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Architect , educator

Joseph Esherick, American Architect, educator. Registered architect, Missouri, Idaho, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, New York, Utah, Nevada, United Kingdom. Recipient numerous awards, fellowships and grants for excellence in architecture including: Honor award San Francisco Art Commission, 1981, Medal of Excellence, 1982, Maybeck award American Institute of Architects California Council, 1992.


Esherick, Joseph was born on December 28, 1914 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Josep and Helen (Gangwisch) Esherick.


Bachelor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1937.


Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1937, Esherick set up practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1953 and taught at University of California, Berkeley for many years. He was awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 1989. Inheriting the Bay Area architectural tradition of figures like Bernard Maybeck and William Wurster, Esherick's designs for hundreds of houses through his career centered on attention to regional traditions, site requirements, and user needs.

The CED encompassed disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, environmental planning and city planning, and served as a nexus for figures like Christopher Alexander, Catherine Bauer, Galen Cranz, Donlyn Lyndon, Roger Montgomery, Charles Moore, and William Wilson Wurster. The firm continues today as EHDD Architecture. In 1976, Esherick was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1990.

Esherick was the nephew of American sculptor Wharton Esherick.


  • In 1959, Esherick was the co-founder, along with William Wurster and Vernon DeMars, of Berkeley's influential College of Environmental Design (CED). In 1972 Esherick reorganized his office, turning away from houses to more commercial and academic work, with three longtime associates George Homsey, Peter Dodge and Chuck Davis to form Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis, the winner of the 1986 Architecture Firm Award. In 1989 Esherick received the AIA Gold Medal.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor chapters to books, articles to professional journals. Subject of numerous books. Architectural works include: Wurster Hall, University Calif, Berkeley, 1964, Church Christ Savior, San Francisco, 1966, The Cannery, San Francisco, 1966, New Exhibits, San Francisco Zoological Gardens, 1977, Gallo House, Modesto, California, 1977, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro Library.

      , San Francisco, 1985, Henry's Fork Lodge, Island Park, Idaho, 1991.


Fellow American Institute of Architects (numerous committees, Gold medal 1989). Member National Academy of Design, Lambda Alpha.


Married Rebecca Wood, 1939. Children– Lisa, Joseph, Peter. Married Ann Rowe, 1953.

Children– Maria, Julia. Married Norma Nashida, 1981.

Josep Esherick

Helen (Gangwisch) Esherick

Norma Nashida

Ann Rowe

Rebecca Wood

Peter Esherick

Maria Esherick

Joseph Esherick

Julia Esherick

Lisa Esherick