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


Andrew Amara

Andrew Amara

ANDREW AMARA is a registered architect in Uganda working with DIMENSIONS, a regional architecture practice. He is actively involved with MODE (Missionaries of Design), a non-profit organization which runs several small community intervention projects; ranging from refurbishment of urban monuments to slum dwelling upgrade.

Andrew is a corporate member of the Uganda Society of Architects, and has served on several symposium committees. He is a member of the editorial board for the Society, spearheading a drive to raise public awareness on the role of architects in building sustainable environments.

He has worked on documentary projects that capture the different experiences of living in Kampala, with the main aim of ''provoking'' city-building professionals to rethink the approach to building cities and settlements. He partnered with the Architecture Department at Makerere University to present these to the public and professionals.

He won the 3rd place BERKELEY PRIZE in 2006 and was the recipient of the BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship through which he participates in the World Urban Forum 2006, Global Studio Vancouver 2006, Global Studio Johannesburg 2007 and later on represent the Global studio at Rockefeller World Urban summit 2007. The Summit sought to address public health, shelter, water, sanitation, planning and adaptation to climate change, more so in the developing world which is facing accelerated growth of cities.

Andrew has served on the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee since 2007.

Andrew is a recipient of the Arkright award for excellence at Makerere University, the REDDS award and a winner of the Uganda Ministry of Housing/Works Construction Exhibition Competition.

Paul Broches

Paul Broches

PAUL BROCHES, FAIA LEED AP joined Mitchell/Giurgola Architects in 1971 and became a partner in 1980. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects where he is active on the Committees on Architecture for Education and Urban Design. Of particular interest to his approach to architecture is the integration of art and architecture, a dedication to the craft of building, and architecture as a social art. Mr. Broches is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) and a member of the Berkeley Prize Committee, a national awards program for undergraduate architecture students intended to promote architecture as a social art through research, writing and criticism. In connection with his dedication to the practice, he participates frequently on AIA Design Awards juries in the furtherance of design excellence, including the NYS AIA Eastern Long Island Chapter for 2010.

Mr. Broches has 37 years of experience in the design, management and execution of award- winning buildings and master plans in the New York region with a focus on cultural centers, buildings for education and research in the sciences. Recently completed projects include the Collaborative Research Center at Rockefeller University, the expansion and renovation of Remsen Hall Chemistry Building at CUNY Queens College, the new Library / Student Activity Center at SUNY Southampton,the rehabilitation of Bailey Hall at Cornell University, and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus. He has led teams in the design of eleven projects for the New York City School Construction Authority.

Additionally, Paul Broches has completed campus master plans for CUNY Queens College, SUNY Stony Brook University (formerly Long Island University), Southampton Campus, Long Island University’s Brooklyn and C.W. Post campuses, SUNY Nassau Community College, and Teachers College of Columbia University. Presently, he is leading a master plan effort for CUNY’s Hostos Community College in the South Bronx.

Other projects currently under way for Mr. Broches are collaboration with his partners on a new science building for CUNY Brooklyn College, the renovation of the Center III Building at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, and the renovation of the Fairchild Building for NYU’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies in Manhattan. Of particular interest has been a unique opportunity for him to lead Mitchell/Giurgola’s participation as successor architect in the execution of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, NY, designed by the late Louis I. Kahn, FAIA.

Clare Cooper Marcus

Clare Cooper Marcus

CLARE COOPER MARCUS is Professor Emerita in the departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the Principal of Healing Landscapes, a consulting firm that specializes in user-needs analysis related to the programming and design of outdoor spaces in healthcare settings. She is internationally recognized for her research on the social and psychological implications of design, particularly urban open space, affordable housing, healing gardens, and environments for children and the elderly.

She has lectured and consulted in the United States, Canada, Britain, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Italy, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, and China. Marcus has been recognized for her work with awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Horticultural Therapy Association ,The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has authored/co-authored/edited numerous publications, including notably Housing As If People Mattered (1986), People Places(1990), House as a Mirror of Self (1995), Healing Gardens(1999), and Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place – A Memoir (2010).

Nalini Thakur

Nalini Thakur

Professor NALINI THAKUR is one of India’s foremost experts in the field of heritage conservation. Her experience over three decades in architecture and conservation ranges from activist to professional to teacher to mentor to academician.

Thakur did her architecture degree at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi (SPA). She then began her conservation training as a Fellow at ICCROM (UNESCO’s International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage) in 1982. Following her studies at ICCROM she became a full time Architectural faculty member at SPA, and later pursued graduate studies at the University of York as their first Charles Wallace scholar.

While at the SPA, Thakur developed innovative approaches to teaching conservation, and was named founding Professor in the newly inaugurated Department of Architectural Conservation, a post she still holds today. During this tenure she oversaw the development of the Master’s Programme in Architectural Conservation. Thakur’s work at SPA has trail blazed a holistic model of teaching that proposed an integrated way of development of “living” architectural heritage management from first principles.

Thakur was an active founding member and president of the Conservation Society Delhi (CSD) and brought Delhi’s heritage to the public by initiating such activities such as guided heritage tours. She has also been involved in heritage projects throughout Asia and the world.

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