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

Hanan Qureshi

2015 Essay Prize Winner - Third Place

Country of Origin: India
Country of Study: India
Current Country: India

Degrees: Bachelor of Architecture (2015)


I have been working, for the last two years, as an economic/financial consultant based out of Delhi. I am hopeful to start my post-graduate studies in Economics this year.  The BERKELEY PRIZE, with its emphasis on generating social benefit through one’s work, has played a significant role in shaping my career.

As part of the Travel Fellowship, I undertook a self-directed trip to Vancouver (Canada) to study the successes in accessible design features throughout the city. The idea behind the trip was to analyse the role of accessible design in making Vancouver one of the most livable cities in the world and to compare it with the Indian capital city, Delhi. The fellowship provided me the opportunity to travel outside India for the first time; and it was this trip to Vancouver – through my interactions with the various eminent stakeholders of the city - that led me to reflect seriously on the importance of economic development in enabling a dignified life for the inhabitants of a place.

Economic development, it became apparent to my architecturally-trained mind, was the foundation on which one could erect the structure of a civilized and equitable society. Thereafter, I turned to the study of Economics with keener focus and a greater sense of purpose, taking up courses such as Economics, Environment Economics, etc. as part of my remaining education at the Indian Institute of Technology.

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