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

Architecture for the Public Good: A Photo Essay of Built Projects from Around the World

Contributed by members of the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee. Click on each photo to view a larger version.

Amalgamated Dwellings, 1930

New York City, New York, USA
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

Amalgamated Dwellings, New York City, USA. The six-story Art Deco building with 236 apartments was designed by the architects Springsteen & Goldhammer and was completed in 1930 at the site of a former printing plant. It is part of the Cooperative Village, a community of housing cooperatives. These were an early attempt to break open the old tenements of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and provide light, gardens and community. The area is a history of New York housing from tenements through high-rise projects and back to the tenements being restored and the neighborhood becoming an 'Arts' district.

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Baylor College of Medicine Children's Hospital, 2008

Kampala, Uganda
Contributed by Andrew Amara

At the government facilities, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Uganda works to integrate pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment services into the existing district health systems. The 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art Centre delivers HIV/AIDS care and treatment to more than 4,000 HIV-infected children and family members.

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Butaro Hospital, 2010

Butaro, Burero District, Rwanda
MASS Design Group, Architects, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Contributed by John Cary

Burera District is one of the last two districts in Rwanda to receive a district hospital, which when built will serve over 400,000 people.

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Cuncolim Market, 2011

Cuncolim, Goa, India
DEAN D'CRUZ, Architect, Goa, India
Contributed by Malini Krishnankutty

A vegetable and meat market for the village of Cuncolim. Photograph by Himanshu Burte

Dalian Preschool, 2009

Dalian, Liaoning Province, People's Republic of China
DEBBAS ARCHITECTURE, Berkeley, California, USA
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

A comprehensive learning environment for young children.

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Ed Roberts Campus, 2011

Berkeley, California, USA
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

A center for organizations serving people with disabilities.

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Ekialo Kiona Community Center, 2010

Mfango Island, Kenya
Designed by Matthew "Mookie" Tierney and his team from the EK Sustainable Design Guild, Mfangano Island, Kenya
Contributed by Benjamin Clavan

A community center owned and managed by the people of Mfangano, allowing residents to connect with international partners and coordinate the services of numerous NGO’s in Suba District from one location.

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Garland Farm Barn Learning Center renovation

Mount Desert Island, Maine, USA
SCOTT KONIECKO, Architect, New York City, New York, USA
Contributed by Scott Koniecko

The Beatrix Farrand Society was founded on June 16, 2003, as a federally recognized nonprofit Maine corporation to foster the art and science of horticulture and landscape design, with emphasis on the life and work of landscape architect Beatrix Farrand.

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Henry Street Settlement House

New York City, New York, USA
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

Henry Street Settlement aims to provide opportunities for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.

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Horikawa Canal

Kyoto, Japan
Designed by architecture and landscape architecture students of Professor Ronald Lovinger, University of Oregon, USA and the city of Kyoto, Japan
Contributed by Howard Davis

A revitalization of a 1,200 year old urban waterway.

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Iquique (squatter) housing

Iquique, Chile
ELEMENTAL, Architects, Chile
Contributed by Benjamin Clavan

The architect, Alejandro Aravena, was asked to re-house 100 squatter families on the same plot of land that they had occupied for the last 30 years, but to do this within the standard government subsidy of USD7,500 per house. ELEMENTAL designed and built the structure and the kitchen and bathroom, giving the residents a framework within which to infill, over time, the remaining 50% of the homes.

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Jerusalem International YMCA, 1933

Jerusalem, Israel
Arthur Loomis Harmon, SHREVE, LAMB AND HARMON, Architect
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) building is celebrated as a wellspring of cultural, athletic, social and intellectual life for Israelis and visitors to the country.

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Kerala Festival Scene

Kerala, India
Contributed by Paul Broches

An ancient edifice is transformed into a lively venue for a local festival by the addtion of a makeshift frame and meters of decorated fabric, showing that architecture for the public good can be both a setting for a single significant moment in time or for years and centuries of use. Or both.

Kiryat Tivon Water Tower, 1940, 1995

Kiryat Tivon, Israel
Yosef Ben-Naim, Architect, Israel
Contributed by Robert Ungar

This tower was one of a number of mostly abandoned water towers throughout Israel that were the focus of Robert Ungar's winning BERKELEY PRIZE 2010 Architectural Design Competition proposal. The Tower was built in 1940 and was re-purposed in 1995 by Architect Yosef Ben-Naim for use as a public exhibition facility the town's historical archives. Photo by Robert Ungar.

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Kitgum Museum for Peace and War Archive, 2010

Kitgum, Uganda
David Salazar, DTSALAZAR INC., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Rafi Segal, RAFI SEGAL ARCHITECTURE URBANISM, New York; Andrew Amara, Project Manager.
Contributed by David Salazar

A semi-open structure designed for exhibitions to promote cultural heritage and the peace building process, which acts both as a pathway to unify and rehabilitate the existing buildings on site, and to create a central public courtyard in memory of the victims of Northern Uganda’s long term fighting.

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Lalit Kala Akademi

Panaji, Goa, India
CHARLES CORREA, Goa, India, Architect
Contributed by Malini Krishnankutty

A museum and space meant to foster and coordinate activities in the sphere of creative visual arts and to promote cultural unity. Photographs by Himanshu Burte.

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Living in Here, 2008

Colonia Obrera, Mexico, D.F., Mexico
Contributed by Benjamin Clavan

'Living in Here', the Mexican Pavilion under the care of Javier Sanchez at the 11th Venice Biennale of the International Architecture Exhibition, presents a collective proposal of social housing in Mexico City developed by architects, Derek Dellekamp and Gerardo Asali. Photos by Edoardo Luppari, Studioplano

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Mills Building, South Carolina State Hospital, 1827

South Carolina, USA
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

The Mills Building is the oldest structure in the United States continuously used as a mental hospital.

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PATH Villas Osage, 2011

City of Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Contributed by Benjamin Clavan

PATH Villas Osage Apartments is a 20-unit affordable housing development that consists of eight one-bedroom, six two-bedroom, and six three-bedroom units. To foster and enhance an uplifting community spirit between families and the PATH counselors the development features a central landscaped courtyard, a community room and a children’s play area that is observable from all units.

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Plaza Apartments, 2006

San Francisco, California, USA
LEDDY MAYTUM STACY, Architect, San Francisco, California, USA & PAULETT TAGGART, Architect in association, San Francisco, California, USA
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

The Plaza Apartments provide 106 mini-studio apartments to San Francisco’s lowest income residents. The project also aims to improve the community with active retail on its ground floor.

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Rockefeller Center, 1933

New York City, NY, USA
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

Rockefeller Center’s success as an icon of commercial building development is as much the result of the design and integration of its public spaces as it is for the design of its landmark office towers. As one example, the Rockefeller Center Plaza not only plays a social role as a (non-)traditional “town square” for residents of New York City, but also as an internationl "front porch" for the rest of the United States.

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Rural school

Tamil Nadu, India
Contributed by Paul Broches

Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2008

San Francisco, CA, USA
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

This project was created as a sanctuary within an urban environment where low income residents and children could gain hope about their futures.

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Seattle Central Library, 2004

Seattle, WA, USA
REM KOOLHAAS OMA, Architect, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Contributed by Raymond Lifchez

Photographs by Brian Gassman

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Sri Ekambareswarar Temple at Kanchipuram

Tamil Nadu, India
Contributed by Paul Broches

Popularly known as Ekambara Nathar temple, this large complex, originally built by the Pallava dynasty (4th to 9th Century), was later reconstructed by the Chola and Vijayanagar rulers. Although the motivating force for the temple is the worship of the Hindu Lord Shiva, its use is - and probably always has been - both religious and secular, thus serving the local population in a multitude of ways.

Swan's Marketplace, 2000

Oakland, California, USA
PYATOK ARCHITECTS INC., Architect, Oakland, California, USA
Contributed by Michael Pyatok

Mixed-use affordable housing & retail.

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Temescal Branch Library, 1918

Oakland, CA, USA
DONOVAN and DICKEY, Architect
Contributed by Ray Lifchez

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