|The Nineth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectual Design Excellence 2007|
Rodney Harber currently chairs B.E.R.T. (Bureau of Research and Technology) on behalf of the Africa Union of Architects, which involves thought provoking visits to Schools of Architecture and cities throughout Africa. He serves on the UIA/UNESCO Validation and other committees, and participated in the Global Studio at the UIA Congress in Istanbul. Here he presented the bid to host the 2014 UIA Congress on behalf of Africa.
He currently serves on the Scientific Committee for UIA Torino 2008. In South Africa he participates on heritage councils and is a founder member and director of the pro-poor advocacy organisation, the Built Environment Support Group.
Harber was an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Housing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, where he taught for 35 years. During this time he visited and taught at schools in Norway, Denmark, Holland, England, India, Australia and all over Africa, which he continues to do. His Architecture and Planning consultancy—Harber & Associates—has received world wide recognition for designs rooted in the socio-political realities of poverty where aspects of sustainability are paramount. Much of the work focuses on special needs for children and especially to avert the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic raging in Africa. Many of his projects have received awards.
Nguyen Chi Tam. Born in Vietnam, Nguyen came to France as a political refugee in 1976, and has been living in Paris ever since. In 1996 he graduated as an architect and won the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation prize. In 1996 he began working at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
In 2000, Nguyen Chi Tam joined hands with Charlotte Julliard to create theskyisbeautiful, in response to the condition of our planet. Nguyen hopes to create a natural link between nature and humanity through this project. In his view, by such careful actions in the city, architecture becomes useful to people and by similar actions in the countryside, nature can also be preserved.
Over the last ten years he has worked on many projects, including the EMI Music France headquarters in Paris and the urban project of “Cité Internationale de Lyon” with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and the Bamboo School in Nha Trang, Vietnam with theskyisbeautiful. The Bamboo School won the 2004 Environmental Award from the Cityscape Architectural Review, and has been mentioned in numerous publications.
Liz Ogbu is a Designer & Project Manager at Public Architecture, a nonprofit architecture firm located in San Francisco whose mission is to put the resources of architecture in service of the public interest. Previously, Liz was a designer at Simon Martin-Vegue Winklestein Morris (SMWM), an architecture and urban design firm in San Francisco.
She has been the recipient of several traveling fellowships, including the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Through these grants, she has pursued research projects, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, examining the intersections in the socioeconomic and physical spaces of the informal sector. Findings from this work have been presented at several conferences both in the U.S. and abroad, and were the subject of her Master's thesis.
Liz has also been involved with many community focused projects and organizations here in the U.S., including the launch of the Community Design: Now or Never website and its associated symposium; the Mayors' Institute on City Design; a design outreach program for local youth in Cambridge and Boston; and an affordable housing developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also served on the planning committee for Structures for Inclusion 6, which Public Architecture co-hosted in 2006. Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Wellesley College and Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Ron Van Oers holds a Master of Science in urban planning and Master of Technological Design focusing on conservation. In 2000 he took his PhD from Delft University, for his research on the principles of Dutch Colonial Town Planning, 1600-1800. He has served as Assistant Course Director for the international Master of Science Programme Renewal and Redesign of City Areas at the Faculty of Architecture at Delft.
He has also worked in Suriname on the conservation and rehabilitation of Paramaribo and the preparation of the dossier to nominate the historic inner city for UNESCO's World Heritage List. Currently he is Programme Specialist at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, where he coordinates the US$ 2.0 million Netherlands Funds-in-Trust at UNESCO, as well as two global thematic programmes: the Programme on Modern Heritage and the World Heritage Cities Programme.
He holds a position as Research Fellow at Delft University of Technology and within ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) he is Voting Member for the Netherlands in the International Scientific Committee for Cultural Routes.
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