The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2022
Berkeley Prize 2022

Essay Prize & Travel Fellowship Winners From Social Media



2001 – Third place

Architect at Mogavero Architects, Sacramento, California

Planning and Design Commissioner at City of Sacramento (Sacramento, California, U.S.A.)


Communities start with people, and consensus building is an important part of what we strive for as we approach our work. We listen to stakeholder ideas and fold them into the design process so that the built environment is reflective not only of our own values, but of those who will use the spaces we are responsible for designing. When people have access to a sound decision-making process resulting in a community based plan, the likelihood that they will support new projects, and ultimately own and care for them, is greatly enhanced.

Our firm has extensive experience in consensus building and collaborative decision making with public agencies, private organizations and individuals. Public participation in the planning and design process adds immeasurable value to the built environment.

We typically facilitate collaborative efforts with neighborhood associations in addition to public and private organizations as we assist merchant builders, developers, government agencies and nonprofit organizations realize their project goals.


Past Studio and Program Manager at Architecture for Humanity (San Francisco, California, United States)

During her work with Architecture for Humanity, which ceased operations in 2015, Alix was actively involved in the Adobe for Woman project.

“Adobe for Women is a non-profit association, founded in 2011, aimed at the recovery and education of earth construction techniques in order to contribute to a more human and sustainable use of space and the planet’s resources. The goal is to build 20 sustainable houses in the indigenous village of San Juan Mixtepec, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The houses are intended for 20 women in difficult circumstances who are participating in the building process. They will slowly appropriate their future home while redefining their self esteem, work abilities and hope that will transform the spaces into safe, caring places for themselves and their families.”




2002 – Honorable Mention

Director, UrbanSoup Architects and Urban Designers, Johannesburg, South Africa

UrbanSoup Architects and Urban Designers is a multidisciplinary, tech-savvy firm changing the way we design, and the way we think about design. We have a deep understanding of how cities work – how they move and breathe, and how their complex parts fit together.

We earned our stripes on large publicly funded projects – transport hubs, bridges and extensive multi-use public spaces – bringing a unique design aesthetic, a practical usability, and a process and cost efficiency to what has traditionally been a bloated, bureaucratic and unimaginative field of architecture. 

Since then, we’ve moved onto projects diverse in scale and scope, designing everything from luxury, large-scale apartment blocks, to museums, universities, student housing, co-working offices, eco residential estates, holiday resorts and retail centers, producing work not just across South Africa, but throughout Africa, and as far afield as New York and London. Even as we’ve grown, we’ve stayed true to our founding values – providing personal service, building close relationships, remaining agile, while delivering projects at scale. 

We’ve also begun to leverage the latest VR and Generative Design technology, creating immersive walkthrough experiences for our clients before designs have been built, and applying machine learning to unlock the creative power of artificial intelligence. Our focus is based on the intersection between technology, design and development economics. In recent years, we’ve also established a development arm, partnering with investors to procure high-potential buildings and sites, using our urban design skills to secure well-positioned land, and taking projects all the way from feasibility studies and acquisition through to planning, design, tender, construction and project management.

Ultimately all of this – our technology, our creativity, our expertise and experience – is used in the service of building architecture that’s durable, economically viable, environmentally friendly and user-responsive. 

Our overarching mission is simple – to build better cities.




2005: Second place (co-author)

Design Team Member, Society of Nepalese Architects (SONA), Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Volunteer, 2015

Entitled "Urban Regeneration of the Historic Settlements of Kathmandu Valley: Bungmati"? under SONA's Early Intervention Design Intiative Program following the April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal that not only killed close to 9000 people but also caused widespread damage to property and cultural landmarks of the country. We worked within 'Bungmati' which was one of the hardest hit historical settlements within the valley. Our aim was to arrive at earthquake resistant, sustainable & economically feasible design solutions that embodied the local art, architecture and culture that is unique to the community.

For background on this multi-pronged project, a report on a collateral initiative can be viewed at:



Ashween Ramhotar

2006: Second place

Director, Ark Atelier Ltd, Quatre Bornes, Mauritius

We use our creative thinking to offer alternative solutions to inherent problems of society

“The Director, Ashween Ramhotar, targets at creating the first research-based Architectural practice of Mauritius with a view to proposing solutions not only for the local market but also for many developing countries in the region. These solutions can be easily exported as design service. In parallel with business, Ark Atelier Ltd engages in social projects regularly. This is as means to contributing to advancement of society by carefully supporting the most vulnerable.

Architecture as a way of life rather than a profession. We aim to provide quality design to a targeted number of clients by carefully researching means to reduce operation and design costs while constantly pushing the limits of local design solutions to achieve world class Architecture. We aim at increasing the awareness of Architectural design as crucial means to improving quality of life.

Research based Architecture
To create a sturdy base for the future by formalizing Architectural research in Mauritius and directly translating findings into built form.

Provide Architectural solutions that help local artists and craftsmen
Find new applications to talents of budding artists and craftsmen of Mauritius.

Position the company as a collaborator to other Architectural practices
Broadening the types of solutions available for Architectural practices in Mauritius.

Inspire as well as encourage other young Architects
To join together in setting new standards in Architecture in Mauritius.

Create the first designer brand for Architecture in Mauritius
Designer buildings, interiors, furniture and accessories.

Think globally act locally
Adopt an international attitude in every endeavor and try to provide solutions that have international standards.

More is less
Explore many various other fields and try to gain experience that can be translated into Architecture via acquired sensitivity.

Push the limits of Architecture and building construction in Mauritius
Constantly questioning set paths, reusing materials and technologies in original and effective ways.

Investing time and energy in studying Culture, History, Technology and Climate
To bring about meaningful change and address the issue of eroding culture in Architecture.

Practicing the profession with the heart
It is not only profit that matters but integrity, principles, relationship building, and mostly people matter and need to be firmly upheld.”




2012: Co-First Place

On June 13, 2019, Loh Kin Kit of LOOK Architects, Singapore presented the lecture “Caring Transitions for Social Good” in the Roca Barcelona Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. In the linked interview below, he talks about the ideas behind the work of the architecture studio, and how these ideas have materialized in a series of public landscape works focused on pedestrian movement systems that encourage healthy lifestyles and seamlessly integrate sports into landscape.




2014: First Place

Bangladesh Planning Research Conference (BPRC), February 2016:

Project: “Slums As Place: Transformation, Adaptation And Place-Making Of Domestic and Community Living in Ershadnagar Resettlement Camp

Authors: Enam Rabbi Adnan and Tazrin Islam

“The urban poor have been considered invisible in our planning and mostly in design considerations. In this second decade of 21st century, housing for the urban poor in the third world cities should not only be matter of analysis and planning, rather appropriate and imaginative design solution should come forward calling for implication. Past failure of such projects to serve intended population points that the imitation of regular urban house with smaller space is not the solution. This paper tries to develop an architectural understanding of low income peoples’ living pattern, their houses and community. Ershadnagar resettlement camp is the site for case study. This 40 year old site has developed a unique incrementally grown slum community on government land. From field survey, planning layout of these houses along with their incremental growth has been analyzed. Layers of community spaces have been identified using Charles Correa’s theory of urban spatial hierarchy. Contextual background of the study has been developed from earlier research in this field to understand the scope of an architect. The study result finally illustrates the living patterns of households via drawings and description. How the space and function relates in an adaptive nature and thus accommodates incremental growth in such slum condition, sheds light on the living standard of the poor. The uniqueness of spatial use can be adapted to design solution while improving the dehumanized living condition. An architectural approach to shed light on the living of low income people may improve our understanding of contextual design requirement instead of an old and ineffective repetition.”

Penn State University (U.S.A.) online zine, Ethics in the Built Environment: In Quest of Visionary Architecture, Landscapes, and Urban Environments, posted, July 17, 2020

PROJECT:  Walls in the City: Building Social Exclusion

Authors: Sana Ahrar and Tazrin Islam

“…To show how physical barriers can be used as an instrument for social exclusion under the pretext of security measures, we look at three examples of walls from around the world. Despite the different national contexts, these examples all resulted from an expressed security concern that masked an underlying issue of racial or class-based segregation. We argue that carving up the urban fabric in this way is detrimental to cities, as it leads to social exclusion rather than more security. Creating an idealized enclave at the social cost of segregation is, we argue, unethical…”




2015: Co-First place

India Architecture News, 7 August 2019

PROJECT: A Pulse in the Nebula

“…A story I covered last year on the temporary shelters+social development initiative for migrant construction workers now seems more relevant than ever.

As of 2018, the construction industry contributed 8% to the country’s GDP employing 10% of the total workforce, making it the 2nd largest employer in the country. Out of this 10%, 93% of the total workforce was informal, out of which, over 50% were migrants spread out throughout the country.

According to National Sample Survey 2007-08, 60% of the total migrant construction worker population comprises of families with both working adults and one or two children, another 12% of families without children, another 5% comprising of single parents with children, and another 1% of non-working elderly with children. Together they comprise 22% of the total construction force, relying on a sanguine social environment, holding together the fragile social fabric of the whole community on site.

Housing in such a context is not there to only support the practical conditions demanded by an abode, but it ought to ensure the safety and security of women and children as its primary concern, to create and forward a tool that can allow for sustainable development to happen…"




2017: Second Place

Focus of work as Ph.D. Candidate at National University of Singapore

August 2017 – Present

This study accounts for the ephemeral nature of memory and spoken word particularly in its tenuous relationship with space in reconstructing the Bawean ponthuk. It empirically documents the vernacular socio-spatial culture of the Baweanese as they construe and provisionally appropriate non-traditional urban forms.

It will then analyse these findings to discern the continuities in the spatial and socio-cultural practices in the ponthuk from a broadened merantau perspective in hopes of deeper understandings of the migrant house beyond an idealised version as it is re-remembered in present heritage publications.


Focus of work as Research Assistant, National University of Singapore

Jan 2019 – Present (Part-time)

This research encompasses two different themes. Firstly, the architecture of Islamic Southeast Asia will be explored through analyzing mosques, palaces, mausoleum complexes, as well as gravestone traditions. The second theme looks at four different 'kampong' areas of Singapore in the past, namely Kampong Serani, Kampong Bengkulu, Kampong Melaka and Chulia Campong, to analyze their socio-cultural landscape as well as the different architectural styles and typology.




travel fellowship WINNERS



(BERKELEY PRIZE Emeritus Committee Member)

FIRM PROFILE, posted on

“Inspiring people. Respecting place. Celebrating connection. Adriano Pupilli Architects is an award-winning Sydney and South Coast (Australia)-based architecture practice. We specialise in smart, finely-tuned buildings and spaces for home-owners, as well as commercial, community and government clients. Our architecture is clean, contemporary and vibrant, celebrating the inherent qualities of raw building elements and connecting people and place. We believe in quality design that promotes healthy, happy and safe living environments. We are committed to innovative and sustainable architectural solutions, and bring these concepts to our work through passive solar design, Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles, and minimalism. We are a group of talented architects who think outside the box, employing the latest design tools, fabrication systems and design thinking to realise innovative and beautiful buildings that are environmentally responsible and financially achievable. We believe great architecture should evolve out of the culture of the places we work. It should be functional yet experiential, robust yet refined, and thoughtful yet simple.

Services Provided

Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Floor Plans, Home Additions, Sustainable Design, Tiny House Construction


Green Magazine:


Brief: To create a sustainable modular building kit that can be assembled onsite by unskilled people quickly and with relative ease using only basic tools. The brief called for a building system that is able to be erected onsite efficiently and with minimal impact to existing flora and fauna, disappear into the landscape whether urban or rural, be fabricated from renewable materials efficiently and with minimal wastage, and able to be dissembled, reconfigured, added to, subtracted from or flat packed for storage. Providing full flexibility to the occupants. Crucially the overarching intention for the design is to embed quality architectural thinking into a building kit, so that through economies of scale and automated fabrication techniques, good design can be made accessible to the wider public.

Challenges: Integrating principles of architectural design such as maximising natural light, cross-ventilation, vistas, sight-lines, scale, form, volume and height, into a building kit that responds to Exempt Development requirements to streamline the approvals process, and that is able to be dissected into components that are efficient, sustainable and affordable to fabricate in a factory environment. 

Solutions: IMBY™ stands for In My Back Yard. It is a building kit that encapsulates the simplicity and elegance of ancient woodworking techniques with the efficiency and sustainability of digital fabrication and renewable resources, to provide occupants with an easy to assemble and low cost space solution that you can configure, and re-configure, to respond to what life throws your way. The IMBY™ aesthetic is unique and captivating, more than a style it is the raw expression of its materials and how it goes together. The structural frame of the IMBY™ is modular, extendable as spatial needs dictate, and made up of interlocking mortice and tenon joints. These joints form an integral part of the intuitive assembly process, a major objective of the IMBY Kit; to empower people to build their own flexible, easy to assemble and beautiful architecture…in their back yards….on a farm….in the bush… the city…..




Project Manager – Urbanist, Perkins and Will, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

U.S. Green Building Council Biography (2020)

“Budoor is an urbanist with a holistic and foundational understanding of spatial design. She has experience working on various housing, residential and mixed-use projects in the GCC and Africa, contributing to and managing the designing of sustainable communities. As LEED AP and Estidama Community Pearl Qualified Professional, Budoor has also been involved on a number of projects promoting integrative processes and consulting on sustainable and resilient design.

In addition to the leadership and management of a range of urban planning and design projects, Budoor has served as management consultant, providing strategic advice and supporting with business process analysis, design and the preparation and updating of policies, procedures and project controls. Budoor brings a rigorous work ethic, and sustained commitment to pursuing management and design excellence.

Budoor's educational and professional journeys have stimulated a keen interest in social innovation as well as the role and potential of community-based, participatory and regenerative approaches to urban development planning and design. This is reflected in continued engagement in research around the strategic role that grassroots capacities and initiatives can assume towards innovative and transformative African urbanism.”




Architect, Project and Business Manager, MWORKS, Delhi and Udaipur, India, 2017-Present

Bichli Haveli Project, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

“Hold primary responsibility, including documentation, spatial design and site management for conservation and repurposing of 8900 sq. ft., 140year old structure to include a community resource center; also established a 3-year long (ongoing) Partnership with California based NGO, Restoration Works International.”

Founder, MLIME, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, 2019-Present

“MLIME is an enterprise to engineer, produce and provide high quality, cost-effective and ready-to-use lime-based products for new and old buildings.”

I: Essay Prize Winners

II: Travel Fellowship Winners

III: Architectural Design Fellowship Winners

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