Winners Announced for the Annual International 2019 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence

Winners of the twenty-first annual international BERKELEY PRIZE Competition for 2019 have been announced by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the BERKELEY UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE



Through two distinct competitions – the Essay Competition; and the Travel Fellowship Competition – the international BERKELEY PRIZE competition encourages undergraduate architecture students worldwide to go into their communities for the purpose of thinking and writing about issues central to the understanding of the social art of architecture.


The 2019 BERKELEY PRIZE focuses on the topic: “ARCHITECTURE AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE.”  152 competition submittals written by individual undergraduate architecture students and two-person teams from 43 countries were received in response to this year’s Question:


The twelve 2019 BERKELEY PRIZE recipients, sharing a total awards purse of 42,500USD, are:



First Place Prize #1 (Shared)

Ms. Muskaan Jain and Mr. Gurinder Singh Bachelor of Architecture students at the School of Planning and Architecture in Bhopal, India for: Designing for Climate and Climate Change: A Paradigm Shift.” (7500USD)


First Place Prize #2 (Shared)

Ms. Shahreen Mukashafat Semontee and Mr. Raquibul Hassan Bhuiyan, Bachelor of Architecture students in the Department of Architecture at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, Bangladesh for: Thinking Water, Thinking Fluid. (7500USD)



 Second Place Prize

Mr. Cullen Sayegh, Bachelor of Architecture student in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, U.S.A. for “Isolated Space: Cultural and Climatic Continuity in Southern Appalachia.” (6500USD)


Third Place Prize (shared)

Ms. Chiranjivi Jai Kaur Mankoo and Ms. Samriddhi Pandey , Bachelor of Architecture students in the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, India for: “Adapting Traditions In The New World Order.” (5500USD)


All of the winning essays, plus the next 10 top-scoring essays are now available to be read on the website on the BERKELEY PRIZE “Reserve” page, see: