The Thirteenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectual Design Excellence 2011
Berkeley Prize 2011

Rebecca David Bio

"I was born in Stockholm, Sweden, but grew up travelling, between Melbourne, Australia, Stockholm, New York and Jerusalem. I finished a first degree in Planning and Design (Architecture) at the University of Melbourne, and am currently finishing my Architectural studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.

Architecture was never an obvious choice of study for me. I fell into it not knowing quite what it was, choosing a course which I felt was a mix between Art and Science. Thus I am pleasantly surprised how my appreciation of Architecture has developed and matured over the years.

I am in my last year of Architecture and am greatly enjoying my final project on the topic of Ruins in the Urban Fabric, whilst working at a firm dealing with architectural preservation in Israel.

This year's topic of Valuing the Sacred, woke something within me. I am always looking for the meaning in architecture and life. Architecture is more than simply designing beautiful buildings, it is about creating meaningful, complex and contradictory spaces. It is about searching for the sacred space that brings people together, this is the social art behind architecture."

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