The Seventeenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2015
Berkeley Prize 2015

Benard Acellam Bio

Benard Acellam an architect and urban planner based in Kampala, Uganda. He is also currently Assistant Lecturer in Architecture at Makerere University. Previously, he worked within the Infrastructure Unit of Enabel, the Belgian development agency, firstly, as Infrastructure Assistant and later as Field Officer, mainly tasked with developing guidelines for students and staff accommodation in the National Teacher Colleges. He has also worked in architectural consultancies in Uganda, and completed a professional residency program at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa, Italy.

Benard previously taught Architecture at the International University of East Africa. Benard holds a Masters in Global Urban Development and Planning from the University of Manchester- UK, where he was an Equity and Merit scholar, a postgraduate diploma in Green Cities for Eco-efficiency from the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies-Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a B. Arch. degree from Makerere University in Kampala. He was also a Red Tree Study scholar on the summer school program on ‘Medellin and Its Transformations’ organized by the Architecture school at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin-Colombia, and a participant in the online course on Land Value Capture in Sao Paulo, organized by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 

Benard is a recipient of several awards and commendations such as the Berkeley Prize travel fellowship in 2011, 2nd place Berkeley essay prize in 2015, the INDIAFRICA essay prize in 2012 and the UN Habitat Youth Social Media and Blogging Award in 2013, as well as a commendation in the 2014 RIBA-Norman Foster Travelling scholarship competition. He was also a first prize group award winner for the Tubes Architecture Challenge organized by Belgian Technical Co-operation (now Enabel) and Ministry of Education and Sports. Benard has participated in and presented at conferences in Uganda, India and Singapore and online. 



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