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University of California, Berkeley. College of Environmental Design. Environmental Design Archives
Title: Eldon Beck Collection
Royston, Hanamoto, Mayes & Beck
Identifier/Call Number: 2017-11
10.87 Linear feet
1 carton, 1 over-sized document box, 27 tubes
Date (inclusive): 1968-2014
Date (bulk): 1990-2006
Collection is open for research. Many of the Environmental Design Archives collections are stored offsite and advance notice
is required for use.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
[Identification of Item], Eldon Beck Collection, Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.
Arrangement and description of this collection was funded partly by The Landscape Department at UC Berkeley.
Eldon Beck was born July 7, 1931. Beck graduated from the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Landscape Architecture
in 1953. Eldon began his professional career with Eckbo, Royston, and Williams in 1956 and was offered the position of Associate
with the new firm of Royston, Hanamoto, and Mayes in 1958 when the Eckbo firm took a new direction. In 1960, he became a partner
in the firm eventually known as Royston, Hanamoto, Beck, and Abey (RHBA).
In September 1978, Beck was offered an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley so he took
a one year leave of absence from RHBA. Although he had no intention of pursuing professional work, while teaching that same
year, Beck was asked to prepare the masterplan for a new village at Whistler, British Columbia. According to Beck, "The appeal
was irresistible. This was to be the first new mountain resort village in North America, pedestrian spaces were to be dominate,
free of automobiles, and the village leadership was enthusiastic. This was the beginning of a thirty-five year working relationship
In September 1979, Eldon left RHBA and established the firm of Eldon Beck, Landscape Architects with three employees, Steve
Perkins, Renee Bradshaw, and Hope Rehlander, all graduates of the UC Berkeley Landscape Program. In 1985 additional major
projects were offered and the corporation of Eldon Beck Associates was formed. Eldon continued to teach at Berkeley until
With many projects throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, and France, the office grew in size. All projects from
1998 to 2013 were with Canadian clients, and collaborative working arrangements were established with Architects and Landscape
Architects in Vancouver, Montreal, France, and Australia. Village master planning was the dominate work in Eldon's practice
during this time. After completing the initial plans, Beck often provided services as a design advisor through approval and
Eldon also served on design review boards, including the BCDC (A Bay Conservation Development Commission) (1983-1989 Chairman
1986-1989), The Sea Ranch Design Review Board (1986-1996), and the University of Colorado Design Review Board (1994-2006).
Beck was an active ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Board Member (1979-1983), elected as Fellow, and served
in the National CLARB committee (Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, 1982-1987, Chairman 1984-1986) responsible
for preparing the national examination.
System of Arrangement
This collection is organized into three series: Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project Records.
Scope and Contents
The Eldon Beck Collection spans the years 1968-2014 (bulk 1990-2006), and includes files created by Beck while working for
RHBA and for his own practice. The collection is organized into three series: Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project
Records. The collection documents his career including his work at RHBA, his own landscape architectural practice, and teaching
at the University of California, Berkeley. His career focused on designing landscapes for commercial and recreational spaces,
of which many are well documented in this collection.
The Professional Papers series contains correspondence, presentation materials, records relating to involvement with associations
and committees, awards, research, and reference files. The most significant materials in the Office Records series include
brochures, photographs, and news clippings that extensively document completed projects. Project Records containing drawings,
photographs, and files comprise the majority of the collection and span the entirety of Beck's career. Well documented projects
include the Olympic Athletes Village in Whistler (2006-2010), Whistler Village and Town Center (1978-2010), Mont Tremblant
Village (1991-2000), Snowmass Village (2001-2004), and Remarkables Park (1996-2005).
For related materials to the items in this collection, please see the following finding aids:
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Landscape architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California.
Landscape Architecture Firms