PRINT April 1966



From December, 1964 to July, 1965, the University of California at Berkeley conducted a competition to select an architect for the proposed University Arts Center, a museum complex to function under the directorship of Dr. Peter Selz. The jury for the competition consisted of three architects: Lawrence B. Anderson, Gardner A. Dailey and Ralph Rapson.

The jury’s choice lighted on the design submitted by Mario Ciampi, of San Francisco. Careful examination of the final entries leaves little doubt that the Ciampi entry was, by all odds, the best, and that the jury was wise in selecting it. The immediate advantages of Ciampi’s design can be stated succinctly:

1. Its over-all design does not have a “dated” aspect: its strong, bold forms will not look, in the future, as if they were designed “in the Sixties.” This is not true of most of the other final submissions.

2. The exterior clearly expresses

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