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The Midcentury Modern Campus of UC Riverside

A presentation and panel on the midcentury modern design and development of the UC Riverside campus. Free (3 hrs)

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Some of the best designers of the midcentury era are already well-known for their residential commissions. But many, such as architects Albert Frey and landscape architects Fred Barlow and Ruth Shellhorn, included campus planning and design as an important element of their oeuvre. Developed in the post-war period of phenomenal growth and optimism, UC Riverside was the first University of California campus to be planned using modernist design principles and vocabulary. Core elements of the original UCR site plan and architecture have been preserved and continue to exert a significant influence on the continuing development of the campus. 

Join landscape architect Kelly Comras, architect Jacqueline Norman and physical planner Ramasubramanian Umashankar as they discuss the growth and development of the campus. Rarely-seen photographs by iconic chroniclers of the midcentury era, including Ansel Adams and Julius Shulman, illustrate the lecture. 

A reception and photographic exhibition follow the lecture. 

Kelly Comras, FASLA, is a landscape architect and member of the State Bar of California. A Founding Member of the Stewardship Council for The Cultural Landscape Foundation, she is also Past-President of the California Garden & Landscape History Society. Her book, Ruth Shellhorn, was published by University of Georgia Press, 2016. 

Jacqueline Norman is Campus Architect of UC Riverside. She is responsible for all issues affecting the aesthetic quality of the physical environment of the campus. Her prior architectural practice emphasized historic preservation and new design for publicly funded higher education projects, and she has served as a faculty member at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, in Arizona and Wisconsin. 

Ramasubramanian Umashankar, RLA, LEED AP, is Principal Physical Planner at UC Riverside. His career has focused on campus planning and design for higher education and research institutions nationally, and he has lead and/or managed significant planning and design efforts for a number of prominent public and private institutions. At UC Riverside, Uma provides decision support on physical planning considerations.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
The presentation and panel begins at 3 p.m.; it will be followed by the opening of the exhibition The Midcentury Modern Campus of UC Riverside, accompanied by a reception, and will continue until 6 p.m.
Please follow directional signs to Parking Lot B and park there.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is University of California, Riverside.


Event Check-in Location

UCR Palm Desert Main Theater, Building B, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Photo Credits: Ansel Adams, Humanities Building and Reflecting Pool, University of California, Riverside, California Museum of Photography, UCR ARTS., Ansel Adams, North from the Humanities Building, University of California, Riverside, California Museum of Photography, UCR ARTS., Ansel Adams, Library Entrance Arches, Bell Tower in the Background, University of California, Riverside, California Museum of Photography, UCR ARTS., Ansel Adams, Bell Tower and Trees, University of California, Riverside, California Museum of Photography, UCR ARTS.


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