Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 international Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence (www.berkeleyprize.org/). Directed at undergraduate architecture students from around the world, the Berkeley Prize consists of an Essay Prize Competition ($15,000 total purse; $5,000 first prize) and a Travel Fellowship Competition.
For the essay prize, students must submit a 500-word essay proposal by November 1, 2013, on this year’s topic: "The Architect and the Healthful Environment." Semifinalists will be announced in mid-December, and will be asked to submit a 2,500-word essay expanding on their proposal. Early in spring 2014, semifinalists will be eligible to enter the Travel Fellowship Competition, which enables students to participate in a hands-on summer program of their choice related to the essay topic.
A 63-person committee of international academics and architects, many with ties to UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, reviews all of the proposals and essays and selects the semifinalists and finalists. A topic-specific jury will select the winners of the essay contest in April 2014. Winners of the travel fellowship will also be announced at that time. For more information, visit www.berkeleyprize.org/competition/essay/2014.
A recently inaugurated related competition, the Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship ($7,500 prize, each), will be offered in 2014 for undergraduate architectural design faculty. The goal of this academic-year teaching fellowship is to focus students’ attention on the social and physical characteristics of the proposed users of the buildings and spaces they design. The topic, following this year's focus, is: “Teaching Healthful Architecture.” More information about the fellowship will be available in early 2014 at www.berkeleyprize.org/competition/teaching/2014.
The Berkeley Prize, established in 1998 and made possible by a generous gift of Judith Lee Stronach, encourages architecture students to go into their communities to learn how the built environment can and does serve social needs. Nearly 1,600 students representing architecture schools in 61 countries have submitted essays in the competition’s sixteen-year history. The Berkeley Prize was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Collaborative Achievement Honor Award in 2009, and the American Institute of Architect’s Education Honor Award in 2002.
The Berkeley Prize is endorsed by the Department of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Chair of the prize is UC Berkeley Professor of Architecture Raymond Lifchez. Coordinator of the prize is CED alumnus Benjamin Clavan, Architect, AIA (Ph.D. Architecture '86; M.Arch. '75).