This collection contains the papers of Francis Violich, urban planner, landscape architect, educator and author. The papers
primarily document Violich’s involvement in city planning, urbanization, development and the education of planners, from the
early 1940s-mid 1970s, and reflect his interest in resolving social inequality through urban design in California, Latin America,
Spain and Yugoslavia.
Francis Violich was born to Croatian parents in San Francisco in 1911. He graduated from Lowell High School and from University
of California, Berkeley with a 1934 bachelor's degree in landscape architecture. Two years later, he was awarded a Heller
Charitable and Educational Fund fellowship for graduate studies in city planning at Harvard University and the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. His interest was how to design urban places to resolve social inequality. While on a 1941-1942 research
grant to study urban planning in Latin America, Violich met and married Mariantonia Sanabria (d. 1989) of Caracas, Venezuela.
Violich published his first book, Cities of Latin America: Planning and Housing in the South, in 1944. It was considered the first comprehensive work on planning and housing in Latin America and as a result Violich
was invited by what became the Organization of American States to start an exchange program on urban planning in the region.
His other books includedCommunity Development and the Urban Planning Process in Latin America, andUrban Planning for Latin America: The Challenge of Metropolitan Growth.
19.15 linear feet
(15 cartons, 1 box)
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