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


Valuing the Sacred

Essay Prize Question
What is a sacred space? Historically, certain buildings have served as sacred places for meditation, to celebrate a religious ritual, or simply to take refuge from the pressures of every day life. Select a place, location, or setting in your community or your local environment that you personally believe to be sacred, but that has as yet not been widely accepted as important in this way. Tell us: Why it is sacred. What community resources are needed to insure its preservation. What, if any, architectural intervention you believe is appropriate to memorialize its special nature.

The 2011 berkeley prize is dedicated to all the BERKELEY PRIZE student participants who explore the importance of the social art of architecture, and to those students below whose responses have most impressed the Readers and Jurors.

Essay Prize Jurors
Andrew Amara
Paul Broches
Clare Cooper Marcus
Nalini Thakur

Essay Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions

First Prize: Holly Simon, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

First Prize: Iina Valkeisenmäki, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Second Prize: Rebecca David, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

Second Prize: Davis Owen, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Travel Fellowship Winners and Destination

Hriday Gami, CEPT University, New Delhi, India for travel to the Wood in Construction and Architecture Program at Aalto Univerisity, Helsinki, Finland.

Milenka Jirasko, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, for travel to Amizade Service Learning Program, Oswiecim, Poland.

Diana Mihai, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania for travel to Architects Sans Frontieres-UK in Jammu and Kashmir, India.

Architectural Design Competition Fellows

Joseph Audeh, New York University, New York, USA.

Preeti Talwai, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA.

Related Links
2011 Prize Website
2011 Poster

2011 Poster

Ta Phrom Temple, Ankor, Cambodia

Ta Phrom Temple, Angkor, Cambodia ©Benjamin Clavan


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