The T.Y. Lin Prize is awarded annually to students who wish to pursue joint studies in architecture and engineering. Eligible nominees are M. Arch., M.S., and Ph.D. students with at least one year remaining to complete their degrees. Applicants already enrolled in a concurrent degree program with the College of Engineering do not qualify for this award. Prize amount allocated between 1-2 recipients, and will be selected by Structures faculty.
March 1, 2023
Please fill out the online application form where you will submit all application materials listed below as a single pdf file. Please include your name and student ID number on the document.
- A Bio-Bibliography detailing coursework and/or work/research experience (maximum of 250 words; you may include an optional CV in addition to this requirement)
- An abstract of your proposed research (maximum of 250 words)
- A statement of proposed research including objectives, methods, and significance of the research (maximum of 500 words)
- A description of your Primary Advisor, as well as other people with whom you intend to work (maximum of 250 words)
- A budget justification (for “necessary consumable, experimental supplies;” see notes below)
- A portfolio of graduate studio work completed at CED (maximum of 4 pages).
Note: Recipients will be asked to return in the Fall 2023 semester and present their work.
Please note: You may purchase non-consumable items with prize funds for your research (e.g. building a model), but those items would become the property of the College of Environmental Design upon the completion of your project. Federal financial aid regulations require that all awards received by a student cannot exceed their financial aid need as determined by a congressional formula. It is possible, therefore, that the cash award for a Prize could reduce some component of a needy student’s package of financial aid awards. In these cases, the Financial Aid Office attempts first to reduce loan or work aid; fellowships, grants or scholarships are only reduced as a last resort. Regardless of your financial aid situation, the IRS views fellowships, grants or scholarships that are not directly applied to tuition or other educational expenses as taxable income.
A jury composed of professors in the CED Department of Architecture and College of Engineering will evaluate applications and select prize winners shortly after the deadline for submissions. The 2023 T.Y. Lin Prize recipients will be announced and awarded at the end of the Spring 2023 semester.
The T.Y. Lin Prize is a merit-based award that supports specific research proposals to study some aspect of architecture with a strong engineering component. The prize was established in 1994 through the efforts of Professor Gary Black and the generosity of the T.Y. Lin Foundation to support the endeavors of students who show promise and interest in integrating structural engineering and architecture. Applicants need not be or have plans to be pursuing the joint program with engineering to be eligible to apply.
Tung-Yen (T.Y.) Lin (M.S. Civil Engineering, 1933) was a professor emeritus in civil engineering at UC Berkeley, and a visionary whose pioneering work in prestressed concrete had a profound influence on modern structural design. In 1954, Lin founded the firm T.Y. Lin and Associates to help move prestressed concrete from the realm of research into real-world applications. Considered one of the greatest structural engineers of his time, Lin earned a reputation for combining elegance and strength in his designs. Evidence of Lin’s work can be seen worldwide, from San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center (whose 22,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall was the world’s largest underground room at the time it was constructed in 1982) to the Kuan Du Bridge in Taiwan to the roof of the National Racetrack in Caracas, Venezuela.
During Lin’s tenure at UC Berkeley, he served as chair of the Division of Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics and as director of the Structural Engineering Laboratory from 1960 to 1963. He was appointed campus-wide Professor of Arts and Science for the 1968-69 academic year to advance interdisciplinary teaching. And from 1969-70, Lin chaired UC Berkeley’s Board of Educational Development.