Elizabeth Deakin, Professor Emerita

These apprenticeships are part of a campus-wide project in 2020 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the passage of a resolution by the Board of Regents enabling the admission of women to the University of California. Undergraduate research apprentices will explore the 150-year history of women at Cal through a particular lens agreed upon with their faculty instructor. At the semester’s end, the students’ research may be presented at poster sessions and may be featured on a website published by the University.

Closed (1) Women in Planning: Catherine Bauer Wurster

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Catherine Bauer Wurster was the author of the classic book, Modern Housing ( Houghton Mifflin Company 1934), and the primary author of the first public housing law in the United States, the Housing Act of 1937. After the passage of the Act, she served as Director of Research and Information for the new United States Public Housing Authority and as an adviser to numerous other federal, state and local agencies; She came to Berkeley in 1940, first as a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare and then in the Architecture Department. She was highly influential in articulating the values and mission that led to the establishment of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design but never held the title of professor.

There are two parts to this project:
1. Using published sources, document the many roles that Catherine Bauer Wurster played in shaping American housing policy and practice and the education of planners and designers at UC Berkeley.
2. Through interviews with current leaders in housing and related planning and design fields at UC Berkeley, trace the evolution of housing policy and practice from Bauer Wurster to the present day.


Qualifications: Student should have good reading and writing skills and should be comfortable conducting interviews.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Related website: http://150w.berkeley.edu/

Closed (2) Women Planners at UC Berkeley

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Women have influenced planning at Berkeley both as members of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the College of Environmental Design and as planners for the Berkeley campus’ development. This project will explore the contributions of women to teaching, research, scholarship and practice, considering the contributions of students, instructors, and lecturers regular faculty, and planning staff. Apprentices will search university records and other documents and will conduct interviews to document the role of women planners at Berkeley.


Qualifications: Student should have good reading and writing skills and should be comfortable conducting interviews.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: 2110 E Washington Rd

Related website: http://150w.berkeley.edu