1970s and 1980s

Long Range Development Plan- 1975

1975 Long Range Development Plan

Charles Luckman Associates' contract as executive architects for the campus ended in 1968. They were succeeded by Robson Chambers (previously a highly regarded member of Frey and Chambers Architects in Palm Springs), who served as the campus architect until 1981. The extended architectural vocabulary of the Pereira and Luckman era was carried forward, to a small degree, during Chambers time. Though in 1968, a radical departure from the architectural style appeared in the Faculty Club by Moore and Turnbull. 

Faculty Club

Faculty Club

Faculty Club by Moore & Turnbull

Charles Moore (1925-1993) designed the original Faculty Club in 1968 with William Turnbull, Jr. at the behest of faculty. The faculty wanted a location on campus to bring guests and visiting colleagues. With its sloping roofline, high windows, and neon interior accents, it was a radical departure from the Pereira and Luckman campus plan. It was able to achieve such a departure due to the input of faculty-- the building was funded by faculty and therefore did not have to conform to the standard University building review practice.

The building became a symbol of exclusivity to the students in the late 60s, and in 1969 a bomb that was placed on the patio exploded and killed Faculty Club caretaker Dover Sharp. This ushered in a time of civil and academic unrest within UCSB and Isla Vista.

The Faculty Club is now known for serving upscale lunch and its new wing of 30 guest rooms, all updated in 2016 by Charles Moore’s successor firm, Moore Rubell Yudell.

Storke Tower

Storke Tower-- Student Publications Building

Storke Tower

The late 60s finished the Pereira & Luckman design plan with Music 2, Ellison Hall, and Broida Hall being completed utilizing both the original campus standard and late campus standard architectural vocabulary. Storke Tower paved the way for a more eclectic master plan, with its Brutalist style of cast concrete and sharp edges.   

Killingsworth, Brady, & Associates

Student Health Center elevations

Student Health Center

The mid-century modern style of Killingsworth is displayed in the elevation drawings for the Student Health Center, even if the eventual buildings end up not looking as streamlined, but rather more blocky and less refined. The highly acclaimed firm Killingsworth, Brady, & Associates designed many mid-century modern civic, commercial, and residential buildings in Southern California as well as a large number of luxury hotels throughout the world. 

Storke Family Student Housing

Family Student Housing

As the 1960s ended, more graduate programs and graduate students indicated a need for more housing. The availabilty of the land surrounding Los Carneros Road allowed for needed expansion of student housing. The area (now referred to as the Storke Campus) contains a large amount of campus housing, including Family student housing, transfer student housing (at Santa Ynez apartments), single graduate student housing (San Clemente), and visiting scholar housing (the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics short term housing at the corner of Los Carneros and El Colegio Road). All of the buildings in this area are in the Spanish Revival style, much more in line with typical Santa Barbara architecture than the rest of campus or Isla Vista.

The social unrest of the late 60s/early 70s had a great effect on campus. The burning of the bank and the Isla Vista riots in 1970 curtailed the forecasted growth in the student population (the 1966 long range plan projected that the undergraduate enrollment by 1986 would be 25000). This shift in growth and culture is reflected in the lack of new buildings. Only two major buildings were built in the later part of the 70s, and they reflect the times. Both Kerr Hall/ Learning Resources (1975) and the 4th addition to the library (1977), feature an almost Brutalist architectural style, featuring exposed concrete, sharp corners, and rough designs. The downturn in construction is also reflected in the lack of materials in the ADC collections for the campus. 

1970s and 1980s