The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence
Berkeley Prize 2024

Awards to the Berkeley Prize

From the Dean, College of Environmental Design

August 7, 2017

On behalf of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, I am delighted to congratulate the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence on its 20th Anniversary. I also congratulate the Berkeley Prize Committee, a large group of renowned scholars and practitioners from around the world, who are deeply dedicated to insuring that each student submission is read critically and thoughtfully reviewed. This is truly a collaborative global effort, done as a service to the goals of architectural education and as an investment in the future of architectural design.

The benefits of participation in the Berkeley Prize are extraordinary, not only for those students who receive an award. Involvement in the program catalyzes all students to explore their design ethics, ideas for addressing social and environmental challenges, and hopes for the future. Throughout this process, students are encouraged to clearly articulate their professional goals and identify their personal paths forward. Not surprisingly, many have gone on to have profound impact on people and places, through their activism and practice.

As an institution dedicated to the social art of architecture, the College of Environmental Design is proud to be associated with the Berkeley Prize, and to let students around the world, as well as to our own students, know about this invaluable opportunity!

Jennifer Wolch
William W. Wurster Dean

2009: The American Institute of Architects 2009 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement


Press Release:

AIA select Six Recipients of the 2009 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement
Washington, D.C. – January 22, 2009 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the recipients of the 2009 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. The award, to be presented at the 2009 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in San Francisco, recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.
The recipients include the collaborative contributions of two individuals, a photographer and an engineer; two publications, a textbook and a magazine; a preservation organization; and an essay competition.
Berkeley Prize
Embracing the idea that social ideals are fundamental to making buildings of worth, the prize is made possible within the Department of Architecture of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, by an endowment from the late poet, teacher, and journalist Judith Lee Stronach. Each year, the endowment awards about $10,000 in prizes. "Through a two-stage juried process, the [Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence] encourages, promotes, and rewards critical thinking and writing two traditionally underemphasized areas of architectural education and training," writes John Cary, Assoc. AIA, in his letter of nomination. To date, he writes, the annual competition, founded by UC Berkeley Professor Raymond Lifchez, has drawn submissions from 893 architecture students in 45 countries.
About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit


2003: BERKELEY PRIZE 2003 named a special event of "World Heritage in the Digital Age," a virtual congress helping to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention


2002: The American Institute of Architects 2002 Education Honors Award

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