The Tenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectual Design Excellence 2008
Berkeley Prize 2008

Essay Question


This year's Essay Competition not only poses a QUESTION, but is also an invitation for you to think about -- and perhaps have the opportunity to test -- the use of architectural competitions to foster the study and implementation of the social art of architecture.


Make a proposal for a Social Art of Architecture Design Competition for undergraduate students in your school and potentially, other undergraduate academic disciplines.  As a general goal, this Design Competition will ask students to address the most important social issue in your country that should be addressed by architects.  Tell us what you believe this social issue is and why.  Then, tell us how exactly your design competition will help address this issue.  


For this year’s discussion of the Question, we have asked a Berkeley Prize Committee member, David Salazar, to describe the significance of competitions, both practical and theoretical, as he begins his architectural career in New York City working as a Principal of the firm, studioMDA.  David’s practice is committed to the implementation of social architecture.  What this means to him – and why this should be important to you – can be found in his essay, studioMDA in New York City:  Making Social Architecture a Reality

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