The Nineteenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2017
Berkeley Prize 2017

Layton Checketts Bio

I was born and raised in the western United States and have come to love the beauty of the mountainous deserts of Utah to the beaches of northern California. I was born in Provo UT but my family spent 7 years living in the Bay area while I was growing up, before we returned to Utah. The invigorating big city of San Francisco is quite a contrast from peaceful suburban Provo nestled against the Rocky Mountains, but I loved living in both places.

After high school I served a church volunteer service mission to Tokyo Japan for 2 years and learned to appreciate and love the Japanese language, people and culture. Through these experiences and from other travel opportunities I have come to the realization it’s possible to enjoy living almost anywhere. I am passionate about architecture because it can influence how people feel and interact with their environment. It can help make a place more enjoyable for all people.

After returning from Japan I earned my Associates in Drafting Technology, then transferred to the University of Utah to start studying architecture. I am currently a junior in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program. I married my wife Nile in 2014 and we have an extremely cute and energetic 13-month-old son named Wesley. I love my family and although it is a lot to balance with a rigorous school schedule, church service activities, and working part time at a local architecture firm, I feel very blessed. I am excited to be a new member of the architecture community and look forward to learning and putting into practice principles that will use architecture to build up our communities and world.


Additional Help and Information

Are you in need of assistance? Please email info@berkeleyprize.org.
Mr. Layton Checketts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City United States
Copyright © 1998-2017 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence
sitemap  |  privacy policy  |  web development
For permission for any form of re-use of any of the contents, please contact info@berkeleyprize.org.
The BERKELEY PRIZE is endorsed by the Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley.