|The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2020|
Winners of the twenty-second annual BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition are announced by University of California, Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Architecture and City & Regional Planning Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the international Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence.
The Essay Competition timeline started on 15 September 2019 with all submissions due on 1 February 2020. Since then, the unprecedented upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the entire academic landscape. The potential longer-term effects of the pandemic on higher education generally and architecture programs specifically are still unclear.
In the long-term, the PRIZE hopes to adjust its outreach to respond to any new realities. For the moment and as a direct reflection of the hardships caused by both the virus and subsequent population lockdowns worldwide, this year’s PRIZE awards have been expanded.
Each year, the PRIZE Committee and the Jurors look to identify the most outstanding work among the many excellent essays and the research that those essays describe. This year, all of the submissions will be honored:
In total, 52 students are recognized and honored for their 26, two-member team, essay submissions as described below.
First Place Prize
Rhiddhit Paul (architecture) and Abhradeep Chakraborty (planning) at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India for: “Nests for a Phoenix: Building Life After Death” (9000USD)
Second Place Prize
Poonam Parikh (architecture) and Khushali Haji (urban design) at the C.E.P.T. University, Ahmedabad, India for: "Ahmedabad: Growing through a History of Community and Conflict" (7500USD)
Third Place Prize
Michael Tsang (architecture) and Elisa Ynaraja Rodriguez (civil engineering) at the University of Bath, Bath, UK for: "The Storytellers of Bristol: An Exploration of Community Created by Theatre” (6000USD)
Claudio Cabana (architecture/environmental design) and Henrike Scholz (international relations) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada for: “The Learned City: Civic Buildings, Information Inequality, and the Digital Divide” (2500USD)
Vladimir Kositsyn (architecture) and Zhenya Nasledskova (environmental design) at the Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation for: “Moscow Civic Buildings and Their Variability through the Prism of Time” (2500USD)
Elizabeth Njeri Mugo (architecture) at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Stephanie Brenda Wanjiru Munene (law) at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya for: “For the love of Museums” (2500USD)
Madhura Vaze (architecture) at B.K.P.S. College of Architecture and Nabha Joshi (economics) at the S.P College, Pune, India for: “Public Markets: Building Community, Building Economy" (2500USD)
Jingni Wu (art) at Beihang University and Xinxing Chen (architecture) at the Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China for: “Elder-Friendly Community Building: Civic Space Creation under the Renovation of the Hutong Area” (2500USD)
Additional Help and InformationAre you in need of assistance? Please email email@example.com.