Are you a current full-time registered student in an undergraduate architecture degree program or undergraduate majoring in architecture in accredited schools of architecture worldwide?
Then submit an essay entry in the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize to Design Excellence Essay Competition 2022 for a chance at a cash prize of $35,000.
Application Deadline: November 1 2021
Eligibility / Teams
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This year you are asked to include TWO digital photographs that you have copied from any of this year’s posted topic Resources or similar resources that have influenced your Proposal. One of the photographs should help support the argument you make in your Proposal as to an issue you believe needs to be addressed in providing housing for the disadvantaged. The other photograph should help support the argument you make for the proposed response. A brief caption – 50 words maximum – should accompany the photograph telling us what the photo represents and the source of the photograph. Please post the photograph at a minimum 500 pixels wide, and in .jpg format. No more than two photographs will be accepted.
NOTE: The Readers are instructed not to add or detract points from their evaluation because of the quality of the photograph itself, nor whether it is the students’ work or an archival photograph. The Readers, however, will evaluate how the photographs help support the argument you have made in your Proposal.
You (and your teammate if you have one) will be asked to complete a short registration form which will not be seen by members of the Berkeley Prize Committee or Jury.
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.
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. Qualified students may also team up with undergraduates from allied arts and social sciences programs and submit proposals in teams of two.
From the pool of essay proposals received, approximately 25-28 are selected by the Prize Committee as particularly promising. The selected 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 the Prize Committee members 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 a proposal for a BERKELEY PRIZE summer Fellowship. This year, the opportunity is a Community Service Fellowship. Details for this Fellowship, now in its second year, will be announced in early 2022.
Judging for the essay competition is on a numeric system. The members of the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee are asked to evaluate each essay in terms of the following criteria:
You have been asked to design a housing project for the disadvantaged in your local community. What do you need to know to ensure that your design will both reflect the lives and aspirations of those for whom you design and for the project to be a proud, long-term addition to the fabric of your community?
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