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In 1964 UCI's first two buildings, the Interim Office Building and the Faculty Research Facility, were constructed on the North Campus at Jamboree and Campus Drive.

The first 8 permanent buildings were completed on the main campus in 1965, designed by famed architect William Pereira in the California "Brutalist" style. Subsequent buildings constructed during the remainder of the 1960s and into the 1970s conformed to Pereira's futuristic vision.

The 1980s and 1990s saw a shift in architectural style to the postmodern. UCI attracted nationally and internationally celebrated architects, each of whom contributed a unique vision. The goal was to make UCI's architecture as distinctive as its academic programs.

Some notable architects and their buildings:

Architect Building Year
Gehry, Frank O.
ICS/ Research Engineering Facility 1986
Rockwell Engineering Center 1990
Lin, Maya Arts Plaza 2005
Martin, Albert C. Humanities Instructional Building 1997
Pereira, William Original campus buildings, Arts Complex, and Irvine Hall 1965-1985
Stern, James AM Studio Four 1990
Stirling, James Ayala Science Library 1994
Venturi, Robert Merage School of Business II SB2 1990

University Archives Vertical Files collection. AS-163, Box 3 (Folder 27-28). Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Accessed Nov. 5, 2017.