Mario J. Ciampi Records, 1952-1999

Processed by Waverly Lowell
Environmental Design Archives
College of Environmental Design
230 Wurster Hall #1820
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
Phone: (510) 642-5124
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Email: designarchives@berkeley.edu
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Mario J. Ciampi Records, 1952-1999

Collection number: 2007-6

Environmental Design Archives

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • Environmental Design Archives
  • College of Environmental Design
  • 230 Wurster Hall #1820
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
  • Phone: (510) 642-5124
  • Fax: (510) 642-2824
  • Email: designarchives@berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/
Processed by:
Waverly Lowell
Date Completed:
May 2011
Encoded by:
Emma Keefe
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mario J. Ciampi Records
Dates: 1952-1999
Collection number: 2007-6
Creator: Ciampi, Mario J., 1907-2006
Collector: Environmental Design Archives
Collection Size: 2 cartons, 1 1/2 document boxes, 12 mounted drawings, 9 tubes
Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California
Abstract: Mario J. Ciampi Records, 1952-1999. The collection is comprised of three series: Professional Papers (biographical material, files related to awards, travel, and Ciampi's participation in the 1959 architects creativity study conducted by U.C. Berkeley's Institute for Personality Assessment & Research (IPAR)), Office Records (primarily publicity materials such as tear sheets and clip files of Ciampi's work), and Project Records (manuscript material, drawings, and visual materials).
Physical location: Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Mario J. Ciampi Records, 2007-6, Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.

Biographical Note

Mario Joseph Ciampi (1907-2006)
Mario Ciampi was a native of San Francisco. His architecture education was varied in that he studied at the San Francisco Architectural Club (1927-29), was a Special Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1930-32), and attended the Beaux Arts Institute in Paris (1932). During this time he apprenticed as a draftsman with Alexander Cantin and Dodge A. Riedy of San Francisco. He earned his certificate to practice architecture in 1935.
Ciampi eventually gained prominence within the profession by designing schools and churches in such fast-growing communities as Daly City. In 1959, for instance, his Westmoor High School in Daly City and Sassarini Elementary School in Sonoma received two of the five honor awards given that year by the American Institute of Architects. In the 1960s, his firm went on to design the remarkable Berkeley Art Museum and the Newman Center for the University of California. He won an AIA Honor award for the much published Junipero Serra Overpass for Highway 280 on the San Francisco Peninsula. In addition to his architectural projects, Ciampi was involved in a number of significant planning projects including a master plan for San Mateo County's Jefferson High School District, St. Mary's College in Moraga, and the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
Mr. Ciampi left his imprint on San Francisco as the consultant in charge of the city's 1963 downtown plan that included beautification of Market Street, the Embarcadero, and United Nations Plaza. He also served as a design consultant for The Golden Gateway, Yerba Buena Center, and the Ferry Plaza. According to his obituary "While many of the specifics were never implemented -- such as removing the wings of the Ferry Building to create a bayside plaza surrounding the campanile-like tower -- the result of his call for creating large squares along Market Street at BART stops is seen today at United Nations and Hallidie plazas."
He was elected a Fellow of the AIA in 1960.
Sources:
Ciampi CV from the Ciampi collection files.
King, John. "Mario Ciampi -- visionary, award-winning architect." San Francisco Chronicle. Saturday, July 8, 2006.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Professional Papers contain biographical material, files related to awards, travel, and Ciampi's participation in the 1959 architects creativity study conducted by U.C. Berkeley's Institute for Personality Assessment & Research. The Office Records consist primarily of publicity materials such as tear sheets and clip files of Ciampi's work. Reference files related to specific aspects of the San Francisco Downtown Plan are also included in this series. The Project Record Series contains a disappointing assortment of pieces such as a few mounted drawings of his ideas for San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center and Ferry Plaza/Embarcadero, printed planning reports, and a few drawings for projects such as S.F. Union Square, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center. Fortunately the records contain photographs and slides that present a more comprehensive view of Ciampi's important early work with public schools and churches.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Architects--California.
Architecture--California.
Architectural firms--California.
Architecture--California--San Francisco Bay Area--20th century.
Architecture--Domestic--California--San Francisco Bay Area.

Genres and Forms of Material

Architectural records.
Photographs.
Architectural drawings.
Architectural photographs.
Clippings.
Slides.

Project Index

The following is a list of architectural projects from the Mario J. Ciampi Records. For more complete information about collection contents for each project, as well as shelf location and microfilming status, download the complete Project Index in an Excel spreadsheet format by going to http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/ciampi.xls . For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/guide.htm .
The Project Index list is arranged alphabetically by Project/Client Name and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, architect, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

Project/Client Name (location, date, project type) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs]

  • California Division of Highways: Juniperso Serra (HWY 80) Overpass ( CA ; 1964 ; transportation ) Photographer: Ball, Jim [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • California Sate College: Feasability Study ( San Mateo, CA ; 1965 ; educational ) [Ms]
  • Ciampi, Mario: Office ( commercial ) [Ph]
  • CSU- SF: Humanities Center ( San Franciscco , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Bragstad, Jeremiah [Ph]
  • Corpus Christie Church ( San Francisco , CA ; 1952 ; religious ) Photographer: Rondal Partridge, Ernest Braun, Kem Lee [Ms, Ph]
  • Daly City Recreation Center ( Daly City , CA ; recreational ) [Ph]
  • Embarcadero Plaza [See also Ferry Park/Plaza] ( San Francisco , CA ; 1957-1971 ; planning ) [Ms]
  • Ets Hokins: Seal Rock ( San Francisco , CA ) [Ph]
  • Fernando Rivera Elementary School ( Daly City , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Karl Riek [Ph]
  • Fox Plaza: Model ( commercial ) [Ph]
  • Lagunitas Country Club ( Ross , CA ; 1998 ; recreational ) [Dr]
  • Olympia School ( educational ) [Ph]
  • Olympic Club Tennis Faciity ( San Franciso , CA ; recreational ) [Dr]
  • Pengate: Jefferson Union High School District ( San Mateo, CA ; 1962 ; planning ) [Ms]
  • Red Rock Hill Housing ( residential-multi ) [Ph]
  • San Francisco Bay Bridge ( San Francisco , CA ; 1998 ; transportation ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • San Francisco Civic Center/MOMA ( San Francisco , CA ; 1984 ; municipal ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • San Francisco Convention Center Proposal ( San Francisco , CA ; 1999 ; municipal ) [Dr, Ph]
  • San Francisco Downtown Plan ( San Francisco , CA ; ) [Dr, Ph]
  • San Francisco Ferry Park [see also Embracadero Plaza] ( San Francisco , CA ; 1982-1984 ; planning ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • San Francisco Friendship Plaza ( San Francisco , CA ; 1998 ; municipal ) [Dr, Ph]
  • San Francisco Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza Competition ( San Francisco , CA ; 2000 ; memorial ) [Ms, Dr]
  • San Francisco Market Street ( San Francisco , CA ; 1958-1971 ; planning ) Collaborator: Warnecke, John Carl (architect) [Ms, Ph]
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( San Francisco , CA ; ) [Dr]
  • San Francisco Union Square Competition ( San Francisco , CA ; 1997 ; planning ) [Ms, Dr]
  • San Francisco Yerba Buena Center ( San Francisco , CA ; municipal ) [Ms, Dr]
  • Seton Provincial House ( Los Altos Hills , CA ; 1974 ; religious ) Collaborator: Jorasch, R.L; Voulke, J.H. (arch) ; Photographer: Ball, Jim [Ph]
  • Siskiyou Jr. College ( CA ; educational ) [Ph]
  • Sassarini Elementary School ( Sonoma , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Karl Riek [Ph]
  • St. Mary's Master Plan ( Moraga , CA ; educational ) [Dr, Ph]
  • Unidentified Mausoleum [Dr]
  • Unidentified building [Dr]
  • U.S.Consul General Office Bldg ( Palermo, Italy ; governmental ) [Ph]
  • UC, Berkeley: Art Museum ( Berkeley , CA ; educational ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • U.C. Berkeley Development Plan ( Berkeley , CA ; planning ) [Dr]
  • UC, Berkeley: Newman Center ( Berkeley , CA ; religious ) Photographer: Riek, Karl ; Ball, Jim [Dr, Ph]
  • University of Alaska: Master Plan ( AK ; educational ) [Ph]
  • Vista Mar Elementary School ( Daly City , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Karl Riek [Ph]
  • Westmoor High School ( Daly City , CA ; educational ) Photographer: Riek, Karl; Braun, Ernest; Partridge, Rondal [Ms, Ph]

Series Description and Container List

 

SERIES I. Professional Papers

Physical Description: Box 1

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Professional Papers contain biographical material, files related to awards, travel, and Ciampi's participation in the 1959 architects creativity study conducted by U.C. Berkeley's Institute for Personality Assessment & Research (IPAR).
 

A. Biographical Information

Box 1, Folder 1

Portrait, 1973

Box 1, Folder 2

Biographical Information, 1962-2001

Box 1, Folder 3

Resumes, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 4

Clippings & Correspondence, 1961-2005

Box 1, Folder 5

Student Work (1929) postcards, 1985

Box 1, Folder 6

Professional Files, misc., 1948-1957

Box 1, Folder 7

AIA-SF exhibit of Ciampi work, 1991

 

B. Travel

Box 1, Folder 8

Sketches, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 9

Slides, 1959-1982

 

C. Awards

Box 1, Folder 10

Various Awards, 1958-2001

Box 1, Folder 11

AIA 25 year Award for Berkeley Art Museum, 1996-2001

Box 1, Folder 12

Maybeck Award, 1999

 

D. Writing

Box 1, Folder 13

An Architects Philosophy of Structure, 1960

 

E. IPAR Study (Institute for Personality Assessment & Research)

Box 1, Folder 14

Donald MacKinnon Presentation, 1959

Box 1, Folder 15

MacKinnon, Donald - "Creativity Study," 1960

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence : Stephanie Dudek, 1990

 

SERIES II. Office Records

Physical Description: Box 1

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Office Records consist primarily of publicity materials such as tear sheets and clip files of Ciampi's work. Reference files related to specific aspects of the San Francisco Downtown Plan are also included in this series.
 

A. Publicity

Box 1, Folder 1

Melchert Sculptures, 1967-1968

Box 1, Folder 2-3

Publicity Files, 1931-1973

Box 1, Folder 4

Churches, 1947-1977

Box 1, Folder 5

Schools, 1957-2004

Box 1, Folder 6

California Division of Highways - Junipero Serra Overpass, 1964

Box 1, Folder 7

Corpus Christi Church, 1947-1973

Box 1, Folder 8

Westmore High School, 1955-1964

Box 3, Folder 35

Photographs of Ciampi Office, n.d.

 

B. Reference Files

Box 1, Folder 9

San Francisco - Embarcadero/Ferry Plaza, 1957-1971

Box 1, Folder 10

San Francisco - Golden Gateway: Advisory Board for Review, 1960-1965

Box 1, Folder 11

San Francisco - Market Street, 1958-1971

 

SERIES III. Project Records

Physical Description: Box 1

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Project Record Series contains a disappointing assortment of pieces such as a few mounted drawings of his ideas for San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center and Ferry Plaza/Embarcadero, printed planning reports, and 9 tubes of drawings for projects such as S.F. Union Square, the Berkeley Art Museum, and a San Francisco Bay Bridge. Fortunately the records contain photographs and slides that present a more comprehensive view of Ciampi's important early work with public schools and churches.
 

A. Manuscripts

 

**See Project Index

 

B. Drawings

 

**See Project Index

 

C. Visual Materials

 

**See Project Index