Modernism Week: The Midcentury Modern Campus of UC Riverside

Some of the best designers of the midcentury era are already well-known for their residential commissions. But many, such as architects Albert Frey and landscape architects Fred Barlow and Ruth Shellhorn, included campus planning and design as an important element of their oeuvre. Developed in the post-war period of phenomenal growth and optimism, UC Riverside was the first University of California campus to be planned using modernist design principles and vocabulary. Core elements of the original UCR site plan and architecture have been preserved and continue to exert a significant influence on the continuing development of the campus. 

Join landscape architect Kelly Comras, architect Jacqueline Norman and physical planner Ramasubramanian Umashankar as they discuss the growth and development of the campus. Rarely-seen photographs by iconic chroniclers of the midcentury era, including Ansel Adams and Julius Shulman, illustrate the lecture. 

The presentation and panel begins at 3 p.m.; it will be followed by the opening of the exhibition The Midcentury Modern Campus of UC Riverside, accompanied by a reception, and will continue until 6 p.m.

The reception is co-sponsored by the City of Palm Desert.

Thursday, February 21 at 3:00pm to 6:00pm


Palm Desert Center, B Lobby
75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211

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