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Mario J. Ciampi Records, 1952-1999
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Project Index

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mario J. Ciampi Records
    Dates: 1952-1999
    Collection number: 2007-6
    Creator: Ciampi, Mario J., 1907-2006
    Collector: Environmental Design Archives
    Collection Size: 2 cartons, 1 1/2 document boxes, 12 mounted drawings, 9 tubes
    Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
    University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California
    Abstract: Mario J. Ciampi Records, 1952-1999. The collection is comprised of three series: Professional Papers (biographical material, files related to awards, travel, and Ciampi's participation in the 1959 architects creativity study conducted by U.C. Berkeley's Institute for Personality Assessment & Research (IPAR)), Office Records (primarily publicity materials such as tear sheets and clip files of Ciampi's work), and Project Records (manuscript material, drawings, and visual materials).
    Physical location: Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Mario J. Ciampi Records, 2007-6, Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.

    Biographical Note

    Mario Joseph Ciampi (1907-2006)
    Mario Ciampi was a native of San Francisco. His architecture education was varied in that he studied at the San Francisco Architectural Club (1927-29), was a Special Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1930-32), and attended the Beaux Arts Institute in Paris (1932). During this time he apprenticed as a draftsman with Alexander Cantin and Dodge A. Riedy of San Francisco. He earned his certificate to practice architecture in 1935.
    Ciampi eventually gained prominence within the profession by designing schools and churches in such fast-growing communities as Daly City. In 1959, for instance, his Westmoor High School in Daly City and Sassarini Elementary School in Sonoma received two of the five honor awards given that year by the American Institute of Architects. In the 1960s, his firm went on to design the remarkable Berkeley Art Museum and the Newman Center for the University of California. He won an AIA Honor award for the much published Junipero Serra Overpass for Highway 280 on the San Francisco Peninsula. In addition to his architectural projects, Ciampi was involved in a number of significant planning projects including a master plan for San Mateo County's Jefferson High School District, St. Mary's College in Moraga, and the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
    Mr. Ciampi left his imprint on San Francisco as the consultant in charge of the city's 1963 downtown plan that included beautification of Market Street, the Embarcadero, and United Nations Plaza. He also served as a design consultant for The Golden Gateway, Yerba Buena Center, and the Ferry Plaza. According to his obituary "While many of the specifics were never implemented -- such as removing the wings of the Ferry Building to create a bayside plaza surrounding the campanile-like tower -- the result of his call for creating large squares along Market Street at BART stops is seen today at United Nations and Hallidie plazas."
    He was elected a Fellow of the AIA in 1960.
    Ciampi CV from the Ciampi collection files.
    King, John. "Mario Ciampi -- visionary, award-winning architect." San Francisco Chronicle. Saturday, July 8, 2006.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Professional Papers contain biographical material, files related to awards, travel, and Ciampi's participation in the 1959 architects creativity study conducted by U.C. Berkeley's Institute for Personality Assessment & Research. The Office Records consist primarily of publicity materials such as tear sheets and clip files of Ciampi's work. Reference files related to specific aspects of the San Francisco Downtown Plan are also included in this series. The Project Record Series contains a disappointing assortment of pieces such as a few mounted drawings of his ideas for San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center and Ferry Plaza/Embarcadero, printed planning reports, and a few drawings for projects such as S.F. Union Square, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center. Fortunately the records contain photographs and slides that present a more comprehensive view of Ciampi's important early work with public schools and churches.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Architectural firms--California.
    Architecture--California--San Francisco Bay Area--20th century.
    Architecture--Domestic--California--San Francisco Bay Area.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural records.
    Architectural drawings.
    Architectural photographs.

    Project Index

    The following is a list of architectural projects from the Mario J. Ciampi Records. For more complete information about collection contents for each project, as well as shelf location and microfilming status, download the complete Project Index in an Excel spreadsheet format by going to http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/ciampi.xls . For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/guide.htm .
    The Project Index list is arranged alphabetically by Project/Client Name and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, architect, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

    Project/Client Name (location, date, project type) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs]

    • California Division of Highways: Juniperso Serra (HWY 80) Overpass ( CA ; 1964 ; transportation ) Photographer: Ball, Jim [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • California Sate College: Feasability Study ( San Mateo, CA ; 1965 ; educational ) [Ms]
    • Ciampi, Mario: Office ( commercial ) [Ph]
    • CSU- SF: Humanities Center ( San Franciscco , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Bragstad, Jeremiah [Ph]
    • Corpus Christie Church ( San Francisco , CA ; 1952 ; religious ) Photographer: Rondal Partridge, Ernest Braun, Kem Lee [Ms, Ph]
    • Daly City Recreation Center ( Daly City , CA ; recreational ) [Ph]
    • Embarcadero Plaza [See also Ferry Park/Plaza] ( San Francisco , CA ; 1957-1971 ; planning ) [Ms]
    • Ets Hokins: Seal Rock ( San Francisco , CA ) [Ph]
    • Fernando Rivera Elementary School ( Daly City , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Karl Riek [Ph]
    • Fox Plaza: Model ( commercial ) [Ph]
    • Lagunitas Country Club ( Ross , CA ; 1998 ; recreational ) [Dr]
    • Olympia School ( educational ) [Ph]
    • Olympic Club Tennis Faciity ( San Franciso , CA ; recreational ) [Dr]
    • Pengate: Jefferson Union High School District ( San Mateo, CA ; 1962 ; planning ) [Ms]
    • Red Rock Hill Housing ( residential-multi ) [Ph]
    • San Francisco Bay Bridge ( San Francisco , CA ; 1998 ; transportation ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • San Francisco Civic Center/MOMA ( San Francisco , CA ; 1984 ; municipal ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • San Francisco Convention Center Proposal ( San Francisco , CA ; 1999 ; municipal ) [Dr, Ph]
    • San Francisco Downtown Plan ( San Francisco , CA ; ) [Dr, Ph]
    • San Francisco Ferry Park [see also Embracadero Plaza] ( San Francisco , CA ; 1982-1984 ; planning ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • San Francisco Friendship Plaza ( San Francisco , CA ; 1998 ; municipal ) [Dr, Ph]
    • San Francisco Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza Competition ( San Francisco , CA ; 2000 ; memorial ) [Ms, Dr]
    • San Francisco Market Street ( San Francisco , CA ; 1958-1971 ; planning ) Collaborator: Warnecke, John Carl (architect) [Ms, Ph]
    • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( San Francisco , CA ; ) [Dr]
    • San Francisco Union Square Competition ( San Francisco , CA ; 1997 ; planning ) [Ms, Dr]
    • San Francisco Yerba Buena Center ( San Francisco , CA ; municipal ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Seton Provincial House ( Los Altos Hills , CA ; 1974 ; religious ) Collaborator: Jorasch, R.L; Voulke, J.H. (arch) ; Photographer: Ball, Jim [Ph]
    • Siskiyou Jr. College ( CA ; educational ) [Ph]
    • Sassarini Elementary School ( Sonoma , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Karl Riek [Ph]
    • St. Mary's Master Plan ( Moraga , CA ; educational ) [Dr, Ph]
    • Unidentified Mausoleum [Dr]
    • Unidentified building [Dr]
    • U.S.Consul General Office Bldg ( Palermo, Italy ; governmental ) [Ph]
    • UC, Berkeley: Art Museum ( Berkeley , CA ; educational ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • U.C. Berkeley Development Plan ( Berkeley , CA ; planning ) [Dr]
    • UC, Berkeley: Newman Center ( Berkeley , CA ; religious ) Photographer: Riek, Karl ; Ball, Jim [Dr, Ph]
    • University of Alaska: Master Plan ( AK ; educational ) [Ph]
    • Vista Mar Elementary School ( Daly City , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Karl Riek [Ph]
    • Westmoor High School ( Daly City , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Riek, Karl; Braun, Ernest; Partridge, Rondal [Ms, Ph]