|The Nineth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectual Design Excellence 2007|
Stage 2: Semifinalists
We are happy to announce that 25 contestants have advanced to the Semifinalist round (Stage Two) of the Berkeley Prize 2007 competition. Architecture students from 14 countries entered this year's competition, including Australia, Argentina, Iran, India, China, Nigeria, and others. Semifinalists are invited to submit a 2500-word essay based on their 500-word proposal by midnight, Universal Coordinated Time (Greenwich Mean Time), February 28. The top five to seven essays will be selected for final judging by the Berkeley Prize Jury.
Opeyemi Adewale, Federal University of Tech. Minna, Nigeria
Georgia Bowen, University of Sydney, Australia
Budoor Bukhari, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sarah Button, Carleton University, Canada
Justine Cheng, Cornell University, USA
Matthew Clarke, University of Kentucky, USA
Parisa Davachi and Soheil Karagah, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Audrey Davenport, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA
David Davies, University of Liverpool, UK
Matthew Hague, University of Waterloo, Canada
Miriam Ho, University of Waterloo, Canada
Ksenia Kagner, University of Waterloo, Canada
Eslam Khalil, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA
Talha Khwaja, Oklahoma State University, USA
Andrew King, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA
Debra Maxwell, Drachman Institute, USA
Kate Milligan, RMIT, Australia
Sara Navrady, University of Waterloo, Canada
Mina Rafiee, Tehran University, Iran
Lisamarie Rusate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Hugh Snelgrove, Sydney University, Australia
Gabriela Sorda, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Deniz Tavli, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Manijeh Verghese, Wellesley College, USA
Andrew Young Gankuba, Makerere University, Uganda
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO SEMIFINALISTS
We compliment all of the Semifinalists on the extraordinary diversity of ideas and approaches in response to this year's Question. Such responses indicate the depth of interest and concern for Architecture as a Social Art. As an essay competition, the Berkeley Prize encourages the translation of these interests and concerns into a format for communication both to those within the profession and the wider public.
THOUGHTFULLY CONSIDER YOUR WRITING BEFORE SUBMITTAL
Before you begin to write the 2,500 word essay, it is essential that you carefully consider the Reviewers' comments about your Proposal for the essay. These comments are meant to help you write a winning essay. Please review your reviewer comments in your Author Portfolio.
You have almost six weeks to produce your essay in final form. Use at least four of these weeks creatively to improve your writing abilities in English. Read some good prose written in English. Novels, poetry and architectural writing are great teachers.
Finally, try out your ideas on others before sending your essay. Ask a friend to read your essay before submitting it. Better yet, show it to two friends: one, a fellow architecture student; the second, a person not familiar with the discipline or profession. Use their input and if you can prevail on them, ask them to read your revised draft.
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