The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2018
Berkeley Prize 2018

Winning Essays

Winners of the Twentieth Annual BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition are announced by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence. This year there is one First Prize, one Second Prize, one Third Prize, and two Fourth Prize Winners. 


First Place Prize

Mr. Wandisile Kona, Bachelor of Architectural Studies student in the Department of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa for: “A Cathartic Architectural Language in a Democratic South Africa.” (7500USD)

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Second Place Prize

Ms. Ghina Kanawati, Bachelor of Architecture student in the Faculty of Architecture – Design and Built Environment at the Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon for: Reconciling a Wounded City: The Storytellers of Beirut.” (6500USD)

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Third Place Prize

Ms. Meriam SoltanBachelor of Architecture student in the Department of Architecture and Design in the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon for: Architectural Preservation in Beirut: A Search for the Future in a Past that Refuses to be Forgotten.” (5500USD)

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Fourth Place Prize (shared)

Mr. Theodor Reinhardt, Bachelor of Arts Joint Major in Architecture student in the Faculty of Architecture and Social Sciences at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig, Germany for: Redesigning Leipzig - How Urban Actions Solve Social Issues.” (4150USD)

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Fourth Place Prize (shared)

Ms. Raksha VH, Bachelor of Architecture student at the School of Architecture in the Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bengaluru, India; and Ms. Swetha Manivannan, Bachelor of Architecture student at the Oxford School of Architecture, Bangaluru for their joint essay, “So-less to Solace: Solving issues across generations.” (4150USD)

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Nipun Prabhakar (BP 2014), Buddhi Bahadur’s House, Siddhipur, Kathmandu
Valley, Nepal (Undated)Nipun Prabhakar (BP 2014), Nunnery, Remote Himalayas, Nepal (2017)Aparna Ramesh (BP 2013), Cottage for Children, Bangalore, India (2015)Aparna Ramesh (BP 2013), Cottage for Children, Bangalore, India (2015)Holly Simon (BP 2011), Justin Loucks, Phil Wilson, Kevin Lo, The Public Speaker,
Calgary, Canada (2015). Photo Credit: Stenhouse PhotographyHolly Simon (BP 2011), Justin Loucks, Phil Wilson, Kevin Lo, The Public Speaker,
Calgary, Canada (2015)Neelakshi Joshi (BP 2009), Soso House, Ladakh, India (undated). Photo Credit: Sonam
WangchuckNeelakshi Joshi (BP 2009), Fieldwork at construction sites, Himalayas, India (undated)Philip Tidwell (BP 2003) and Peripheral Projects Studio, The Säie pavilion, Helsinki,
Finland (2015)Philip Tidwell (BP 2003) and Peripheral Projects Studio, The Säie pavilion, Helsinki,
Finland (2015)Tarun Bhasin (BP 2015), World Architecture Festival Student Charrette Entry (2016)Tarun Bhasin (BP 2015), World Architecture Festival Student Charrette Entry (2016)Clarence Lee (BP 2014), interior design for young couple and child, Singapore (undated)Delma Palma (BP 2014), a planned mixed-income development, Washington, D.C.,
USA (undated)Delma Palma (BP 2014), an affordable apartment building, U.S.A. (undated)Ben Wokorach (BP 2013), Fruiti-Cycle First Prototype, Kampala, Uganda (2016)Ben Wokorach (BP 2013), Fruiti-Cycle Second Prototype, Kampala, Uganda (2016)Andrew Amara (BP 2006), a workshop to engage local families in designing
affordable and sustainable shelter, Kampala, Uganda (2016)Robert Ungar (2010) and ONYA collective, a garden in a formerly abandoned entrance
to Tel-Aviv Central Bus Station, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2015)Robert Ungar (2010), Grassroots 2015, a community organized festival in ONYA
collective garden, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2015)Avikal Somvanshi (2008), The Ladder House, New Delhi, India (2012)
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