The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2019
Berkeley Prize 2019

Dominic Mathew

2009 Travel Fellowship Winner

Country of Origin: India
Country of Study: India
Current Country: United States

Degrees: Master of Regional Planning (2018); Bachelor of Architecture (2012)


Since graduating from architecture school in 2012, I have worked with two non-profit organizations. My first role with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy led me into the field of transportation. I explored the intersection of design and its effect on communities, especially when it meant the creation of public transit and safer roads. This was a wonderful experience to work with communities in the state from which I had graduated, and I was exposed to different facets of policy and design.

Shifting states, my role at The Fairconditioning program facilitating an educational framework on energy efficiency, to architecture and engineering students, harked back to the topic of my first essay for the BERKELEY PRIZE on traditional courtyards in India. Old forms like these were effective in keeping homes cooler than power guzzling air-conditioners and flashy glass facades!

The BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship played a huge role in helping me define my path slightly away from architecture. My visit to Auroville (India), to participate in the workshops on building using earth, and the trip to visit the mobile BMW - Guggenheim Lab in Berlin, were instrumental in helping me understand the social aspect of design. In my current position, as a graduate student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, I am combining my experiences from architecture school and work to focus on policies shaping our cities.

Asia House, build during the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. Steps form spaces to interact.

My maternal family's home in Kerala, the courtyard was a social space

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