The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence
Berkeley Prize 2024


Berkeley, California, USA
20, April 2014

Benjamin Clavan, Architect, AIA





Winners of the sixteenth annual international 2014 BERKELEY PRIZE Competition are announced today by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the BERKELEY UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE (

Through three distinct competitions - the Essay Competition; the Travel Fellowship Competition; and the Teaching Fellowship Competition - the international BERKELEY PRIZE competition encourages undergraduate architecture students and their teachers worldwide to go into their communities for the purpose of thinking and writing about issues central to the understanding of the social art of architecture

The 2014 BERKELEY PRIZE focuses on the topic: The Architect and the Healthful Environment.  141 undergraduate architecture students from 28 countries are participants in responding to this year’s Question:



In your city, find a building or a public place that helps create a healthful environment.  Describe the features of the healthful environment that you admire and why.  Tell us what you believe the architect did specifically to make the healthful environment work as it does.

Then find a building or a public place that offers an unhealthful environment.  Describe the features of the unhealthful environment that you do not admire and why.  As an architect, describe specifically what you would have done differently, including working with what governmental and civic resources to improve the situation.

Tell us what you have learned by this comparative analysis.


The 2014 BERKELEY PRIZE recipients are:


Essay Competition


First Place Prize

Tazrin Islam, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh: "Livability vs. Lovability" (5000USD).  See Ms. Islam’s essay here


Second Place Prize

Nipun Prabakar and Sukruti Gupta, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India: "Spaces to Grow:  A Comparative Study of Two Orphanages" (4000USD)


Third Place Prize (tie)

Michael Philpott, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada: "Healthful Halifax: Designing Healthful Spaces, Learning by Example" (3000USD)


Third Place Prize (tie)

Aparna Ramesh, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India: "The Architecture of a Healthful Learning Environment" (3000USD)


Utilizing the work of 65 Committee Members from around the world (see “Background” below), this year's four Essay Jurors are: 

ARZA CHURCHMAN: Professor Emeritus,  Technion Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Haifa, Israel; past President, International Association for People-Environment Studies; 2001 Career Achievement Award of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

SUSAN GOLTSMAN:  Children’s Environmental Designer with degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Psychology; Founding Principal of Moore, Iacofano, Goltsman (MIG), Inc., Berkeley, California, U.S.A.; author of Play for All Guidelines and The Inclusive City.

DANIEL KARLIN, M.D.: Medical Resident, UCLA Combined Program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with an emphasis on underserved medicine and global health; Recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Community Service Fellowship, and the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship, Member, BERKELEY PRIZE Committee.

ADRIANO PUPILLI, RAIA: Sydney, Australia-based architect working at the junction of art, architecture, ethics and the environment; Collaborator in Healthhabitat, and on community-led development initiatives, including Fixing Houses for Better Health; First winner of the BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship (2004).

(For full profiles of the Jurors, click here.)


Travel Fellowship Competition

This year’s winners are:

Clarence Lee Jun Yi from the Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.  Clarence will travel from Auckland to Kyoto, Japan to participate in a series of guided tours and visits to the traditional gardens of Kyoto.


Sheila Malingu from the Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda.  Sheila will travel from Kampala to Eugene, Oregon to observe the Sustainable City Year Program at the University of Oregon;  and then to Portland to participate in the 51st International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) Conference (2014).


Delma Palma from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA.  Delma will travel from Indiana to Palermo, Italy to participate in the 2014 Palermo Urban Design Summer Studio.


Revathi Veriah from the Anna University, Chennai, India.  Revathi will travel from Chennai to Sabah, Malaysia and Bali, Indonesia to participate in the Arkitrek 2014 Camp (Sabah) and to volunteer at the Green School (Bali).


(All of the students receive a 3700USD cash stipend sufficient to cover round-trip airfare, daily expenses, and program costs for their specific travel plans.  Click here for the complete proposals from the winners.)


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The Travel Fellowship requires a written and illustrated report. These will appear on the website in late Summer and early Fall, 2014. 


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The 2014 BERKELEY PRIZE is dedicated to:

The international Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), whose wide-ranging activities, including their 2013 annual conference, Healthy + Healing Places, bring focus to social issues--like healthful environments--in architecture.


Watch for the announcement of the 2015 BERKELEY PRIZE on September 15, 2014.




The BERKELEY PRIZE - How it Works

Each year, the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee poses a Question on the competition website.  Students enrolled in any undergraduate architecture program throughout the world or those in collateral disciplines teamed with such students are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal in English responding to the Question. 

From this pool of essays, approximately 25 are selected as particularly promising by the PRIZE Committee, a group of 65 international architects, architectural educators, social scientists, writers, and general thinkers.  The 25 semifinalists are then asked to submit a 2,500-word Essay expanding on their proposals. 

The Committee then selects five to eight of the best Essays and sends these finalists on to a jury of international architects and academics to select the winners.  The BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition is announced, papers submitted, and reader- and jury-reviewed all online. 

The Essay semifinalists are also offered the opportunity to participate in the BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship Competition.  Simultaneously, faculty at accredited schools of architecture worldwide who teach undergraduate architecture students are invited to apply for a year-long Teaching Fellowship.

For the Travel Fellowship, students are asked to submit a proposal of how a given architectural travel opportunity will help them capitalize on the research they did for their Essay and further their long-term academic and professional pursuits.

For the Teaching Fellowship, faculty members are asked to describe how they would integrate the principles of the social art of architecture into their ongoing studio classes for the academic year, including outreach into their local communities.

During the past sixteen years, 1719 students have submitted essays and proposals, representing dozens of schools of architecture from 61 countries.  In recognition of these efforts, the BERKELEY PRIZE is the recipient of the 2008 American Institute of Architects Collaborative Achievement Honor Award; and the 2002 American Institute of Architects' Education Honor Award. 

The BERKELEY PRIZE has also garnered international acclaim, not the least reason for which is its complete embracing of digital technology.  In partial recognition of this outreach, the 2003 BERKELEY PRIZE competition was named a special event of "World Heritage in the Digital Age," a virtual congress helping to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

Winners' biographies, photographs, and full submittals; archives of past competitions; and links to other articles on the social art of architecture are posted at


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