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

To Enter

As a Semifinalist you have identified an aspect of Valuing the Sacred that you feel is important to your community. You are now asked to propose an idea for an architectural student design competition that you will run that will help foster a better understanding of the role of the sacred in the community.  Based on your answers to the following points below, the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee will award the Design Fellowship to the author of the proposed competition that the Committee feels is both the most interesting and the most likely to succeed.

Here are the ground rules:

  1. Your competition must address the topic of Valuing the Sacred you identified in your BERKELEY PRIZE essay.
  2. Your competition should be structured so that one of the primary goals is that the winning design could be potentially built, assembled, and/or the idea actually used by the public.
  3. It is intended that at least the first stage of your competition should be concluded by the launch of BERKELEY PRIZE 2012, in mid-September 2011.  The entire competition must be concluded by the end of 2011, but hopefully earlier.
  4. Your competition must be fully endorsed by your academic institution and you must be sponsored by a member of the Faculty or the Administration.

Submission requirements:

A)   A 1250-word written Proposal giving specific details about the following items (these are guiding questions and should not necessarily be answered in a questionnaire format):

  1. What is the title of the competition?
  2. Is the competition an essay, a sketch or design problem, a combination of the two, or something entirely different?
  3. How many hours/days/weeks will students have to complete the competition?
  4. Will students work alone or in teams? Explain your decision.
  5. How would you publicize the competition?
  6. Whom would you invite to serve on the Jury? At least two members of the Jury must be on the Faculty of your school. Provide names, titles and e-mail addresses for each proposed jury member.
  7. What should be the criteria for evaluating the entries?
  8. If the competition is a design problem, specify the size and number of any required drawings and/or models.
  9. What is the schedule for the competition?
  10. How would you interest the local community, including design professionals, in your competition?
  11. How would you distribute the prize money (see, Awards, below)?
  12. How would you document the competition for the BERKELEY PRIZE web site?
  13. What else can you tell us about implementing your competition?

B)   Two letters: 

  1. One from the faculty member at your school who endorses your competition and who would serve as the Faculty Advisor. Your proposal should include the name(s) of that person(s), their title and their e-mail address.
  2. One letter from an appropriate official at your school endorsing the competition on behalf of the school.


  1. The BERKELEY PRIZE will award the student whose competition proposal is selected an honorarium of 2500USD. Any costs associated with mounting the competition are to be deducted from this honorarium at the student’s discretion. The award will be dispensed upon substantiation of the start of preparations for the competition.
  2. The BERKELEY PRIZE will provide 2500USD in prize money for the winners of the selected competition, to be distributed directly to the student winners in the amounts determined by the competition rules. The cash awards will be dispensed upon receipt of a digital portfolio from the winning designer(s), hopefully in conjunction with the local announcement of the competition winners.



If you are ready to submit your 1250-word Proposal and Letters of Recommendation, please follow the link above. You may return as many times as you like to modify your Proposal.

Proposals due anytime before midnight, GMT, March 8, 2011



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