2000 Maybeck Award
Mario Ciampi, FAIA
Ciampi, a San Francisco native, had a 70-year career in architecture and city planning. His vision for San Francisco was the force behind the city’s 1963 Downtown Plan, which designed pedestrian plazas into the city center, pushing back the encroachment of automobile traffic by refocusing the city on public transit.
Ciampi also designed award-winning schools, churches and other public spaces throughout California; his designs took on the international style, modern and unadorned, yet many of them embraced art. Murals and sculptural elements light up the many California schools he designed, and in the Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, he created a space that won its own admiration without detracting from the art on display. The museum brought Ciampi the AIACC’s 25-Year Award in 1996.