The Nominating Committee

Deborah Berke, Partner-in-Charge, Deborah Berke Partners

Deborah Berke

Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP heads the firm Deborah Berke Partners and is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Deeply committed to public service, she is a Founding Trustee of the Design Trust for Public Space in New York City and a Trustee of the Forum for Urban Design and a Trustee, serving as Vice President, of desigNYC. Over the past two decades, Deborah has served as Chair of the Board of Advisors, Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, Trustee of the Brearley School, Vice President of the AIA New York Chapter, and a Trustee of the National Building Museum. She is the co-editor, with Steven Harris, of The Architecture of the Everyday, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1997. In the fall of 2008, Yale University Press published a book focusing on the firm’s work — the first book on a contemporary American architect to be published by this esteemed academic press. It is simply titled Deborah Berke. Deborah is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A., 1975; B. Architecture, 1977), The City University of New York (M. Urban Planning in Urban Design, 1984), and in 2005 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2012, Deborah became the first recipient of Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize.


Lucy Berman, Sigrid Rupp Trustee

Lucy Berman

Lucy Berman began her career as one of the first salaried women employees at a major engine manufacturer. She went on to earn an MBA (as the only woman in her class), build a successful art consulting business and run an art gallery. After a 5-year return to the manufacturing sector, she made another career shift and became a realtor in 2004. Concurrently, she has been active in the non-profit sector as a co-founder, board member and Facility/Design Committee co-chair of Palo Alto’s Congregation Etz Chayim as well as a 10-year board member of the Palo Alto Art Center. Berman holds a BA in Economics and Sociology from Oberlin College and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Yung Ho Chang, AIA, Principal Architect, Atelier Feichang Jianzhu Professor and former Head, Architecture Department, MIT Professor,College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University

Yung Ho Chang

Originally from Beijing and educated both in China and in the US, Chang received Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He has been practicing in China since 1992 and established Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) in 1993. He has won a number of prizes, such as First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1986, a Progressive Architecture Citation Award in 1996, the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, and the Academy Award in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. He has published eight books and monographs, including Yung Ho Chang / Atelier Feichang Jianzhu: A Chinese Practice in English/French, and Yung Ho Chang: Luce chiara, camera oscura in Italian. He participated in many international exhibitions of art and architecture, including five times in the Venice Biennale since 2000. He has taught at various architecture schools in the USA and China; he was a Professor and Founding Head of Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University from 1999 to 2005; he held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard in 2002 and the Eliel Saarinen Chair at Michigan in 2004. Since 2011, became a Pritzker Prize Jury member.


Renee Chow, Acting Dean, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley; Principal, Studio URBIS


Renee Chow joined the faculty in the Department of Architecture in 1993 and currently serves as Acting Dean of the College of Environmental Design. She teaches beginning and advanced design studios, design seminars and a housing seminar entitled “Mid-rise Urbanism.” Both her practice and her research focus on the intersection between architecture and its locale. One problem for contemporary design is to link the structure of the city and landscape with its individual pieces — to design how each affects and is affected by the other. In making pieces of our cities — highways and streets, parks and buildings — our current architectural culture too often strives for a degree of formal autonomy from surrounding circumstances. The experience of a city becomes a cacophony of competing markers. The local experiences of neighborhood textures, district orientations, and collective practices of dwelling disappear as our design practices increasingly lose the tools to make them.

Professor Chow is also principal of Studio URBIS, an architecture and urban design practice formed in collaboration with her partner, Thomas Chastain.

Professor Chow has been honored by the College of Environmental Design with the Eva Li Chair in Design Ethics from 2005 to 2010, by Architecture Magazine as one of its “Ten Top Architectural Educators” in 2009, and by the AIA California Council with its Research and Technology Honor Award. She received her SBAD and M.Arch. from, as well as previously taught at, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Madhavi Desai, Partner, ARCHICRAFTS Studio

Madhavi Desai

Madhavi Desai is an architect, researcher, writer and teacher based in India. She received her M.Arch from the University of Texas at Austin and is a partner in ARCHICRAFTS studio since 1981. She has an appointment as adjunct faculty at CEPT University, Ahmedabad since 1986. She has had Research Fellowships from ICSSR, New Delhi, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, USA, SARAI, New Delhi and the Getty Foundation, USA. She is a founding member of Women Architects Forum. She is the co-author of Architecture and Independence: A Search for Identity, India 1880 to 1980, OUP (1997), Architectural Heritage of Gujarat: Interpretation, Appreciation, Values, Gujarat Government (2012) and The Bungalow in Twentieth Century India: The Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-Colonial Society, Ashgate (2012). She is the editor of Gender and the Built Environment in India, Zubaan (2007) and the author of Traditional Architecture: House Form of the Islamic Community of the Bohras in Gujarat, Council of Architecture (2007). Her most recent book is Women Architects and Modernism in India: Narratives and Contemporary Practices, Routledge (2017). She was a visiting scholar in the department of gender and women’s studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014.


Sheila Kennedy, Professor of the Practice of Architecture, MIT; Principal, Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize Recipient

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Sheila Kennedy, FAIA, is a founding Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture and a Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in history, philosophy and literature from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. Kennedy studied architecture at the Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and received the Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where she won the SOM National Traveling Fellowship and was graduated with Distinction, the School’s highest academic honor. As Associate Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Kennedy was Director of the M Arch II Program from 1991-1995.  In 2014 Sheila was the second recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Professorship and Prize.


Lisa Kleissner, Sigrid Rupp Trustee

Lisa Kleissner

Lisa Kleissner is the President of the KL Felicitas Foundation, dedicated to supporting programs that enable social entrepreneurs and enterprises worldwide to develop and grow sustainably, with an emphasis on rural communities and families; and advocate the Foundation’s Impact Investing Strategy. She provides pro bono architectural, project and construction management services for non-profits both locally and internationally with a focus on culturally appropriate and sustainable design. Additionally, Kleissner has led fund raising efforts for a variety of both local and international non-profits focusing on capital and endowment campaigns. She currently serves on several boards: The Philanthropy Workshop West, a transformative donor education program; Toniic, a global impact investing collaborative; and CPOA, a rural community volunteer group in Big Sur, California. Kleissner was the Vice President of an architectural firm in Hawaii doing work in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Most recently she was the president of The Kleissner Group, an architectural and project management firm in Silicon Valley. Kleissner graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.Arch in Environmental Design.


Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

Cathleen McGuigan

Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for more than a century. McGuigan, who is the second woman to serve as editor in chief, was named to the post in 2011. Under her leadership, Record, won the 2012 Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence, as well as being named to the Media Power 50 list in B to B Magazine, among other honors. She also serves as editorial director of SNAP, a products publication that debuted in 2009. McGuigan, a former Newsweek architecture critic and arts editor, has more than three decades of cultural journalism experience. A Michigan native, she holds a BA degree in English, with a minor in art history, from Brown University. In 1992-93, she was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Besides her career at Newsweek, where she was on staff from 1977 to 2008, McGuigan has worked as a consultant for various clients, including the Syracuse University School of Architecture. She served as an executive editor of HQ: Good Design Is Good Business, a McGraw-Hill pilot project. Her freelance articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other periodicals. McGuigan has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale. She sits on the board of trustees of the Skyscraper Museum in New York.


Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean Emeritus, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Marilyn Jordan Taylor

Marilyn Jordan was Dean of The School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania after spending more than twenty years as partner, architect and urban designer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, where she led the firm’s practices in airports, transportation, and urban design and served as its first woman Chairman. She is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. Taylor is distinguished as well for her civic and professional leadership, having served as a member and Rockefeller Fellow of The Partnership for New York City, President of the American Institute of Architects (NYC Chapter), visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Chairman of the New York Building Congress, founding (2001) member of the New York New Visions, and as Chairman of ULI Worldwide (2005–2007). Taylor attended Harvard University, The MIT Graduate School of Architecture and the University of California, Berkeley where she received her Masters of Architecture. PennDesign provides masters and PHD degrees to outstanding students in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, and the fine arts.


Susan Ubbelohde, Professor, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley; Principal, Loisos + Ubbelohde

Susan Ubbelohde

Susan Ubbelohde has on the faculty of the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley since 1994 and teaches graduate design studios and courses in high-performance facades, sustainable waterfronts, seminars on the integration of theory and technology in practice and sustainable design. She is also a founding partner of Loisos + Ubbelohde, an architecture and consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and high performance buildings. She and her partner George Loisos lead an office of unconventional practice bringing research methods and physical and computer modeling to a wide range of architectural design solutions. In addition to form making the firm has pioneered new methods of energy conservation, production and analysis, lighting and daylighting design and analysis, natural ventilation analysis, concept design and fabrication of light emitting and controlling elements including light sculptures. The firm works closely with University researchers, LBNL and other research institutions to bring the most sophisticated and appropriate technology to the practice of architecture. Their projects have received over 30 AIA awards, three AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, and five LEED platinum certifications. Recent publications of the work are Design Informed: Driving Innovation with Evidence-Based Design and “Transparency: Literal and Sustainable” in Architectural Record.


Allison G. Williams, Founder, AGWms_studio

Allison G. Williams

In a career spanning more than 30 years in corporate practice, Allison Williams has designed significant large-scale projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally. Ms. Williams’ broad portfolio includes civic, corporate and cultural facilities, places for research and education, mixed-use and high density developments. Williams is currently a lecturer at Stanford University, Department of Architecture, a board member of SPUR and a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee. Williams was a recipient of The Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and received both her Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Art in the Practice of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Williams was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1997. Williams lectures and serves on invited design juries frequently, and recently on the Architecture Jury the AIA Institute Honor Awards.