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46 Shortlisted Entries

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Bernard Maybeck (1862–1957) with
MH White and Charles Gilman Hyde (1874–1971)

Entry 47
San Francisco, California, USA

Maybeck studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, returning to the United States in 1886. He worked first in New York, then in Kansas City and Berkeley, California. He became an instructor in architecture and drawing at the University of California. He organised a competition to design the campus, and produced town and college campus plans. Maybeck was an associate architect for the 1937 Golden Gate International Exposition, and a member of the Berkeley city planning commission. He was awarded the gold medal of the American Institute of Architects in 1951.

Mark White was an architect in the office of Bernard Maybeck.

Charles Hyde was a sanitary engineer. He prepared the section on sewage disposal and water supply for Maybeck’s competition entry. Professor of Sanitary Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, he had held a series of increasingly important positions following his graduation from Boston Technical Institute (now Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in 1896. His reputation as a consultant on sanitary matters brought him commissions until his death in 1971. He retired from teaching as Professor Emeritus in 1944.

The plan submitted by the Maybeck team has a central portion consisting of a series of nested, adjacent and interlocked triangles, the most prominent of which is formed by major avenues linking important sites and buildings.