UC Berkeley has announced a $15 million gift from David Woo, alumnus and director of Hong Kong-based Woo Hon Fai Holdings, in support of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, whose current home he helped design more than forty years ago.
Made in honor of Woo’s late father, Woo Hon Fai, the gift includes $14 million to a capital campaign for a new building and $1 million for an endowed faculty chair in the College of Environmental Design, which will be doubled to $2 million when matched by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as part of the Hewlett Challenge for Faculty Support. While the museum will move to a new location in downtown Berkeley, its current facility will continue to be known as Woo Hon Fai Hall.
Over the course of his successful business career, Woo Hon Fai served as founding chairman of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, president of the Gold and Silver Exchange Society of Hong Kong, deputy chairman of the Hong Kong Commodity Exchange, and vice chairman of the Hong Kong Real Estate Association.
David Woo graduated from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design in 1967 and began his career as an architect working on the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
“David Woo used the strength of his ideas and the energy of his youth to help build one of our notable and beloved campus buildings,” said UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau. “Four decades later, Mr. Woo renews his commitment to this world-class university with his generous philanthropy. This gift is a moving and significant tribute to the campus, international alumni community, future Berkeley scholars and to Mr. Woo’s family.”
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