Wurster Hall

Built 1964. Although home to Berkeley's architecture department, Wurster is often voted Berkeley's ugliest building for its Brutalist, bare concrete appearance. But some of the "ugliness" is a result of functionality, like the concrete sunshades over windows to minimize energy costs. It was named for William Wurster, dean of the School of Architecture and its successor, the College of Environmental Design (1950-62), and his wife, lecturer Catherine Bauer Wurster.

Building Details

Floors: 11

Accessible entrances: The west entrance on the ground floor provides automatic openers and push plates.

Restrooms: There are multiple user restrooms with side transfer stalls on the first and third floors.

Emergency evacuation cabinet: NW: The emergency evacuation cabinet is located is located directly across from the north elevator lobby.

Pictures of Wurster Hall

The front side of Wurster Hall, facing west. The front entrance is at ground level.

Wurster Hall

The main entrance to Wurster Hall, facing west. The leftmost set of doors has an automatic door opener to the right.

West Entrance


Emergency Preparedness Information

Classrooms and Departments

College of Environmental Design, Center for Environmental Design Research, Institute for Urban and Regional Development, Ramona's Café, Environmental Design Archives, Environmental Design Library, Visual Resources Center


101 Wurster

Maximum Capacity


102 Wurster

Maximum Capacity