Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Howard A. Friedman collection , 1937-1990
Dates: 1937- 1990
Bulk Dates: 1975-1987
Collection number: 2000-12
Friedman, Howard A., 1919-1988
Jones, Judith Clancy
Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
University of California, Berkeley.
Abstract: Howard A. Friedman was born in New York City in 1919. In 1949, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley
with a degree in architecture. After several years with San Francisco architecture firms, in 1953 he formed his own practice,
which in 1967 became Howard A. Friedman and Associates. Friedman worked as an architect and planner until 1982. During 35
years of practice, Howard's firm compiled a distinguished record of nationally recognized designs, with projects in Northern
California, Nevada, Georgia, Texas, Mexico, France, Holland, and Spain. In 1980 he was appointed Professor in the Department
of Architecture at UC Berkeley. He retired from private practice in 1984, in part to devote more time to teaching and academic
affairs. The bulk of this collection consists of photographs documenting Howard Friedman's architectural work. Materials relating
to Friedman's time as faculty at UC Berkeley make up the remainder of the collection
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection open for research.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
[Identification of item], Howard A. Friedman collection (2000-12), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental
Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.
Donated by family
Howard A. Friedman was born in New York City on June 26, 1919. At the age of 17, following graduation from Saunders Technical
High School in Yonkers, he started work as a junior drafter in a Manhattan architecture office. In 1942 he joined the United
States Navy Seabees and served in the Pacific during World War II. On his return to San Francisco in 1946 Howard married Phyllis
Koshland. In 1949 he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with an A.B. degree in architecture. After several
years with San Francisco architecture firms, in 1953 he formed his own practice in partnership with Henry Schubart. In 1967
that firm became Howard A. Friedman and Associates. Friedman worked as an architect and planner until 1982, when he transitioned
to the firm's consulting architect. During 35 years of practice, Howard's firm compiled a distinguished record of nationally
recognized designs. These include a group-living complex at the Jewish Home for the Aged, Mt. Zion
Hospital's outpatient clinic, the modernization of Levi Strauss' Valencia Street factory, and the construction of the firm's
award-winning corporate headquarters complex on Battery Street. Other projects included St. Louis Bertrand Church in Oakland,
and the Levi Strauss headquarters in Powell, Tennessee, which was dedicated to Howard in 1982. In later Howard served as master
architect for the south terminal expansion at San Francisco International Airport, where he set an extraordinary precedent
in employing and successfully coordinating a wide spectrum of small, local, minority and women-owned design firms. Friedman
completed projects in Northern California, Nevada, Georgia, Texas, Mexico, France,Holland, and Spain. He retired from private
practice in 1984, in part to devote more time to teaching and academic affairs. With former student Robert DeGoff, he co-authored
Construction Management for Architects, Engineers and Owners published by John Wiley and Sons in 1985, and
Issues for Seismic Strengthening of Existing Buildings, with Henry J. Lagorio and Kit M. Wong, published by the Center for
Environmental Design Research in 1986. Howard continued his active connection with his alma mater throughout his life, as
an active alumnus, a devoted supporter of athletics, and a parent of a succeeding generation of Cal students. In 1966 he strengthened
that connection when he became a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture. In 1980 he was appointed Professor, and in 1987
he became department chair. In 1971 the American Institute of Architects honored Howard by electing him a Fellow. In addition
to his distinguished practice he served his profession as President of the Northern California Chapter of the AIA, as director
of the California Council AIA (CCAIA), and as chair of the State of California Board of Architectural Examiners. In 1989 the
CCAIA, the AIA, and the California Council of Architectural Education posthumously awarded Howard their Exc
ellence in Education Award. Other awards included the Architectural Record award for interior architecture in conjunction
with Gensler & Associates for the Levi Strauss offices in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1980, and the campus' Berkeley Citation, also
awarded posthumously. Howard had a long record in civic and community affairs. In 1970 he became a trustee of Dominican College
and chaired the board in 1973-1978 and 1980-1983. The Dominican College connection represented a pattern. Howard had also
been president of the Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco. At the time of his death he was a trustee of Mills College,
the University of California at Berkeley Foundation, and chair of the Newhouse Foundation. He had also been a trustee of the
University Art Museum. Howard Friedman died suddenly on October 28, 1988, in what was to have been the final year of his notable
leadership as Chair of the Department of Architecture.
Friedman. Howard A.
Successful architecture: Selected works and thought of Howard A. Friedman.
Berkeley, CA: Howard Friedman Family,
University of California: In Memorium, 1990: Howard Abraham Friedman.
Retrieved October 5, 2006
Scope and Content of Collection
The bulk of this collection consists of photographs documenting Howard Friedman's architectural work. This, along with a scrapbook,
portfolio, and proposal book, make up the whole of project documentation. The collection does not contain any drawings, save
for a handful of blueprints from Friedman's early work as a junior draftsman and plans from his time in the United States
Materials created later on in Howard Friedman's life and career, specifically during his tenure at the University of California,
Berkeley School of Architecture make up about one carton worth of material. This includes university biographies, employment
papers, speech transcripts, and class notes. Miscellaneous items such as personal photographs and photography, awards and
certificates, and publications about Friedman's work make up the remainder of the collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Architecture -- Study and teaching -- California -- Berkeley