The Seventeenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2015
2015
Berkeley Prize 2015
Architects Confront Poverty
Meeting Room, Amalgamated Dwellings, New York City, USASpringsteen and Goldhammer, 1929 Boundary Street Estate Workshops, London, UK, London County Council, 1899Vending stalls, Hismen Hin-Nu Terrace, Oakland, CA, USA, Pyatok Architects, 1995Workshops, Perseigne Housing Estate, Alençon, France, Lucien Kroll, 1979BDD Chawls, Worli, India, Bombay Development Department, 1920Campus for Magic Bus, Panvel, India, 2007, RMA ArchitectsCantagallo, PeruCasa do Ataide, Paraisopolos, Sao Paolo, Brazil, URBZ Brazil, 2013Casa do Ataide, Paraisopolos, Sao Paolo, Brazil, URBZ Brazil, 2013Casa Familiar, San Ysidro, Califonia, USA, Estudio Teddy Cruz, OngoingCommunity Toilets for SPARC, Mumbai, India, RMA Architects, OngoingThe Construction of Low-cost Community Centres. New Delhi, 1978.Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute, Sidhpur, Dharmasala, India, MN Ashish Ganju, 1998Fez River Project, City of Fez, Morocco, Aziza Chaouni Projects, 2012Jungle Gym, Shivagi Nagar, India, Aditya Vipparthi and URBZ, 2014KPSP, Kibera, Kenya, Koukuey Design Initiative, OngoingLima, PeruLivonia Commons, Brooklyn, NY, Urban Quotient,  2011Manila, PhilippinesMetrocables of Medillin, Medillin, Colombia, Edison Escobar and María Patricia Bustamante, 2004Metrocables of Medillin, Medillin, Colombia, Edison Escobar and María Patricia Bustamante, 2004Mother and Child Care Centre, Dakshin Habal Village / Bagman Village, West Bengal, New Delhi, MN Ashish Ganju, 1979.Nairobi, KenyaSolar Initiative, Various Locations, Mexico, BaSiC Initiative 2003-2010Sudhir House, Saki Naka, Mumbai, India, URBZ, 2013Technical Facilitation of Indira Awas Yojana In Gujarat, India, Hunnarshala Foundation, 2011Bangkok, ThailandManufactured Sites: Emergency Housing, Estudio Teddy CruzLow Cost Housing Programme, Karachi, Pakistan, Orangi Pilot Project, 1987Floods: Relief And Rehabilitation, Sindh, Pakistan, Orangi Pilot Project, 2011Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaEmma Cosio and her children are laying out the foundations of their house. Mexicali, Mexico, Christopher AlexanderEmma Cosio’s completed house in 1976. Mexicali, Mexico, Christopher AlexanderJose Tapia’s house in 1976. Mexicali, Mexico, Christopher AlexanderJose Tapia’s house in 1984. Mexicali, Mexico, Christopher AlexanderMrs. Rodriguez in front of her home in 1984. Mexicali, Mexico, Christopher AlexanderThe homes the five families built for themselves in 1976. Mexicali, Mexico, Christopher AlexanderInside the Tapia’s home that they built with the help of students, 1976.Tow Build - 1st workshop - Nansan Town Council Official brief 4th Architecture Students on the Planning & Housing challenges in NabweruLocal market in the heart of KampalaLocal Resource and skills - use of sheet and timber to make house panelView from Mutungo of the Ourskirts of KampalaParticipation - children sketching their dream house
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Dedication

To architects and allied professionals around the world working to insure a better built environment for those living in poverty by teaming with governmental authorities, non-governmental organizations, and directly with the users in the design and building process.

Berkeley Prize Calendar

  • February 1, 2015
    (Stage Two) Essay Semifinalists' 2,500-word essays due.
  • February 8, 2015
    Launch of Fellowship Competitions for Essay Semifinalists.
  • March 8, 2015
    Travel Fellowship Entries Due.
  • Early-March, 2015
    Essay Finalists announced.

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Architect Charles Debbas and his clients are working with the Maasai people in Tanzania to help them preserve their traditional way of life in the face of 21st century pressures and living and health conditions that are threatening their continued existence. Architects are helping by providing new facilities to match new service programs tailored to the specific needs of this semi-nomadic population as demonstrated in the Introduction to this year’s BERKELEY PRIZE Question.

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2015 Essay Prize Competition

Each year, the PRIZE Committee selects a topic critical to the discussion of the social art of architecture and poses a Question based on that topic. Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in any architecture degree program or majoring in architecture throughout the world (or teams of two students, one of whom may be from a collateral discipline) are invited to submit a 500-word Essay proposal responding to the Question.

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2015 Fellowship Competitions

Students: If you become a semifinalist in the Essay competition, you have the opportunity through the TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP to propose visiting a foreign locale for a hands-on research experience tied to the subject of your Essay.

Undergraduate Faculty: Compete for an academic year TEACHING FELLOWSHIP to introduce or further your goals in teaching the wide subject of the social art of architecture with a focus on this year’s PRIZE topic.

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Berkeley Prize News

  • 12/17/2014

    2015 Essay Semifinalists announced!  27 authors from 12 countries have been advanced. See more information here.  All participants can view the Readers' comments about their Proposals by logging in.

  • 12/16/2014

    Read about the BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellows' recent participation at the International Association for Universal Design(IAUD) conference in Tokyo, Japan.  Find PowerPoint presentation and individual papers here.

  • 11/09/2014

    Read the 2014 BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship Reports!

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