An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus


Architectural Images and Imaginings from UC Santa Cruz’s Early Years
Curated by emeriti professors James Clifford, Michael Cowan, Virginia Jansen, and emeritus campus architect Frank Zwart.

In the visions that shaped the campus, an extraordinary physical site was linked with an innovative educational project. The exhibition, originally presented last spring at the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at Porter College, traces decisive moments in the early creation of UCSC’s built environment. It describes paths taken and not taken in the first decades of campus development—decisions, constraints, hopes, realities—and it celebrates the achievement of UCSC’s founding planners while analyzing the tensions and contradictions they built into the campus. Through many transformations, the university that took shape in rugged and forested terrain atop a high hill remains a unique and inspiring place.

Exhibition Runs:
September 18 - October 25, 2015

Reception: Friday, September 18, 5-7 pm

Location details: 

Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College

Gallery hours:
Tuesday - Sunday
11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Gallery is closed for all University holidays.

Visitor parking information at

Invited Audience: 
Event dates: 
09/18/2015 (All day)