Inscribe a Patio Brick

International House makes a lasting impression on alumni and friends worldwide. Those closest to I-House can return the gesture through a gift to preserve and protect this special institution. Contributors of $500 or more to the Fund For I-House are invited to provide an inscription to be laser engraved on a brick located on the patio outside the International House Café.

Now is your chance to support the House with a onetime donation that will last a lifetime. Buy a brick (or more than one!) for yourself or in honor or memory of a loved one. Each sponsored brick will be a visible part of the House and will help ensure the legacy will continue for generations to come.

Sara and Giovanni brick

I-House alumni couple Sara Bakhtary (IH 2004) and Giovanni Gonzalez Dubois (IH 2003-04) dedicated a brick on the patio. Read their story and watch their Alumni Spotlight interview

Ordering a Brick

  • Email or fax the Brick Order Form, or call (510) 642-4128 to place order
  • $500 contribution per brick for alumni and friends
  • $300 contribution for current I-House residents

Sample brick inscriptions:

Sample Brick Inscriptions

I-House Patio

International House Berkeley

Giving Resources

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Nathaniel Rice holding his brick

Nathaniel Rice (M.A. Design) from Santa Cruz, CA inscribed his brick with a message of thanks to the House that has been his home for three years. His brick was placed near two bricks bought by residents who had recently graduated: Alberto Di Minin and Zofia Rybkowski.