The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2022
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Berkeley Prize 2022
DESIGN GUIDED BY CLIENTS' NEEDS:
Applying Social Factors Research to Architecture

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Examples of DESIGN GUIDED BY CLIENTS' NEEDS
<p>Elli Mosayebi, Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects (BP2022 Juror): vacancy – no vacancy project. "Floor Plan." (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Elli Mosayebi, Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects (BP2022 Juror): <em>vacancy - no vacancy</em> project. "Sleep on <em>riposa."</em> (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>) Photo credit: Michael Stirnemann</p>
<p>Elli Mosayebi, Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects (BP2022 Juror): <em>vacancy – no vacancy</em> project. "The two built-in platforms contain numerous storage compartments for personal belongings." (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Elli Mosayebi, Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects (BP2022 Juror): <em>vacancy - no vacancy</em> project. "The Kitchen"  (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Onizuka Crossing Housing, David Baker Architects, San Francisco, 2016. The result of a partnership between MidPen Housing and the City of Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A., Onizuka Crossing provides 58 low-income working families with new, affordable rental homes in Sunnyvale, the heart of the Silicon Valley. Twenty-nine units are reserved for formerly homeless individuals and their families. (<a href='https://www.dbarchitect.com/project_detail/178/Onizuka%20Crossing%20Family%20Housing.html'>See: https://www.dbarchitect.com/project_detail/178/Onizuka%20Crossing%20Family%20Housing.html</a>) Photo credit: ©Bruce Damonte.from DBArchitect.com.</p>
<p>Onizuka Crossing Housing, David Baker Architects, 2016. "Former homeless residents receive extensive supportive services in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health and the U.S. Veterans Administration Palo Alto Healthcare System... Onizuka Crossing is a prime example of infill development, transforming a U.S. National Guard armory building into supportive, permanent affordable housing." (<a href='https://www.dbarchitect.com/project_detail/178/Onizuka%20Crossing%20Family%20Housing.html'>See: https://www.dbarchitect.com/project_detail/178/Onizuka%20Crossing%20Family%20Housing.html</a>) Photo credit: ©Bruce Damonte from DBArchitect.com.</p>
<p>Aleksis Bertoni, Architect, Type Five (BP2022 Juror): Flexible housing adpated over time. Isometric interior perspective of one example. (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Aleksis Bertoni, Architect, Type Five (BP2022 Juror). Flexible housing adapted over time.  Kitchen rendering of one example.  (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Aleksis Bertoni, Architect, Type Five (BP2022 Juror): Flexible housing adpated over time. Isometric interior perspective of one example. (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Aleksis Bertoni, Architect, Type Five (BP2022 Juror). Flexible housing adapted over time.  Bedroom rendering of one example.  (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>S. Tetteh + Associates Architects, Accra, Ghana. Low-cost housing project for rangers and conservation staff at the Bia and Ankasa Reserves, Juabeso-Bia district, southwest Ghana.</p>
<p>S. Tetteh + Associates Architects, Accra, Ghana. Low-cost housing project for rangers and conservation staff at the Bia and Ankasa Reserves, Juabeso-Bia district, southwest Ghana.</p>
<p>Fondazione Housing Sociale, Milan, Italy: The Housing Foundation developed a class to help future residents form a collaborative community in their housing development. Research by Dorit Fromm, Writer, Architect, BP2022 Juror: (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>From the manual "Starting Up Communities, A Design Kit for Collaborative Housing," Fondazione Housing Sociale, Milan, Italy.  Research by Dorit Fromm, Author, Architect, BP2022 Juror: (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Mehr als Wohnen, Switzerland: A plaza allows neighbors to mingle and is open to the larger neighborhood. Research by Dorit Fromm, Author, Architect, BP2022 Juror: (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Mehr als Wohnen, Switzerland: Childcare and afterschool care are located on the ground floor level of the housing, as well as a café and other neighborhood services. Research by Dorit Fromm, Author, Architect, BP2022 Juror: (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Samanbahce, Nicosia, North Cyprus.  A mid-20th century social housing experiment. Drone-view. (<a href='https://www.designboom.com/architecture/alp-galip-captures-cyprus-first-social-housing-complex-samanbahce-07-17-2021'>See: https://www.designboom.com/architecture/alp-galip-captures-cyprus-first-social-housing-complex-samanbahce-07-17-2021</a>)   (Photo by Alp Galip for Designboom.com)</p>
<p>Augustine Owusu-Ansah, S. Tetteh + Associates Architects (BP2022 Juror): Shelter Afrique's 5000 for 5000 Affordable Housing Competition winning entry. (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Augustine Owusu-Ansah, S. Tetteh + Associates Architects (BP2022 Juror): Shelter Afrique's 5000 for 5000 Affordable Housing Competition winning entry.  (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Augustine Owusu-Ansah, S. Tetteh + Associates Architects (BP2022 Juror): Shelter Afrique's 5000 for 5000 Affordable Housing Competition winning entry.  (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Augustine Owusu-Ansah, S. Tetteh + Associates Architects (BP2022 Juror): Shelter Afrique's 5000 for 5000 Affordable Housing Competition winning entry.  (<a href='/competition/essay/2022/essay-question'>See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.</a>)</p>
<p>Williams Terrace, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A., Architect of Record, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.A. /Design Architect, David Baker Architect, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 2017. "Williams Terrace won the 2019 American Institute of Architects/Housing and Urban Development Secretary's Housing and Community Design Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design. This singular nation-wide award recognizes architecture that demonstrates overall excellence in terms of design in response to both the needs and constraints of affordable housing... Wide porches that double as circulation offer places to sit, meet in passing, and personalize a bit of outdoor space." (<a href='http://See: https://www.dbarchitect.com/project_detail/176/Williams%20Terrace%20.html'>See: https://www.dbarchitect.com/project_detail/176/Williams%20Terrace%20.html</a>) Photo credit: Chris Luker from DBArchitect.com.</p>
<p>Williams Terrace, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A., Architect of Record, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.A. /Design Architect, David Baker Architect, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 2017. "The design team worked closely with the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston to create a dynamic building that meets the challenges of the site—located in a high-velocity flood zone—and respects the gracious built fabric of downtown historic Charleston... Apartments connect to the wide circulation porches, which have room for some personal touches." (<a href='http://See: https://www.dbarchitect.com/project_detail/176/Williams%20Terrace%20.html'>See: https://www.dbarchitect.com/project_detail/176/Williams%20Terrace%20.html</a>) Photo credit: Chris Luker from DBArchitect.com.</p>
<p>Vindmøllebakken, 40-unit cohousing project, Stavanger, Norway, 2019. Designed by founding architects Siv Helene Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf of Norwegian firm Helen & Hard. The architects now live in Vindmøllebakken. Photo credit: Minna Soujoki Langbord/Courtesy of Helen & Hard via Editon.CNN.com</p>
<p>Vindmøllebakken, 40-unit cohousing project, Stavanger, Norway, 2019. In addition to Vindmøllebakken (see previous slide), Helen & Hard are reported to having five other cohousing projects in the works. Photo credit: Sindre Ellingsen/Courtesy of Helen & Hard via Edition.CNN.com</p>
<p>Easter Hill Village, Richmond, U.S.A., 1954. Demolished, 2004. "It was the most significant public effort to provide affordable permanent housing for many families displaced by demolition of temporary World War II housing. It was the first multi-unit residential development to combine the twin themes of the planned unit development with the individuation of units... and the care given to integrating a multi-unit residential development to its site." Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress, U.S.A. (<a href='https://www.loc.gov/item/ca3350/'>See: https://www.loc.gov/item/ca3350/</a>)</p>
<p>Richmond Village (formerly Easter Hill Village - see previous slide), California, U.S.A., 2008. "The goal for the …Richmond Village project was to turn 300 units of crime-ridden, run-down public housing into a vital neighborhood anchored by a community center and public open space. The development was originally built in 1954 and was a model of public housing until neglect, crime and poverty took over. The Richmond Housing Authority together with Richmond Village…residents collaborated to re-construct a vision of community. The vision included open/community space with mixed-income housing; 100% of the rental housing is affordable, with 70% allocated for public housing residents. The for-sale family homes have a mix of low, moderate and market-rate housing." (<a href='https://www.nibbi.com/projects/richmond-village/'>See: https://www.nibbi.com/projects/richmond-village/</a>)</p>

Elli Mosayebi, Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects (BP2022 Juror): vacancy – no vacancy project. "Floor Plan." (See Essay Question: Introductions by jurors.)

2022 Essay Prize Jury and Committee

Berkeley Prize Committee:

65 professionals and scholars from around the world select the semifinalists and finalists and present the top essays to the jury. These Committee members represent some of the leading figures in their representative disciplines. They are all dedicated to pushing the field of architecture to do much more to integrate social issues and a social perspective into the design process.

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BP2020 Jury:

Aleksis
Bertoni
Dorit
Fromm
Elli
Mosayebi
Augustine
Owusu-Ansah

2022 Essay Prize Competition

Each year, the Prize Committee selects a topic critical to the investigation of the social art of architecture and poses a Question based on that topic. Full-time undergraduate students in an architecture degree program or majoring in architecture in accredited schools of architecture throughout the world, including Diploma in Architecture students, may submit a 500-word essay proposal responding to the Question. This year, entries by teams of two students are urged with the second team member being an undergraduate studying in the social sciences.

2022 Community Service Fellowship Competition

Students: If you are selected as a semifinalist team or individual in the Essay competition, you have the opportunity to compete in the COMMUNITY SERVICE FELLOWSHIP competition. Click below for details, the selected proposals, and reports from last year's competition winners. An outline of this year's competition is also posted. Final details will be posted at the launch of the Fellowship on 8 February 2022.

Berkeley Prize 2021: Architects in Service to the Community
2021 Essay Prize Competition First Prize Essay
Reva Saksena and Mallika Sarabhai:
"To Pride From Prejudice: An Architectural Transition"

Architecture has long been a testimony of society. It has shaped not only society's own identity, but that of its so-called "contradictions" as well. While the identity of the "accepted" collective continues to follow the norms and set up new ones, another identity is parallelly configured in the shadows discarded by the norm. The social needs of such individuals, although different, begin to be met outside of the accepted. This in turn links them to an alternate collective that finds solace in shared differences.

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One of Four 2021 Community Service Fellowship Winners
Gauri Patra
"Fundamental right to the city for the invisible"

...Portable cabins or porta cabins are trailers that are relocatable. They are generally used as a solution for temporary structures for the homeless. In my second week I visited a shelter, near Jama Masjid and talked to a few people living there. I wanted to know about the living conditions inside the cabin shelter and whether it serves its purpose or not. Pawan Kumar, a native of Bihar ferries passengers on his rickshaw during the day. He decided to spend his early nights in Delhi at a raen basera( night shelter) and realised that the steel porta cabins were like furnaces.

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Calendar

  • Mid-December, 2021
    Essay Semifinalists announced.
  • February 1, 2022
    (Stage Two) Essay Semifinalists' 2,500-word essays due.
  • February 8, 2022
    Launch of Community Service Fellowship Competition for Essay Semifinalists.
  • Early-March, 2022
    Essay Finalists announced.
  • March 15, 2022
    Community Service Fellowship Entries Due.
  • Mid-April, 2022
    Essay winners announced.

Berkeley Prize News

September 15, 2021

BERKELEY PRIZE 2022 IS LAUNCHED!  24th Prize cycle!  Explore the updated ABOUT THE PRIZE section for the extensive background and history of the Berkeley Prize and the work of the students and scholars that is at the core of the Prize’s impact.


September 15, 2021

See this year’s Essay Home page and the new Essay Question including this year’s Prize Introductions, this year written by the BP2022 Prize jurors.


September 15, 2021

BP2022’s 500-word Essay Proposals due on November 1, 2021.  For full instructions how to enter, see this year’s To Enter page.


September 15, 2021

Faculty: Consider using the BP2022 Question as part of your course or for an extra credit assignment!  Students:  Ask you professors if you can get partial course credit for participating!


September 15, 2021

Visit the LIBRARY, a section of the website where you can read about what is being done worldwide to study and implement the ideals of the social art of architecture.


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