The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2018
2018
Berkeley Prize 2018
Applying the Social Art of Architecture
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Nipun Prabhakar (BP 2014), Buddhi Bahadur’s House, Siddhipur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (Undated)

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Nipun Prabhakar (BP 2014), Nunnery, Remote Himalayas, Nepal (2017)

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Aparna Ramesh (BP 2013), Cottage for Children, Bangalore, India (2015)

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Aparna Ramesh (BP 2013), Cottage for Children, Bangalore, India (2015)

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Holly Simon (BP 2011), Justin Loucks, Phil Wilson, Kevin Lo, The Public Speaker, Calgary, Canada (2015). Photo Credit: Stenhouse Photography

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Holly Simon (BP 2011), Justin Loucks, Phil Wilson, Kevin Lo, The Public Speaker, Calgary, Canada (2015)

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Neelakshi Joshi (BP 2009), Soso House, Ladakh, India (undated). Photo Credit: Sonam Wangchuck

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Neelakshi Joshi (BP 2009), Fieldwork at construction sites, Himalayas, India (undated)

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Philip Tidwell (BP 2003) and Peripheral Projects Studio, The Säie pavilion, Helsinki, Finland (2015)

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Philip Tidwell (BP 2003) and Peripheral Projects Studio, The Säie pavilion, Helsinki, Finland (2015)

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Tarun Bhasin (BP 2015), World Architecture Festival Student Charrette Entry (2016)

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Tarun Bhasin (BP 2015), World Architecture Festival Student Charrette Entry (2016)

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Clarence Lee (BP 2014), interior design for young couple and child, Singapore (undated)

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Delma Palma (BP 2014), a planned mixed-income development, Washington, D.C., USA (undated)

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Delma Palma (BP 2014), an affordable apartment building, U.S.A. (undated)

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Ben Wokorach (BP 2013), Fruiti-Cycle First Prototype, Kampala, Uganda (2016)

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Ben Wokorach (BP 2013), Fruiti-Cycle Second Prototype, Kampala, Uganda (2016)

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Andrew Amara (BP 2006), a workshop to engage local families in designing affordable and sustainable shelter, Kampala, Uganda (2016)

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Robert Ungar (2010) and ONYA collective, a garden in a formerly abandoned entrance to Tel-Aviv Central Bus Station, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2015)

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Robert Ungar (2010), Grassroots 2015, a community organized festival in ONYA collective garden, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2015)

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Avikal Somvanshi (2008), The Ladder House, New Delhi, India (2012)

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TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY!

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About the Prize

The BERKELEY PRIZE Competition was established in 1998, made possible by a generous gift of JUDITH LEE STRONACH to the Department of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

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The BERKELEY PRIZE strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large.

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2018 Essay Prize Competition

Each year, the PRIZE Committee selects a topic critical to the discussion of the social art of architecture and poses a Question based on that topic. Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in any architecture degree program or majoring in architecture throughout the world (or teams of two students, one of whom may be from another discipline) are invited to submit a 500-word Essay proposal responding to the Question.

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2018 Travel Fellowship Competition

Students: If you become a semifinalist in the Essay competition, you have the opportunity through the TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP to propose visiting a foreign locale for a hands-on research experience tied to the subject of your Essay.

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  • Mid-April, 2019
    Essay winners and Travel Fellowship winners announced.

From the Dean, College of Environmental Design

August 7, 2017

On behalf of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, I am delighted to congratulate the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence on its 20th Anniversary. I also congratulate the Berkeley Prize Committee, a large group of renowned scholars and practitioners from around the world, who are deeply dedicated to insuring that each student submission is read critically and thoughtfully reviewed. This is truly a collaborative global effort, done as a service to the goals of architectural education and as an investment in the future of architectural design.

The benefits of participation in the Berkeley Prize are extraordinary, not only for those students who receive an award. Involvement in the program catalyzes all students to explore their design ethics, ideas for addressing social and environmental challenges, and hopes for the future. Throughout this process, students are encouraged to clearly articulate their professional goals and identify their personal paths forward. Not surprisingly, many have gone on to have profound impact on people and places, through their activism and practice.

As an institution dedicated to the social art of architecture, the College of Environmental Design is proud to be associated with the Berkeley Prize, and to let students around the world, as well as to our own students, know about this invaluable opportunity!

Jennifer Wolch
William W. Wurster Dean

Berkeley Prize News

March 06, 2019

We are delighted to announce that 8 essays have advanced to the final stage the BERKELEY PRIZE competition.  The jury will now conisder the essays and winners will be determined by mid-April.  Thanks to all who competed.  This was an outstanding year.    


February 14, 2019

REMINDER: March 1 deadline!  What do you know about the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and the NUA (New Urban Agenda)? Participate in Columbia University’s Center of Sustainable Urban Development survey which asks the question, “How are the SDGs traveling in your world?”  Led by Anna Rubbo,who created the Global Studio attended by several  BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellows, the survey is the first stage of an action-oriented project to accelerate awareness and implementation of the SDGs. Results will be shared with respondents. Link to the Survey here.


December 19, 2018

WHAT DOES RESILIENCE HAVE TO DO WITH ARCHITECTURE?  That is the title of a new Metropolis article in which the authors argue that, “We know that we can’t design for every unpredictable event, but we can make sure our buildings and cities are better able to weather these disruptions.”  They suggest that we study the resilience of natural systems to provide answers as to how to do that.  Read why here.


December 13, 2018

BERKELEY PRIZE 2019 Semifinalists announced!  See the list of the 30 individuals and teams who have advanced here.


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