The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2020
Berkeley Prize 2020

Delma Palma

2014 Travel Fellowship Winner

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

Degrees: Bachelor of Architecture (2014)


I am an architect and urban designer that designs mixed-income communities in some of the most impoverished areas of the United States. At my firm, my co-workers and I work with many entities, such as city housing authorities, public planning departments, and private developers, to deconcentrate the poverty that was exacerbated by the way public housing was developed in the 50’s and 60’s. Through designing mixed-income communities, we help cities and neighborhoods become more resilient socially, economically, and physically.

Public hearings are my favorite part of my job. At a public hearing you have the opportunity to hear testimonials from residents about how new housing will change the trajectory of their lives. These residents have usually lived in public housing for most of their lives, and a chance for a new house means so much more to them—a new house is equivalent to a new life for them and their children. 

A view of a planned mixed-income development in Washington DC with the historic rowhouse character

The entrance to an affordable apartment building with community amenities on the ground floor.

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