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


Architecture and Climate Resilience

Essay Prize Question


Essay Prize Jurors

Fadi Masoud
Youssef Nassef
Avikal Somvanshi
Susan Ubbelohde

Dedication: U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design 

Founded in 1959, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design was an early reflection of the shift in architectural education during the second half of the 20th century from primarily aesthetic considerations to systematically identifying and studying the relationships between humans and their environment.  By combining the decades-old academic programs of architecture, landscape design and urban planning at Berkeley, an entirely different educational focus was created. 

An outgrowth of this new approach was the integration of social, behavioral, ecological, and climatic studies and research into the design curriculum. The result was a new all-encompassing discipline that was named Environmental Design. Wurster Hall itself reflects detailed responses to a number of the areas of concern, including the social distribution of spaces, the use of extensive passive sun-control elements, and more rigorous study of the proposed building as part of the total campus plan.

Wurster Hall was named after the husband and wife team of William Wurster and Catherine Bauer Wurster.  William Wurster was head of the School of Architecture and then the first Dean of the CED.  Catherine Bauer Wurster was a nationally-recognized housing expert and later Professor of City and Regional Planning at CED.  Both played significant roles in the founding of the new college.

Essay Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions

First Place Prize (shared): Ms. Muskaan Jain and Mr. Gurinder Singh, Bachelor of Architecture students at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India for: “Designing for Climate and Climate Change: A Paradigm Shift ”

First Place Prize (shared): Ms. Shahreen Mukashafat Semontee and Mr. Raquibul Hassan Bhuiyan, Bachelor of Architecture student in the Department of Architecture at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh for: “Thinking Water, Thinking Fluid.” 

Second Place Prize: Mr. Cullen Sayegh, Bachelor of Architecture student in School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA for: “Isolated Space: Cultural and Climatic Continuity in Southern Appalachia” 

Third Place Prize: Ms. Chiranjivi Jai Mankoo and Ms. Samriddhi Pandey, Bachelor of Architecture students in the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi, India for: “Adapting Traditions In The New World Order.” 

Travel Fellowship Winners and Destination 

Mr. Edward Couper, a Diploma in Architecture student from the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University, London, England to travel to Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia to attend the Bamboo Intensive Course of Bamboo U; and to Iloilo City, Philippines to attend an ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency.

Mr. Philipp Goertz, a Bachelor of Architecture student at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany to travel to the Architectural Association London’s Visiting School in Tokyo, Japan for their “Ring of Fire“ course that will explore innovative new ways of designing shelters to respond to natural disasters in a 40,000 km area of the Pacific Ocean; and to Kyoto for self-guided research on adobe and clay-construction techniques in traditional Japanese buildings.

Mr. Ramzi Shadid, a Bachelor of Architecture student; and Mr. Mohammed Itair, an Urban Planning Engineering student, both studying at An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine (shared) to travel as a team to the Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying’s 3D Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab in the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, to participate in a training program for applying 3D geospatial modelling for visualization and analysis of our built-up environment in terms of the relation between architecture and climate change.

Ms. Shanice Nyokabi, a Bachelor of Architectural Studies student in the Department of Architecture and Engineering at the University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya to travel to Porto Portugal to attend Critical Concrete’s hands-on summer school program, “Practice & Theory of Sustainable and Social Architecture.”


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2019 Poster
2019 Press Release

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Rwanda's Green Fund invested in Rweru Green Village by providing water tanks, including this one which is connected to mains water to serve the community in times of drought.

Understanding community perceptions of Climate Change through dialogue. Photo Credit: Neelakshi Joshi

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