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

Holly Simon Bio

"I spent my early years on picturesque Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada. From ayoung age, I loved drawing, especially building perspectives and plans. I dreamt upe laborate houses from our little bungalow and re-imagined public buildings - my school, the post-office, etc.- converted for other uses.

My interest in drawing led me to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta. In my third year I was fortunate to complete anexchange in Valencia, Spain. I learned Spanish and enjoyed the architecture and culture.

After graduating college, my love of architecture and community manifested itself in arts space development work with Calgary Arts Development. I also traveled abroad exploring architecture and art in Europe and South America. In 2007, a ten-month community-based course, Leadership Calgary, opened my eyes to issues of human andsocial development. These experiences fused my interests in architecture, art and thehuman condition.

In 2009, I returned to school and to Eastern Canada to pursue a life-long dream. My early passion for drawing and design has mixed with a growing interest in humanitarian issues.

Architecture school has been very rewarding as I learn about not only history, technology and design but of the critical social context within which all architecture is created.

I am tremendously grateful to my family whom has encouraged me throughout all my endeavors."


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Ms. Holly Simon, Dalhousie University, Halifax Canada
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