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Berkeley Prize-THE 2015 ESSAY PRIZE COMPETITION


AN ESSAY CONTEST IN THREE STAGES OPEN TO ALL CURRENT FULL-TIME REGISTERED STUDENTS IN AN UNDERGRADUATE ARCHITECTURE DEGREE PROGRAM, UNDERGRADUATES MAJORING IN ARCHITECTURE, OR DIPLOMA STUDENTS IN ACCREDITED SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE WORLDWIDE. 15,000USD PURSE.

The Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Design Excellence endowment was established in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design to promote the investigation of architecture as a social art. Each year  the PRIZE Committee selects a topic important to the understanding of the interaction of people and the built world that becomes the focus of the Essay Competition. This year the topic is: Architects Confront Poverty.

The Committee poses a Question on this website related to the topic. Students enrolled in any accredited undergraduate architecture program or diploma in architecture program throughout the world are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal in English responding to the Question (see eligibility requirements).  Undergraduate architecture students may team up with undergraduates from allied arts and social sciences programs.

From the pool of essay proposals received, approximately 25 are selected by the PRIZE Committee as particularly promising. The 25 selected individual students, or student teams, become Semifinalists.

These Semifinalists are invited to submit a 2,500-word essay, again in English, expanding on their proposals. A group of readers, composed of Committee members and invited colleagues, selects five-to-eight of the best essays and sends these Finalist essays to a jury of international academics and architects to select the winners.

At the conclusion of the Essay Competition submittals, all Semifinalists are also invited to submit for one of several BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowships. Details for the Fellowships will be announced in the spring 2015. Past Travel Fellowship Competition requirements, winning submissions, and follow-up reports by the winners are available to read here on the website.

Background image credits

Cover image: Morogoro road-Tanzania//Tassilo Letzel, In-page image:Dreaming bodies sketch//Patrycja Stal