The Nineteenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2017
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Berkeley Prize News Archive

2017

February 08, 2017

The Travel Fellowship opportunity is now open to all 2017 Semifinalists! Please see details here, and read the instructions in the "To Enter" section carefully.


 

2016

December 19, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee has advanced 26 Semifinalists.  The field was particularly competitive this year.  We thank all who participated!  Congratulations to the Semifinalists!  You can see more about them here.


November 28, 2016

In Memoriam, Angela Nkya. It is with great regret that we announce the untimely death of our colleague, Architect Angela Nyka on November 12, 2016.  Angela has been a PRIZE Committee Member since 2005, and was the First Prize winner in the BERKELEY PRIZE 2004 Essay competition with her Essay, “At Home in the City.”  She worked for architectural firms in California (U.S.A.) and Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania helping to promote the ideals of the social art of architecture.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.


September 13, 2016

Please welcome the newest members to the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee: Padma Maitland, Benard Acellam, Aleksis Bertoni. Read about them, and the rest of the Committee here.

 


September 13, 2016

The Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley has posted a website of a public exhibition that was mounted earlier this year titled, Teaching Design With People in Mind: Social Factors at the College of Environmental Design. The exhibit documents the special place that Berkeley’s CED holds in the history of the on-going shift of architecture and architectural education from purely object-based design to "architecture for people." This commitment includes initiatives like the BERKELEY PRIZE, which is one of the showcased projects. See the entire exhibit here.

 


September 12, 2016

2016 Travel Fellowships are now posted! Read them here.

 


August 15, 2016

WATCH FOR THE LAUNCH OF BERKELEY PRIZE 2017 ON SEPTEMBER 15TH!


April 17, 2016

Winners of the 2016 BERKELEY PRIZE are announced today!  Four student essays were selected among many excellent entries.  See the winning essays here.


April 17, 2016

BERKELEY PRIZE 2016 Travel Fellows announced here!  Thank you to all who participated!


March 06, 2016

Finalist Essays have been announced!  See titles and countries of origin here.  Full details will be released in April.  


March 05, 2016

We are delighted to welcome Padma Maitland to the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee. Padma is a PhD Candidate in the Departments of Architecture and South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founder of the Architectural Journal Room One Thousand.


February 09, 2016

The BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship is now open to all 2016 Semifinalists!  Please click here for more information.


 

2015

December 17, 2015

Congratulations to the 2016 Semifinalists!  See more about the 25 Semifinalist individuals and teams here.


October 23, 2015

Stage One Essay Proposals are due November 1st!  Click here to create an account and upload your entry!


October 14, 2015

Read about this example of an artist-inspired solution to homelessness.


September 29, 2015

World-(in)famous street artist and social provocateur “Banksy” uses his notoriety - and artistic license - to attempt to bring new attention to the plight of the current deluge of refugees into Europe.


September 15, 2015

THE 2016 BERKELEY PRIZE ESSAY COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!  See the Question and learn how to enter HERE.


September 15, 2015

Read the new 2015 Travel Fellowship Reports here!


September 15, 2015

Avikal Somvanshi, BERKELEY PRIZE Committee Member and 2008 Architectural Design Fellow has been awarded this year's Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowship to study interface between buildings, city, and energy.


August 13, 2015

Watch for the launch of BERKELEY PRIZE 2016 on September 15!


April 23, 2015

Winners of the 2015 BERKELEY PRIZE are announced today!  Five student essays were selected among many excellent entries.  See the winning essays here.


April 23, 2015

BERKELEY PRIZE 2015 Travel Fellows announced here!  Thank you to all who participated!


March 12, 2015

Click here to see the Reserve: Archive of Top-Scoring Essays, a new addition to the BERKELEY PRIZE web site.


March 11, 2015

BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition Finalists announced!  See the Finalists here.


February 07, 2015

The Travel Fellowship closes at midnight GMT tonight!  All 2015 Essay Prize semifinalists are invited to submit proposals. Login here!


January 30, 2015

Read one of the latest JUDITH LEE STRONACH UNDERGRADUATE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP winners’ reports by U.C. Berkeley student, Julian Cuff Daley, for a first-hand description of architects confronting poverty in Chile. 


January 17, 2015

Dencity Competition 2015 open to architects, planners, students, engineers, designers, thinkers, NGOs and organizations from all over the world!  Click here for more information and to register.


 

2014

December 17, 2014

2015 Essay Semifinalists announced!  27 authors from 12 countries have been advanced. See more information here.  All participants can view the Readers' comments about their Proposals by logging in.


December 16, 2014

Read about the BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellows' recent participation at the International Association for Universal Design(IAUD) conference in Tokyo, Japan.  Find PowerPoint presentation and individual papers here.


November 09, 2014

Read the 2014 BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship Reports!


September 15, 2014

Andrew Amara, BERKELEY PRIZE Committee Member and 2006 Travel Fellow, has been garnering world-wide recognition for his Town Build project that is working to develop appropriate shelter solutions for informal settlements near Kampala, Uganda.  See more about Town Build here! 

 


September 15, 2014

Avikal Somvanshi, BERKELEY PRIZE Committee Member and 2008 Architectural Design Competition winner, has organized an exciting event under the auspices of the Centre for Science and the Environment that brings together architects and thinkers from around India to build a public dialogue around the potential of architecture to reduce pressure on resources.  The event will be held in New Delhi September 22-23.  For more information about the CSE Conclave on green architecture click here! 


September 02, 2014

2013 Teaching Fellows Reports now posted! Read them here.


September 02, 2014

See the 2014 Teaching Fellows' proposals here


September 02, 2014

Watch for the launch of BERKELEY PRIZE 2015 and this year’s new Web site on September 15.  Essay proposals due on November 1.


May 04, 2014

Reports from 2013 BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellows now posted.  Read them here!


April 25, 2014

2014 BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship is Launched!  


April 21, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Essay Prize Competition and Travel Fellowship are announced!  A full press release may be seen here. Thanks to all who participated!


February 15, 2014

We are delighted to welcome Erick Bernabe to the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee!  Erick is a social thinker and a student of architecture as activism.  Read his bio on the Committee Page.


February 13, 2014

Just published! An article by Acellam Benard (BERKELEY PRIZE 2011 Travel Fellow) on efforts by Acellam and other architecture students to help a struggling polytechnic in northern Uganda.  The article appears in Rebuild360, an online zine, “leading the next generation of socially responsible architects and designers”, published by Rebuild Global.  


February 11, 2014

Travel Fellowship is now open to all 2014 Semifinalists!  See details here.


January 27, 2014

We are delighted to welcome Christopher Ategeka to the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee!  Christopher is an engineer, inventor, and social entrepreneur.  He is CEO and founder of CA Bikes International which aims to connect individuals and communities in rural Uganda to critical health and education services by building and coordinating the distribution of locally made transport vehicles.  See Christopher's full bio on our Committee Page.


 

2013

December 16, 2013

We are happy to announce that 35 authors have advanced to the Semifinalist stage!  Please see details here.


October 26, 2013

Congratulations!  Paul Broches, FAIA, a BERKELEY PRIZE Committee Member and past Juror, has been elected to the National Academy, a 188-year old community of artists, architects, educators, students, museum-goers, and those dedicated to the arts in America.  Paul is among just 2000 inductees recognized for their contribution to American art and architecture since the Academy’s founding and now, one of the 300 current members of the Academy.  See Paul’s profile here and read the National Academy’s announcement here.


October 24, 2013

Read about Healthhabitat, an Australian initiative with the goal of improving the health of disadvantaged people, particularly children, by improving their housing.  Watch a TED talk by its Director, Paul Pholeros and film interview from GLOBAL STUDIO Bhopal.


October 11, 2013

Explore the ground-breaking work of the Center for Design and Health at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia (USA) as you develop your proposals for this year’s Question.


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September 15, 2013

BERKELEY PRIZE 2014 IS LAUNCHED!


September 15, 2013

Reports from the 2013 BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellows now posted! Read about their experiences here.


September 15, 2013

Read the winning proposals from the 2013 BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellows here!


September 15, 2013

2011 Travel Fellow Acellam Benard now working as a creative writer for RebuildGlobal.


September 15, 2013

2013 Essay Competition Winner Faiq Mari appointed instructor at Birzeit University, Palestine.


May 15, 2013

Sophia Bannert's winning BERKELEY PRIZE 2013 essay published on Archdaily.com. See the posting here.


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April 19, 2013

Winners of the 2013 BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition are announced!  Details are available here.


April 18, 2013

For a summary of BERKELEY PRIZE 2013, see here.


April 18, 2013

2013 BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellows announced!  See details here.


April 18, 2013

2013 BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellows announced!  See details here.


March 20, 2013

FACULTY:  Explore another teaching fellowship opportunity that has a special focus on Universal Design being offered at University at Buffalo (New York) School of Architecture.  See details here!


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March 15, 2013

2013 BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition Finalists are announced!  Click here for details.


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February 26, 2013

FACULTY:  The new, 2013 BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship for undergraduate architectural design faculty is now launched.  See Fellowships.  STUDENTS:  Be sure to tell your teachers!


 

2012

September 15, 2012

BERKELEY PRIZE 2013 IS NOW LAUNCHED!  Read this year's essay question here.


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September 14, 2012

The 2012 Travel Fellowship reports are now posted!  Read them here.


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September 14, 2012

Joining us as permanent Committee Members are Robert Ungar, Clare Robinson, Preeti Talwai and Elaine Ostroff.  See their bios on the new Committee Page.


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August 26, 2012

Andrew Amara,  BP2006 Essay award and Travel Fellow, and a BERKELEY PRIZE Committee Member has just recieved Architecture for Humanity's Founders' Award in their 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: (UN)Restricted Access competition for his "Paicho Huts near Gulu, Uganda" entry.  Click here to see the details on this proposal to convert a former Internally Displaced Persons camp to benefit rural country dwellers as a combination clinic, community center, market and memorial gallery.


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June 16, 2012

SEE THE WINNING 2012 ESSAY ENTRIES!  


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June 16, 2012

SEE THE 2012 TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP WINNERS!


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May 31, 2012

Report from 2011 Architectural Design Fellow Preeti Talwai now posted!  Read about the results of the InFORMal Competition here.


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May 19, 2012

Report from 2011 Global Studio Travel Fellow Christina Monzer now posted!  Read about her travels here.


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April 04, 2012

2011 Architectural Design Fellow Joseph Audeh's Tap City competition featured in Bustler!


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March 20, 2012

Report from 2011 Global Studio Travel Fellow Acellam Benard now posted!  Read about his journey here.


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March 08, 2012

BERKELEY PRIZE 2012 Essay Competions Finalists announced!  Click here to see more.


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February 16, 2012

BERKELEY PRIZE Committee Member, Roberta M. Feldman, and BP Emeritus Committee Member, Rafi Segal are part of Studio Gang's (Chicago) collaborative team of architects, urban designers and artists, one of five, whose ideas are showcased at New York's Museum of Modern Art in the temporary exhibit that just opened: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.  See the NEW YORK MAGAZINE review of the exhibition and their contribution, "The Garden in the Machine" here.


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February 12, 2012

2011 Architectural Design Fellow Joseph Audeh's competition results are in!  See the report and winning entries here.


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February 09, 2012

2012 Travel Fellowships and Architectural Design Fellowships are launched!  


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2011

December 27, 2011

Read 2011 Architectural Design Fellow Preeti Talwai's first report!


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December 13, 2011

2012 BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition Semifinalists are announced!  Click here to see results.


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December 12, 2011

The BERKELEY PRIZE proudly welcomes three new Committee Members: Sandy Hirshen, Cynthia Whitehead, and Friedner Wittman.


November 14, 2011

The BERKELEY PRIZE proudly welcomes three new Committee Members: Jan Wampler, Rachel Kallus, and Jason Miller.
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October 30, 2011

Read new report from 2011 Travel Fellow Diana Mihai!


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October 24, 2011

"Tap City", the local New York City design competition by BERKELEY PRIZE 2011 Architectural Design Fellow, Joseph Audeh, is launched.


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October 20, 2011

The United Nations exhibition "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES" has opened in New York City. Read a review of this survery of Design for the Public Good from around the world, and an excerpt from the catalogue essay introducing the topic.

October 19, 2011

"Essays on the Social Art of Architecture" has been expanded to include all of the articles that have been posted on Facebook. Explore!
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October 12, 2011

Read about New York City's success at providing Architecture for the Public Good.
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September 15, 2011

BERKELEY PRIZE 2012 IS LAUNCHED!.

September 15, 2011

Read reports from 2011 Travel Fellows Milenka Jirasko and Hriday Gami!
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July 31, 2011

Watch for the launch of BERKELEY PRIZE 2012 on September 15, 2011.

June 12, 2011

Read (and watch) the 2011 Commencement Address at U.C. Berkeley's College of Environmental Design by BERKELEY PRIZE Committee Member, John Cary
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May 01, 2011

2011 BERKELEY PRIZE ESSAY PRIZE WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED TODAY! See more about the winning essayists here.
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May 01, 2011

2011 BERKELEY PRIZE TRAVEL FELLOWS ARE ANNOUNCED TODAY! See more about the fellows here.
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May 01, 2011

2011 BERKELEY PRIZE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FELLOWS ARE ANNOUNCED TODAY! See more about the fellows here.
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April 13, 2011

Announcements for all 2011 BERKELEY PRIZE awards will be made slightly later then anticipated - they will be available on or before May 1. Watch this space for the notice of the posting!

March 07, 2011

Finalists Announced! Click here to see more.
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February 08, 2011

Fellowship Competitions are launched! These opportunities are open to all Semifinalists. Click here to learn more.
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January 24, 2011

SEMIFINALISTS: Stage 2 essays are due February 1! Log in here to access your account.
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2010

December 17, 2010

SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED! Click here to see more.
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December 17, 2010

2010 Architectural Design Fellow Robert Ungar announces the results of his competition! Click here to download the results.
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November 09, 2010

Thanks to all who submitted proposals for the 2011 BERKELEY PRIZE! Semifinalists will be announced in the middle of December.

October 21, 2010

Essay Proposals

October 21, 2010

2011 Essay PROPOSALS are due on November 1- just ten days from now. If you have any questions, be sure to post them in the Forum or send them to info@berkeleyprize.org.

October 17, 2010

Visit the FORUM for questions and answers about this year's competition.
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October 16, 2010

Additonal past winning Essays and the winning Proposals that led to them have been posted. Go to the archives for 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

September 16, 2010

Use the new Berkeley Prize Forum to get help and search for a competition partner around the world!
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September 15, 2010

BERKELEY PRIZE 2011 is launched! Explore the new website!

September 14, 2010

Read the 2010 BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellow reports here.
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September 14, 2010

Read the progress report on the BERKELEY PRIZE 2010 Architectural Design Fellowship here.
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September 08, 2010

Sign up for the GLOBAL STUDIO, this year in India, by September 22!
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August 27, 2010

Watch for the launch of BERKELEY PRIZE 2011 on September 15!

April 28, 2010

BERKELEY PRIZE 2010 Essay Prize winners announced!

April 28, 2010

BERKELEY PRIZE 2010 Travel Fellows announced!

April 28, 2010

BERKELEY PRIZE 2010 Architectural Design Fellow announced!

 

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