Art + Architecture — CELASA — Urban Affairs — Urban Agriculture — Urban Studies
Seth  Wachtel

Seth Wachtel

A + A Department Chair, Associate Professor

Seth Wachtel is Chair of the Dept. of Art + Architecture and is Co-Director of the Garden Project Living-Learning Community at the University of San Francisco. He received his March from UC Berkeley in 1987 and has worked in architecture and construction in India, Colombia, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is low-income housing and the development of innovative construction techniques that produce sustainable and aesthetically and culturally appropriate buildings for human environments. Professor Wachtel runs the Community Design Outreach and International Projects courses, which provide students the opportunity to work on real world design/build projects for underserved communities both locally and internationally. The Garden Project Community, which he co-directs, is an innovative Living-Learning program, in which students are establishing the first organic community garden on the University of San Francisco campus. He is a founding member of the Building Process Alliance and is a partner with 9th Street Workshop, an architecture and building firm. He is also a recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Full-Time Faculty Service Award.

Administrative Appointments

Chair, Dept. of Art + Architecture

Research Areas

Community Design
Park Design
Urban farming and gardens
Student Outreach Projects in the Developing World and in local underserved communities