|The Tenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectual Design Excellence 2008|
Stage 2: Semifinalists
We are happy to announce that 26 contestants have advanced to the Semifinalist round (Stage Two) of the Berkeley Prize 2008 competition. Architecture students from 18 countries entered this year's competition, including Kuwait, Uruguay, the Philippines, Switzerland, Nigeria, China and others. Semifinalists are invited to submit a 2500-word essay based on their 500-word Proposal. The top five to seven essays will be selected for final judging by the Berkeley Prize Jury.
Opeyemi Adewale, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria
Elham Alavizadeh and Seid Hassan Alavizadeh, Islamic Azad University of Tehran and Islamic Art University of Tabriz, Iran
Patrick Allen, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Brad Bailey, Oklahoma State University, USA
Ruwan Fernando, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Nicole Graycar, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Matthew Hague, University of Waterloo, Canada
Hila Hayout, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel
Oliver Hulland and Anna Finneran, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Faizan Jawed, Rizvi College of Architecture, India
Eslam Khalil, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA
Julie Knorr, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Yoshiyuki Minagwa, Oklahoma State University, USA
Anusha Narayanan and Avikal Somvanshi, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India
Jason Pooley, Dalhousie University, Canada
Mina Rafiee, University of Tehran, Iran
Sonya Redman, University of New South Wales, Australia
Ghazal Refalian, Art University, Iran
Nazneen Saifuddin, American University of Sharjah, Kuwait
Laura Schlifer and Daniel Carlson, University of Minnesota, USA
Jesse Stephenson, Iowa State University, USA
Sam Stewart-Halevy and Ian Mactavish, Princeton University and Columbia University, USA
Saurabh Tewar, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, India
Matthew Watson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Petrina Yeap, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Yoav Zilberdik and Gilad Reichenberg, Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Israel
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO SEMIFINALISTS
We compliment all of the Semifinalists on the extraordinary diversity of ideas and approaches in response to this year’s Question. Such responses indicate the depth of interest and concern for Architecture as a Social Art. As an essay competition, the Berkeley Prize encourages the translation of these interests and concerns into a format for communication both to those within the profession and the wider public.
The Berkeley Prize Committee encourages Semifinalists to improve the crafting of their 2,500 word essays. As such, a few general suggestions seem appropriate. Remember: In answering this year’s Question, the Berkeley Prize Committee is particularly interested in responses that speak to the general public. If social architecture is to become the norm, rather then the exception, the PUBLIC must be persuaded of the value of design that reflects human worth. If social architecture is to be built, rather than simply discussed, the PUBLIC must be persuaded that there is added value to constructing buildings much different than most of the architecture being built today.
Remember: This is an essay competition and that you are presenting an argument about a certain question and you are attempting to convince the reader that this argument has merit. At the same time, you want your essay to be meaningful to the widest possible audience. This means selecting a voice that is both your own and one that is accessible to serious readers. Avoid jargon. Avoid assumptions about to the level of knowledge of your reader. Have fun. Essays by their very nature are somewhat formal, but the best are also a pleasure to read.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2008 BERKELEY PRIZE ESSAY
In Stage Two, you are to expand upon your chosen topic in 2,500 words. Your general task here is two-fold: 1) More fully describe and convince those reading that the social issue your proposed competition addresses is both important and pertinent; and 2) Provide those reading your essay a full understanding of exactly what the competition is and how it might work.
This year, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the BERKELEY PRIZE, the top essayists will be offered the opportunity in a third competition: The BERKELEY PRIZE Architectural Design Competition. You, in association with your school, may have the opportunity to actually hold your winning competition, based on your Proposal and Essay. Details for this third competition will be provided when the Finalists are announced.
In anticipation of this third competition, here is how we suggest you frame your essay:
Your proposal for the Social Art of Architecture Design Competition for has been selected as one of the Semifinalists. Now, design the Design Competition:
(1) What is the title of the competition?
As part of your submittal, please provide The BERKELEY PRIZE Committee with the name and contact information of a faculty member at your school who would be interested and available to act, along with yourself, as a coordinator for your Design Competition if your school is offered this opportunity.
A few suggestions:
THOUGHTFULLY CONSIDER YOUR WRITING BEFORE SUBMITTAL
Before you begin to write the 2,500 word essay, it is essential that you carefully consider the Reviewers’ comments about your Proposal for the essay. These comments are meant to help you write a winning essay. Please read your Reviewer comments in your Author Portfolio.
You have almost six weeks to produce your essay in final form. Use at least four of these weeks creatively to improve your writing abilities in English. Read some good prose written in English. Novels, poetry and architectural writing are great teachers.
Finally, try out your ideas on others before sending your essay. Ask a friend to read your essay before submitting it. Better yet, show it to two friends: one, a fellow architecture student; the second, a person not familiar with the discipline or profession. Use their input and if you can prevail on them, ask them to read your revised draft.
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