College of Environmental Design Open House

Special Event | October 21 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Join us for a day of celebration at Wurster Hall as we shine a light on some of the newest updates to our building, including Rice & Bones, Charles Phan's new concept café.


9:00 – 9:30 am WELCOME RECEPTION

Location: 1st floor & Plaza, Wurster Hall
Start your day on our newly renovated plaza with coffee and pastries from our recently opened café Rice & Bones, headed by renowned chef (and CED attendee) Charles Phan, of SF’s Slanted Door.


Location: 112 Wurster Hall
Join Dean Jennifer Wolch, Department Chairs, and the Assistant Dean of Development + Alumni Relations, to hear the latest exciting news from the College of Environmental Design.

10:30 – 11:30 am FACULTY PRESENTATION: Nicholas de Monchaux - Vacant Lots, Climate Change, and the unexpected future of Civic Infrastructure

Location: 112 Wurster Hall
In this lecture, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media Nicholas de Monchaux will present the case that one of the most valuable resources to make American cities more resilient in the face of climate change is the lowly vacant lot. Over the last six years, de Monchaux and his team have used digital mapping tools and data science to devise essential, efficient and fair ways to reinforce cities’ physical, social and ecological resilience to face the growing and multi-faceted threats to our urban communities and infrastructure. Showcasing 3,659 proposals developed for New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, de Monchaux’s work shows how digital mapping and design methods can reveal new opportunities, and new design methods, in our cities’ most unexpected, and underappreciated environments.



Location: 1st floor classroom, Rice & Bones & Ong & Ong Plaza, 7th Floor Studio, The Hub
Take a guided tour of the latest additions and improvements to our building, brought about through the generosity of our donors.
(These two events to occur concurrently)

12:00 – 2:00 pm LUNCH IN THE COURTYARD

Location: East Courtyard, Wurster hall
Enjoy a complimentary lunch from our new café, Rice & Bones, in the beautiful East Courtyard – mingle and reconnect with fellow alumni, faculty and students. Beer and wine will be served.

Register for this event here.