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

Stage 1: Enter

Steps to Enter

  1. Meet the Eligibility Requirements.
  2. Write a 500-word proposal for an essay on this year's Essay Question, as posted.
  3. Provide one photograph each of your chosen projects.
  4. Submit the essay and photographs online.

Eligibility

  1. The competition is open to all current full-time registered students in an undergraduate architecture degree program or undergraduates majoring in architecture in accredited schools of architecture worldwide. Diploma in Architecture students who have not yet completed their Diploma are also eligible.
  2. Essays must be submitted in English.
  3. Finalists will be required to provide proof of current registration in the form of copies of actual school transcripts. You are still eligible to compete if you were an undergraduate student on September 15, 2017, but graduate before the awards are scheduled to be given.

Team Up

Two students (maximum) who meet the eligibility requirements above may collaborate as authors. An architecture student may team up with another undergraduate in architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies, arts and humanities, the social sciences, or engineering. If two students collaborate, then both names must appear on their essay and if awarded a prize, the prize is to be equally shared.


Photograph Requirement

You are asked to include digital photographs of your selected building(s) or place(s) with your essay. The photographs should be at a minimum 500 pixels wide, and in .jpg format. No more than two photographs will be accepted. You can use a digital camera, a film camera (and scan the printed image), or capture the image on a cell phone. The photographs should be as informative as possible in order to enable those reading the essays to determine how well you have described your subject matter. The Readers are instructed NOT to add or detract points from their evaluation because of the quality of the photograph itself. To the contrary, one of the primary purposes of the essay format is to test your skill in describing a place or building in words, rather then pictures or drawings.  As with the Readers, use the photographs to continually review how good a job you have done in describing your selected building(s) or places in words.


Judging Criteria

Judging for the essay competition is on a numeric system. The members of the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee are asked to evaluate each essay in terms of the following criteria:

  1. Does the Proposal address the Question?
  2. How creative, or creatively developed, is the Proposal?
  3. Would the Proposal be clear to a broad audience?
  4. How does the Proposal rank in terms of writing style?
  5. How socially significant is the Proposal?
  6. What is the potential for developing this Proposal into a strong essay?

Each Proposal is given a score of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest). The top approximately 25 scoring Proposals become Semifinalists.


Purse

There is a total prize of 25,000USD, minimum 7,500USD first prize.  The remaining purse is to be allocated at the discretion of the Jury.


Calendar

September 15, 2017 Launch of 2018 Essay Competition.
November 1, 2017 (Stage One) 500-word essay proposal due.
Mid-December, 2017 Essay Semifinalists announced.
February 1, 2018 (Stage Two) Essay Semifinalists' 2,500-word essays due.
February 8, 2018 Launch of Travel Fellowship Competition for Essay Semifinalists.
Early-March, 2018 Essay Finalists announced.
March 12, 2018 Travel Fellowship Entries Due.
Mid-April, 2018 Essay winners and Travel Fellowship winners Announced.

Copyright

By submitting your essay, you give the BERKELEY PRIZE the nonexclusive, perpetual right to reproduce the essay or any part of the essay, in any and all media at the BERKELEY PRIZE’s discretion.  A “nonexclusive” right means you are not restricted from publishing your paper elsewhere if you use the following attribution that must appear in that new placement: “First submitted to and/or published by the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence (www.BerkeleyPrize.org) in competition year 20(--) (and if applicable) and winner of that year’s (First, Second, Third…) Essay prize.” Finally, you warrant the essay does not violate any intellectual property rights of others and indemnify the BERKELEY PRIZE against any costs, loss, or expense arising out of a violation of this warranty.


Registration and Submission

You will be asked to complete a short registration form which will not be seen by members of the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee or Jury.

REGISTER HERE.


Additional Help and Information

Are you in need of assistance? Please email info@berkeleyprize.org.
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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