Berkeley Prize 2011


First Place prize
"Museum of Music Moves a City" by Holly Simon, Dalhousie University School of Architecture, Halifax, Canada. (4500USD prize)

First Place prize
"Sauna: Temple of the Five Senses" by Iina Valkeisenmäki, Aalto University Department of Architecture, Espoo, Finland. (4500USD prize)

Second Place prize
"A Separate Place" by Rebecca David, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel. (2000USD prize)

Second Place prize
"A Walk Along the River: Fringe Graffiti in St. Louis" by Davis Owen, Washington University College of Architecture, St. Louis, U.S.A. (2000USD prize)


This year the topic is: Valuing the Sacred.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Essay, Students, Two-Stage , Onymous
Genre Essay
Country United States
RegDeadline 1 November 2010 GoogleCal iCal
1 November 2010 (via Online)
Eligibility All currently registered undergraduates majoring in architectural design 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 to promote architecture as a social art through research, writing, and criticism: traditionally under-represented aspects of the architecture curriculum. 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.
At the conclusion of the Essay Competition submittals, all Semifinalists are also invited to submit for one of two BERKELEY PRIZE Fellowships: the Travel Fellowship, or the Architectural Design Fellowship. Details for each will be announced in the Spring, 2011.

Andrew Amara (a registered architect in Uganda working with DIMENSIONS)
Paul Broches (FAIA LEED AP joined Mitchell/Giurgola Architects)
Clare Cooper Marcus (Professor Emerita in the departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California)
Nalini Thakur (Professor, one of India’s foremost experts in the field of heritage conservation)

There is a total prize of 10,000USD, minimum 4,500USD first prize.

Entry Fee

500-word Proposal

Essay Semifinalists announced: Mid-December, 2010
(Stage Two) Essay Semifinalists' 2,500-word essays due: February 1, 2011
Launch of Fellowship Competitions for Essay Semifinalists: February 8, 2011
Essay Finalists announced: Early-March, 2011
Travel Fellowship and Architectural Design Fellowship Entries Due: March 8, 2011
Essay winners, Travel Fellowship winners, and Architectural Design Fellowship Winners Announced: Mid-April, 2011

Past winners

Berkeley Prize Committee

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