The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2018
Berkeley Prize 2018

The 2018 Essay Prize Competition

An essay contest in Three stages open to all current full-time registered students in an undergraduate architecture degree program, undergraduates majoring in architecture, or diploma students in accredited schools of architecture worldwide. 25,000USD Purse.

Background

The Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Design Excellence endowment was established in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design to promote the investigation of architecture as a social art. Each year  the PRIZE Committee selects a topic important to the understanding of the interaction of people and the built world that becomes the focus of the Essay Competition. This year the topic is: Applying the Social Art of Architecture.

The Committee poses a Question on this website related to the topic. Students enrolled in any accredited undergraduate architecture program or diploma in architecture program throughout the world are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal in English responding to the Question (see eligibility requirements).  Undergraduate architecture students may team up with undergraduates from allied arts and social sciences programs.

From the pool of essay proposals received, approximately 25 are selected by the PRIZE Committee as particularly promising. The selected individual students, or student teams, become Semifinalists.

These Semifinalists are invited to submit a 2,500-word essay, again in English, expanding on their proposals. A group of readers, composed of Committee members and invited colleagues, selects five-to-eight of the best essays and sends these Finalist essays to a jury of international academics and architects to select the winners.

At the conclusion of the Essay Competition submittals, all Semifinalists are also invited to submit for a BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship. Details for the Fellowship will be announced in the spring 2018. Past Travel Fellowship Competition requirements, winning submissions, and follow-up reports by the winners are available to read here on the website.


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Nipun Prabhakar (BP 2014), Buddhi Bahadur’s House, Siddhipur, Kathmandu
Valley, Nepal (Undated)Nipun Prabhakar (BP 2014), Nunnery, Remote Himalayas, Nepal (2017)Aparna Ramesh (BP 2013), Cottage for Children, Bangalore, India (2015)Aparna Ramesh (BP 2013), Cottage for Children, Bangalore, India (2015)Holly Simon (BP 2011), Justin Loucks, Phil Wilson, Kevin Lo, The Public Speaker,
Calgary, Canada (2015). Photo Credit: Stenhouse PhotographyHolly Simon (BP 2011), Justin Loucks, Phil Wilson, Kevin Lo, The Public Speaker,
Calgary, Canada (2015)Neelakshi Joshi (BP 2009), Soso House, Ladakh, India (undated). Photo Credit: Sonam
WangchuckNeelakshi Joshi (BP 2009), Fieldwork at construction sites, Himalayas, India (undated)Philip Tidwell (BP 2003) and Peripheral Projects Studio, The Säie pavilion, Helsinki,
Finland (2015)Philip Tidwell (BP 2003) and Peripheral Projects Studio, The Säie pavilion, Helsinki,
Finland (2015)Tarun Bhasin (BP 2015), World Architecture Festival Student Charrette Entry (2016)Tarun Bhasin (BP 2015), World Architecture Festival Student Charrette Entry (2016)Clarence Lee (BP 2014), interior design for young couple and child, Singapore (undated)Delma Palma (BP 2014), a planned mixed-income development, Washington, D.C.,
USA (undated)Delma Palma (BP 2014), an affordable apartment building, U.S.A. (undated)Ben Wokorach (BP 2013), Fruiti-Cycle First Prototype, Kampala, Uganda (2016)Ben Wokorach (BP 2013), Fruiti-Cycle Second Prototype, Kampala, Uganda (2016)Andrew Amara (BP 2006), a workshop to engage local families in designing
affordable and sustainable shelter, Kampala, Uganda (2016)Robert Ungar (2010) and ONYA collective, a garden in a formerly abandoned entrance
to Tel-Aviv Central Bus Station, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2015)Robert Ungar (2010), Grassroots 2015, a community organized festival in ONYA
collective garden, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2015)Avikal Somvanshi (2008), The Ladder House, New Delhi, India (2012)
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