Sam Davis

professor emeritus, architecture

Sam Davis is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, where he taught for 38 years. He served as interim dean of the College of Environmental Design in 2008-9, interim dean of the School of Social Welfare in 2011-12, chair of the Architecture Department from 1993 to 1996 and associate dean of the College of Environmental Design from 1998 to 2002. Davis received the campus's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1973 and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects in 1995. He has written three books on housing: The Form of Housing, The Architecture of Affordable Housing, and Designing for the Homeless: Architecture that Works. This work was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003. He is the founding principal of Sam Davis Architecture, a Berkeley firm with 40 years of housing experience. Working with institutions, non-profit developers and service providers, the firm has designed housing for a wide range of people, many with special needs, including families, students, seniors, young people with HIV and AIDS, homeless youth, and homeless adults. The firm has won many design awards and competitions and its work has been published in the United States, Great Britain, and Japan. Davis is a graduate of the schools of architecture at UC Berkeley and Yale and was elected to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1985.