2016 Berkeley Essay Prize

This year the topic is: Sheltering Those in Need: Architects Confront Homelessness.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Essay, Students, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Essay
Country United States
RegDeadline 1 November 2015 GoogleCal iCal
1 November 2015 (via Online)
Eligibility All current full-time registered students in an undergraduate architecture degree program or undergraduates majoring in architecture in accredited schools of architecture worldwide

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: Sheltering Those in Need: Architects Confront Homelessness.

John Cary, Founding Editor, PublicInterestDesign.org
Teddy Cruz, Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of California
Arif Hasan, Architect and Planner, Karachi, Pakistan
Ananya Roy, Professor and Distinguished Chair, Global Poverty and Practice, University of California, Berkeley

There is a total prize of 20,000USD, minimum 5,500USD first prize.

Entry Fee

500-word essay

Essay Semifinalists announced: Mid-December, 2015
(Stage Two) Essay Semifinalists' 2,500-word essays due: February 1, 2016
Launch of Travel Fellowship Competition for Essay Semifinalists: February 8, 2016
Essay Finalists announced: Early-March, 2016
Travel Fellowship Entries Due: March 12, 2016
Essay winners and Travel Fellowship winners Announced: Mid-April, 2016
Launch of Teaching Fellowship Competition for undergraduate architecture (faculty): Early Spring, 2016

Past winners

Berkeley Prize Committee

Official Website