Current exhibit: Designing People

Posted on by Christina Marino

The Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley presents the exhibit

Designing People

February 11 – May 19, 2015


The figures that inhabit architectural and landscape renderings are not the actual focus of the drawings. Homeowners, children, pets, shoppers, and condo-dwellers are included to convey the scale and functionality of a proposed design. They humanize and create an emotional appeal in what might otherwise appear to be sterile environments and allow the client to imagine how a space will be used. From the watercolor Victorian to the scalie hipster, this exhibit features more than a century of designers’ representations of people from the Environmental Design Archives.

On view at:

Environmental Design Library

Volkmann Reading Room, Raymond Lifchez and Judith Stronach Exhibition Cases

210 Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley


Information, Hours, Directions: 510-642-4818


Curators: Waverly Lowell and Chris Marino, Environmental Design Archives

Exhibition Team: Cailin Trimble, Emily Vigor, Alison Ecker, Andrew Manuel, Brandon Wolinsky