The Sixth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectual Design Excellence 2004
Berkeley Prize 2004

The 2004 Travel Fellowship Competition

This opportunity is open to each student who placed as a semifinalist in the 2004 BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition.


This year, the Berkeley Prize Travel Fellowship is established. This new Prize recognizes the vital role that exposure to other cultures and environments plays in helping to demonstrate the reality and importance of the Social Art of Architecture. All Finalists for the Essay Competition are invited to submit proposals demonstrating how they would use an expenses-paid trip to an architecturally-significant destination and/or event selected by the Prize Committee. 

The Travel Fellowship proposals are read by a sub-committee of the Berkeley Prize who consider what the student proposes in light of what they have already written in their qualifying essays. More importantly, those submitting proposals are evaluated as to how they demonstrate that travel, and the specific travel opportunity presented that year, would be a significant part of their education as a socially-conscious and socially-committed architect. 


This year, Barcelona is serving as a host for a 6-month long, city-wide international event, Forum Barcelona 2004, from May 9 until September 26). In addition, the ETSAB-UPC (Escola Técnica Superior d´Arquitectura de Barcelona at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) has organized another international conference, Arquitectura 3000:The Architecture of In-difference, which will take place from June 30 to July 3. Especially note Workshop 6, Architecture and Urban Form, chaired by Magda Saura Carulla, a Berkeley Prize colleague. 

The city of Barcelona is also a rich depository of architectural history and cultural diversity. Its urban issues match that of many, fully industrialized cities around the world. Barcelona has been at the forefront of confronting these issues and exploring ways to address them.

The Opportunity

In the Berkeley Prize Competition you were asked to investigate and write about one of the major contemporary urban issues - the demands of the displaced and the disenfranchised. Each of you has approached the subject from a different starting point and often with a different world view. The opportunity to continue your explorations in Barcelona should provide you with glimpses of other perspectives.

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