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Harrison Fraker, professor of architecture

Harrison Fraker

Harrison Fraker Jr. is professor of architecture, former dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and the 2014 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the nation's most prestigious award for architectural education.

A pioneer in passive solar, daylighting and sustainable-design research and teaching, Fraker has published seminal articles on the design potential of sustainable systems and urban-design principles for transit-oriented neighborhoods. He is pursuing a whole-systems design approach for entirely resource-self-sufficient, transit-oriented neighborhoods of 100,000 people in China, and recently led an initiative to design three transit-oriented neighborhoods for Tianjin, a city of 11 million. His current research activity includes affordable manufactured housing, urban design, sustainable development, and ecological design.