Passion is what’s going to take you to the other end.” Born in Los Angeles on Nov.25, 1935, Berkus grew up in Pasadena, meeting and marrying his high school girlfriend, Gail Hanks, in 1957. In 2005, he married Jo Cahow, who has been a loving and caring wife.One of the greatest pleasures of his life was the fact that, throughout his architectural practice, he mentored many young architects just beginning their careers, many of whom have gone on to open their own offices throughout the country.
His designs for the Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara, to be built on Lower State Street, have been approved by the City of Santa Barbara.
Berkus, a Santa Barbara icon and award-winning architect whose work has been recognized both locally and abroad, died Friday in Santa Barbara. Berkus died at Serenity House surrounded by friends, according to Pat Moser, who worked with him. The founder and president of B3 Architects and Berkus Design Studio, Berkus and his firms have been involved in a diversity of projects over several decades, ranging from residential designs to commercial and institutional buildings and master-planned communities.
Berkus was the recipient of dozens of awards, not only for his architecture, but for his support of community groups and causes.
His influence was not limited to domestic architecture in the United States.
His interest in building systems spearheaded extensive research and development of modular housing and the study of building methods abroad.