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

Talwai - InFORMal Winners


FIRST PLACE: Rebecca Hui, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA 


Rebecca Hui is a junior double majoring in architecture and business administration interested in pursuing a career in design consulting. She is passionate about the crossroads of urbanization, culture, and consumption having published a development study, “Life through the Perspective of a Cow”. She has worked extensively in Clean Tech Industries through producing algal-based Biodiesel for British Petroleum, designing solar electric vehicles as an intern of Nuon Inc, and recommending strategies for solar company Solyndra to penetrate emerging markets. When she is not in studio or stalking cows, she likes to play cello.

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SECOND PLACE:  Zoey EspinozaUniversity of California, Berkeley, California, USA 


As a recent transfer student from City College San Francisco, Zoey Espinoza is now a third year Architecture student in UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, while also minoring in Structural Engineering. After switching her major from Environmental Studies at SFSU, she realized her true interest in creativity and after experiencing the program at CCSF; she immediately found Architecture and Design as her passion. In the summer of 2010 Zoey interned at an architecture firm in Santa Cruz, William Fisher Architecture, in which she was the lead designer for a new floor plan for the Redevelopment Department of Santa Cruz County. At the same firm, she worked on designing a remodel for the Santa Cruz Quaker’s Meetinghouse, which is still in progress. In her studies, Zoey focuses on exploring and creating spaces that are inspiring and promote positive interactions among its users through innovative systems of form, material and other unifying principles. As she continues to develop her architectural identity, she actively seeks new opportunities, internships, attends lectures, and seeks volunteer work to immerse herself in the many different aspects of her field. Upon graduation she plans on finding a suitable internship in San Francisco and then returning for Graduate school to obtain a joint Masters degree in Architecture and Structural Engineering.       

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