Results Announced for the Annual International 2021 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize

Competition sponsor: UC Berkeley Prize Essay Competition and Community service Fellowship Competition
Competition type: essay
General competition goals:
Through distinct competitions – the perennial Essay Competition and various Fellowship Competitions – 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.

Berkeley Prize 2021 Question:
As a future architect, what is the best way you can serve
the needs of your local community?

Questions to be addressed:
1, What you think your community needs most in terms of architecture to make the environment hospitable to everyone no matter what their age, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other distinguishing factor.

2, How you think your architectural education enables you to provide such solutions.

3, Why you think all of this is important.


This year’s winners:
First Place Prize (Two-person team)
Ms. Reva Saksena studying in the Bachelor of Architecture program and Ms. Mallika Sarabhai studying in the Bachelor of Planning program, both at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India for: “To Pride From Prejudice: An Architectural Transition (8500USD)

Second Place Prize
Ms. Zoe Hammond studying in the Bachelor of Environmental Design program at Montana State University, Bozeman, U.S.A. for: Home Means Nevada: Addressing Homelessness in Reno” (6000USD)

Third Place Prize #1
Mr. Gunraagh Singh Talwar studying in the Bachelor of Architecture program at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India for“Mediums to Change” (4500USD)

Third Place Prize #2
Ms. Kiera Townsend studying in the Bachelor of Architecture program at Drexel University, Philadelphia, U.S.A. for“The Urgency of Architectural Liberation” (4500USD)

Fourth Place Prize #1
Ms. Winta Assefa studying in the Bachelor of Architecture program at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia for“To Stand Back and Observe” (3500USD)

Fourth Place Prize #2 (Two-person team)
Ms. Saavi Natekar studying in the Bachelor of Architecture program at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India and Ayesha de Sousa from the Bachelor of Architecture program at the Goa College of Architecture, Panji, India  for“The Architecture of the People: Contemporary India’s Quiet Rebellion” (3500USD)

Honorable Mensions (3)
Honorable Mention (Two-person team)
Mr. Jacob Leckie Schluessel and Ms.Ting-Chun Yang, both studying in the Bachelor of Science, Major in Architecture program at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany for: Fostering Change through Images: How Architects Can Lead the Conversation” (1500USD)

Honorable Mention
Ms. Fathimath Ema Ziya, from the Maldives, studying in the Bachelor of Architecture program at the University of Bath, United Kingdom for: “The Lost Children of the Cities” (1500USD)

Honorable Mention
Ms. Nicole Oliveira studying in the Bachelor of Architecture program at the Associação Escola da Cidade, São Paulo, Brazil for: Until when will the real estate market dictate the rules?” (1500USD)

For the individual essays and attached images, go to: