcourses​ ​site​ ​one​ ​week​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​this​ ​event;​ ​we’ll​ ​start the​ ​discussion​ ​with​ ​some​ ​we​ ​have​ ​selected,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​you​ ​will​ ​take​ ​over​ ​with​ ​your​ ​questions.​ ​We’ll​ ​be​ ​meeting in​ ​the​ ​Wurster​ ​Ground​ ​Floor​ ​Lobby​ ​at​ ​6pm.​ ​After​ ​their​ ​discussion,​ ​at​ ​around​ ​7pm,​ ​we’ll​ ​​ ​break​ ​into conversation​ ​clusters​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​points​ ​further​ ​informally.

*Thursday​ ​Oct​ ​12
​​[Discussion​ ​group​ ​meetings;​ ​rooms​ ​104​ ​and​ ​172]
“How​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​life​ ​during​ ​crunch​ ​time”

​​This​ ​week​ ​we’re​ ​talking​ ​about​ ​how​ ​to​ ​maintain​ ​a​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​balanced​ ​life​ ​during​ ​those​ ​high​ ​pressure​ ​points​ ​that occur​ ​every​ ​semester,​ ​particularly​ ​(but​ ​not​ ​only)​ ​in​ ​studio​ ​classes.​ ​We’ll​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​why​ ​being​ ​a​ ​good​ ​student and​ ​having​ ​fun​ ​outside​ ​school​ ​are​ ​not​ ​mutually​ ​exclusive.​ ​We​ ​all​ ​know​ ​taking​ ​breaks​ ​and​ ​nourishing​ ​the​ ​other parts​ ​of​ ​our​ ​lives​ ​is​ ​essential,​ ​but​ ​sometimes​ ​deadlines​ ​get​ ​in​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​How​ ​can​ ​we​ ​avoid​ ​what​ ​sometimes seem​ ​like​ ​inevitable​ ​sacrifices?​ ​Bring​ ​your​ ​best​ ​practices​ ​for​ ​a​ ​well-rounded​ ​life​ ​to​ ​class​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​with​ ​your colleagues.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to​ ​revisit​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​time​ ​management​ ​resources​ ​we​ ​introduced at​ ​the​ ​start​ ​of​ ​the​ ​semester.

Thursday​ ​October​ ​19
[Discussion​ ​group​ ​meetings;​ ​rooms​ ​104​ ​and​ ​172]
​“Being​ ​a​ ​tourist​ ​at​ ​home:​ ​How​ ​the​ ​familiar​ ​can​ ​become​ ​extraordinary”

In​ ​this​ ​session,​ ​we’ll​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​how​ ​to​ ​observe​ ​the​ ​city​ ​and​ ​its​ ​buildings,​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​from​ ​(or​ ​simply​ ​enjoy) what​ ​we​ ​see​ ​around​ ​us.​ ​We’ll​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​how​ ​we​ ​can​ ​use​ ​photographs,​ ​writing,​ ​notebooks​ ​and​ ​other techniques​ ​from​ ​material​ ​culture​ ​studies​ ​to​ ​record​ ​what​ ​we​ ​see,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​the​ ​process​ ​can​ ​teach​ ​us​ ​something about​ ​both​ ​the​ ​buildings​ ​we​ ​are​ ​observing,​ ​and​ ​ourselves.​ ​This​ ​discussion​ ​is​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​preparation​ ​for​ ​our field​ ​trip​ ​next​ ​week.

Friday​ ​​Oct​ ​13​​ ​​[meeting​ ​time​ ​and​ ​location​ ​will​ ​be​ ​announced​ ​in​ ​class]
Field​ ​Trip:​ ​Campus​ ​Modernism​ ​​ ​​[Large​ ​group​ ​meeting;​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall​ ​Ground​ ​Floor​ ​Lobby;​ ​6pm)

This​ ​semester’s​ ​field​ ​trip​ ​will​ ​take​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​walking​ ​tour​ ​from​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall​ ​around​ ​the​ ​campus​ ​to​ ​look​ ​at several​ ​of​ ​Berkeley’s​ ​most​ ​notable​ ​modernist​ ​buildings,​ ​ending​ ​up​ ​at​ ​​ ​the​ ​Berkeley​ ​Art​ ​Museum.​ ​Architects will​ ​include​ ​Joseph​ ​Esherick,​ ​.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​draw​ ​upon​ ​the​ ​expertise​ ​of​ ​our​ ​Mentors,​ ​who​ ​are​ ​both​ ​completing​ ​their Ph.Ds​ ​in​ ​the​ ​History​ ​of​ ​Architecture​ ​and​ ​Urbanism,​ ​and​ ​commentary​ ​by​ ​special​ ​guests,​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​you​ ​with​ ​a sequence​ ​of​ ​experiences​ ​that​ ​will​ ​transform​ ​how​ ​you​ ​think​ ​about​ ​our​ ​campus​ ​and​ ​its​ ​neighborhood.​ ​]

*Thursday​ ​Oct​ ​26
​​[Discussion​ ​group​ ​meetings,​ ​room​ ​101​ ​and​ ​104​ ​and​ ​Ground​ ​Floor​ ​Lobby,​ ​WursterHall]
“One-on-one​ ​meetings​”

This​ ​week,​ ​your​ ​mentors​ ​will​ ​be​ ​meeting​ ​you​ ​for​ ​the​ ​second​ ​of​ ​two​ ​required​ ​one-on-one​ ​meetings.​ ​You’ll​ ​sign up​ ​for​ ​your​ ​appointment​ ​in​ ​advance,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​either​ ​during​ ​the​ ​regular​ ​time​ ​for​ ​your​ ​section meeting,​ ​or​ ​in​ ​a​ ​scheduled​ ​meeting​ ​in​ ​your​ ​mentor’s​ ​office.​ ​While​ ​one-on-one​ ​meetings​ ​are​ ​taking​ ​place​ ​in​ ​the sections​ ​rooms,​ ​we’ll​ ​be​ ​meeting​ ​for​ ​food​ ​and​ ​conversation​ ​in​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​floor​ ​lobby.

Thursday​ ​Nov​ ​2
[Large​ ​group​ ​discussion,​ ​Ground​ ​Floor​ ​Lobby,​ ​6pm]
“Young​ ​Architects:​ ​A​ ​Conversation​ ​with​ ​Rudabeh​ ​Pakravan​ ​and​ ​TBA”

In​ ​this​ ​open​ ​format​ ​panel​ ​discussion,​ ​Rudabeh​ ​and​ ​—,​ ​two​ ​practicing​ ​architects​ ​who​ ​also​ ​teach​ ​in​ ​the Department​ ​of​ ​Architecture,​ ​will​ ​discuss​ ​their​ ​trajectories​ ​from​ ​their​ ​undergraduate​ ​degrees​ ​to​ ​their​ ​current careers.​ ​We’ll​ ​hear​ ​about​ ​how​ ​they​ ​made​ ​their​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​graduate​ ​schools,​ ​how​ ​they​ ​established​ ​their architectural​ ​firms;​ ​we’ll​ ​also​ ​have​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​see​ ​some​ ​of​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​their​ ​current​ ​creative​ ​work,​ ​to​ ​be followed​ ​by​ ​an​ ​open​ ​question​ ​and​ ​answer​ ​session.

*Thursday​ ​Nov​ ​9
​[Discussion​ ​group​ ​meetings​ ​with​ ​M.Arch​ ​students; rooms​ ​104​ ​and​ ​172​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall]
“The​ ​design​ ​jury:​ ​Giving​ ​and​ ​receiving​ ​criticism”

The​ ​design​ ​jury​ ​is​ ​a​ ​central​ ​part​ ​of​ ​design​ ​education.​ ​What​ ​are​ ​the​ ​goals​ ​of​ ​the​ ​jury,​ ​and​ ​what​ ​constitutes​ ​a successful​ ​jury​ ​experience?​ ​What​ ​are​ ​the​ ​best​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​for,​ ​and​ ​present​ ​at​ ​a​ ​jury?​ ​Does​ ​the​ ​way​ ​you present​ ​your​ ​work​ ​alter​ ​the​ ​criticism​ ​you​ ​receive?​ ​​ ​In​ ​this​ ​discussion,​ ​we’ll​ ​discuss​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​the​ ​jury, and​ ​identify​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​characteristics​ ​we​ ​associate​ ​with​ ​successful​ ​critiques.

Berkeley​ ​Connect​ ​students​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the​ ​option​ ​of​ ​attending​ ​the​ ​M.Arch​ ​juries​ ​of​ ​our​ ​visiting​ ​speakers.​ ​This​ ​is a​ ​great​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​you​ ​to​ ​see​ ​some​ ​of​ ​our​ ​speakers​ ​in​ ​action,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​get​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​the​ ​discussions​ ​going on​ ​amongst​ ​faculty​ ​and​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​M.Arch​ ​program.​ ​A​ ​schedule​ ​of​ ​recommended​ ​reviews​ ​will​ ​be provided.​ ​​ ​This​ ​discussion​ ​will​ ​address​ ​how​ ​best​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​the​ ​jury​ ​as​ ​a​ ​learning​ ​opportunity,​ ​in​ ​which you​ ​as​ ​a​ ​student​ ​are​ ​an​ ​active​ ​participant.

*Thursday​ ​Nov​ ​16
​​[Discussion​ ​group​ ​meetings;​ ​rooms​ ​104​ ​and​ ​172]
“Looking​ ​back/Looking​ ​ahead”​

As​ ​we​ ​approach​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​semester,​ ​we’ll​ ​look​ ​back​ ​over​ ​our​ ​discussions​ ​and​ ​gather​ ​together​ ​some​ ​of the​ ​insights​ ​you’ve​ ​gained.​ ​We’ll​ ​return​ ​to​ ​the​ ​points​ ​we​ ​developed​ ​about​ ​managing​ ​time;​ ​speaking​ ​up​ ​in class;​ ​having​ ​a​ ​life​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​CED;​ ​making​ ​the​ ​most​ ​of​ ​criticism.​ ​We’ll​ ​also​ ​look​ ​ahead​ ​and​ ​discuss​ ​your goals​ ​for​ ​the​ ​coming​ ​semester,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​the​ ​things​ ​you’ve​ ​learned​ ​in​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connect​ ​might​ ​help​ ​you achieve​ ​them.

Thursday​ ​Nov​ ​23 Thanksgiving​ ​Break

*Thursday​ ​Nov​ ​30
[Ground​ ​floor​ ​lobby,​ ​Wurster​ ​Hall​ ​at​ ​6pm]
“Last​ ​Class”​ ​​

This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to​ ​gather​ ​together​ ​one​ ​last​ ​time,​ ​to​ ​check​ ​in​ ​with​ ​friends,​ ​and​ ​reflect​ ​on​ ​all​ ​that​ ​has happened​ ​in​ ​Berkeley​ ​Connect​ ​over​ ​the​ ​semester.​ ​We’ll​ ​meet​ ​in​ ​conversation​ ​clusters​ ​for​ ​snacks​ ​in​ ​the​ ​ground floor​ ​lobby.​ ​​ ​Margaret,​ ​Amina​ ​​ ​and​ ​Stathis​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​attendance​ ​to​ ​listen​ ​to​ ​your​ ​questions​ ​and​ ​suggestions.


To find sections in the upcoming semester, search the Schedule of Classes for Architecture 98BC (for first-year and sophomores) or 198BC (for juniors and seniors).

To help you meet other students who share your experiences and perspectives, Berkeley Connect sections are designated as lower division (first-year students and sophomores), new junior transfers, and upper division (juniors and seniors), but you can enroll in any section that fits your schedule and credit requirements.

How to Sign Up

To participate in Berkeley Connect in Architecture, you enroll in a designated section of Architecture 98BC or 198BC (one unit, taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis). Many students chose to enroll for more than one semester. Participation is NOT restricted to declared majors.To sign up, enroll in a Berkeley Connect section when course registration opens.  Please see the Berkeley Connect sections listed above under “Schedule.”

**Read the schedule notes carefully—different sections are designated as primarily for lower-division (freshmen and sophomores), upper-division (juniors and seniors), or junior transfer students.

If you are interested in participating in Berkeley Connect, but course registration is not currently open, you can join the Berkeley Connect Mailing List, and you will be sent more details when the next semester’s information becomes available.

Contact Us

Please see our FAQs. If you have additional questions about Berkeley Connect in Architecture, please contact:  Greig Crysler, Faculty Director,

Valentina Rozas Krause:
[Office Hours: Thurs 4;30-5:30 pm, Room 372 Wurster, or by appointment]

Amina Al-Kandari:
[Office Hours: Thurs 4:30-5:30 pm, Room 372 Wurster, or by appointment]

Susan Hagstrom, Director of Undergraduate Advising, Architecture,

You can also contact the central Berkeley Connect office at or (510)664-4182.

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