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

Sophia Bannert

2013 Essay Prize Winner - First Place

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Country of Study: United Kingdom
Current Country: United Kingdom

Degrees: Master of Architecture (2018); Bachelor of Architecture (2013)


I am currently finishing the last year of my diploma in Architecture. This year I won the Royal Society of the Arts’ (RSA) Inclusive Living brief, for my project Bee-Able. Bee-Able is a system designed to tackle inaccessibility in the city, aiming to make our cities more inclusive and accessible for everybody, via satirical design interventions, accessibility rating and way-finding technology. This has been a direct consequence from the research undertaken for my BERKELEY PRIZE essay written in 2013.

The problems I discovered whilst researching for the essay have stuck with me ever since - I feel strongly that these problems can be eradicated with a little effort. In 2014 I won the Architects Journal Writing Prize for an essay discussing the experience of architecture without sight – something I was sensitive to after taking part in the PRIZE. Taking part in the PRIZE has greatly influenced my career thus far, with all of my projects now deeply aware of the importance of the social art of architecture. I would like to say a huge thank you to the BERKELEY PRIZE for inspiring me and giving me confidence at such a crucial point in my career!

Sophia's current project 'Bee-Able' to tackle inaccessible cities

Satirical interventions to momentarily disable the able - provoking dialogue on accessibility

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