10th Annual Berkeley Prize

10th Annual Berkeley Prize: Essay Competition, Travel Fellowship, and Architectural Design Competition

Open, international, student, writing

Mid Dec 2007 – Stage 1 Essay Proposal Deadline

Mid Feb 2008 – Stage 2 Essay Submission Deadline

May 2008 – Stage 3 Travel Fellowship Entry Deadline

SPONSOR: UC Berkeley

TYPE: Open, international, student, essay


Mid Dec 2007 – Stage 1 Essay Proposal Deadline
Mid Jan 2008 – Stage 2 (25) Semifinalists Invited
Mid Feb 2008 – Stage 2 Essay Submission Deadline
Apr 2008 – Stage 3 (5-7) Semifinalists Invited to Compete for Travel Fellowship
May 2008 – Stage 3 Travel Fellowship Entry Deadline
May 2008 – Essay and Travel Fellowship Winners Announced
All currently registered undergraduates majoring in architectural design in accredited schools of architecture worldwide.
Essay Competition Jury:
Lynne Elizabeth, Director, New Village Press (Architects and Planners for Social Responsibility). Oakland, California
Marielle Richon, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris
Daves Rossell, Professor of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art, Savannah, Georgia
Hasan Uddin-Khan, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island
Travel Fellowship Jury:
Budoor Bukhari American University of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2007 Berkeley Prize Travel Fellow)
Raymond Lifchez, Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, California
Tony Schuman, Associate Professor of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey
Adi Shamir, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute, New York, New York
Essay Competition Winners – Total prize of USD$7,500.00, minimum USD$3,500.00 first prize. Remaining purse to be allocated at the discretion of the Jury.
Travel Fellow – Round-trip airfare and a stipend to attend a major international architectural event in the summer of 2008.
In Stage 1, write a 500-word proposal for an essay on this year’s Question, as posted. The 2008 PRIZE Question revolves around the role competitions can play in promoting a more social architecture. The proposals are due in mid-December.
Approximately 25 student semifinalists are invited to expand their proposal into a 2500-word essay due in mid-February, 2008. From this pool, 5-7 Finalist essays are forwarded to the 2008 BERKELEY PRIZE Essay jury, who will select First, Second, and Third place winners.
The top Semifinalists are also offered the opportunity to compete for the 2008 BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship award. This year’s destination will be announced late in the fall. In past years, Travel Fellows have participated in the Global Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa; attended the United Nations Habitat Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; the International Union of Architects Congress in Istanbul, Turkey; and FORUM BARCELONA in Barcelona, Spain.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the BERKELEY PRIZE, there will be a third competition sponsored this year: the Architectural Design Competition. This competition is held to generate ideas about how architects can find solutions to what they feel are the most important social issues in their country. Semifinalists will be invited to submit proposals for a design competition to be held at their school towards this end. The BERKELEY PRIZE will select the proposal that seems to have the most chance of success and support the winning student’s school with funds to encourage the school to actually hold the competition.
Thea Chroman, Administrator, Berkeley Prize
Tel: 415-385-9214
Benjamin Clavan, Ph.D., Architect, AIA
Tel: 323-933-5426