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Apr 23, 2012


Berkeley, California, USA

Winners Announced For The Fourteenth Annual International 2012 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize For Architectural Design Excellence

Architecture For The Public Good

Sather Tower on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley – more commonly known as The Campanile:
Campanile - Berkeley Undergraduate Prize

Annual Internatioanl 2012 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence

Winners of the Fourteenth Annual international 2012 BERKELEY PRIZE Competition are announced today by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the BERKELEY UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE.

Through three distinct competitions – the Essay Competition; the Travel Fellowship Competition; and the Architectural Design 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 2012 BERKELEY PRIZE focuses on the topic, Architecture for the Public Good. 174 architecture students from 31 countries responded to this year’s Question:


The 2012 BERKELEY PRIZE recipients are:

Essay Competition

First Place prize: “The Greatest Public Good is Public Space” by Kin Kit Loh and Yen Shan Phoaw, National University of Singapore, Singapore (4000USD prize)

Second Place prize: “Suubi; The Architecture of Hope” by Bryans Mukasa, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda. (3500USD prize)

Third Place prize (tie): “Jawahar Kala Kendra -The Artist’s Haven” by Gauri Mathur, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India. (2500USD prize)

Third Place prize (tie): “Gaining Identity” by Emma Survis, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. (2500USD prize)

This year’s Essay Jury includes:

CHRISTINE MACY, Architect; Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Christine is a Member of the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee.

MICHAEL PYATOK, FAIA, Principal, Pyatok Architects Inc., Oakland, California, USA; Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments, Department of Architecture in Seattle, Washington, USA.

GUSTAVO ROMER0, Professor, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico; President, Fomento Solidario de la Vivienda A.C. (FOSOVI).

ROBERT UNGAR, 4th year student at the Department of Architecture in Bezalel, Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel. Robert won the BERKELEY PRIZE Architectural Design Fellowship in 2010.

Travel Fellowship Competition

Victor Alejandro Oseguera Abarca, from the Universidad La Salle Morelia, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico will travel to Liverpool, England to participate in the Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society sponsored by Common Ground Publishing. See, (2100USD Stipend+ Airfare)

Dominic Mathew, from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India will travel to Berlin, Germany to join the mobile BMW Guggenheim Lab, “Confronting Comfort” sponsored by BMW and the Betsy Ennis Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. See, (2100USD Stipend + Airfare)

Saumitra Sinha, from the School of Architecture and Planning, New Delhi, India will travel to Chicago, Illinois, USA to attend the Visiting School workshop, “Campaigning Architecture”, sponsored by the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and the University of Illinois at Chicago. See, (2100USD Stipend+ Airfare)

Michael Swords, from the Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin, Ireland will travel to the Provence region of France to participate in the La Sabranenque restoration volunteer program helping to restore the medieval village of Saint Victor La Coste. See, (2100USD Stipend + Airfare).

BERKELEY PRIZE Committee member RODDY CREEDON, Principal, Allied Architecture+Design, San Francisco and Lecturer in Architecture, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA, gave special assistance in selecting the Travel Fellows.

Architectural Design Fellowship Competition

There were no applications for this year’s competition.

Winners’ biographies, photographs, and submittals; Jurors’ biographies; archives of past competitions; and links to other articles on the social art of architecture are posted at

The Travel Fellowship requires a written and illustrated report. These will appear on the website in late Summer and early Fall.

The 2012 BERKELEY PRIZE is dedicated to “To those architects and their clients around the world who commit themselves to creating architecture for the public good and to the first major portrait of such projects from the United States showcased in the recently published, The Power of Pro Bono, edited by BERKELEY PRIZE Committee member John Cary.”

Watch for the announcement of the 2013 BERKELEY PRIZE on September 15, 2012.


The BERKELEY PRIZE – How it Works

Each year, the PRIZE Committee poses a Question on the competition website. Students enrolled in any undergraduate architecture program throughout the world or those in collateral disciplines teamed with such students are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal in English responding to the Question.

From this pool of essays, approximately 25 are selected as particularly promising by the PRIZE Committee, a group of 50-60 international architects, architectural educators, social scientists, writers, and general thinkers. The 25 semifinalists are then asked to submit a 2,500-word Essay expanding on their proposals. The Committee then selects five to eight of the best Essays and sends these finalists on to a jury of international architects and academics to select the winners. The BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition is announced, papers submitted, and reader- and jury-reviewed all online.

The Essay semifinalists are also offered the opportunity to participate in either the BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship Competition, or the Architectural Design Fellowship:

For the Travel Fellowship, students are asked to submit a proposal of how a given architectural travel opportunity will help them capitalize on the research they did for their Essay and further their long-term academic and professional pursuits.

For the Design Fellowship, students are invited to submit proposals for a design competition at their school focused on what they believe to be a major social issue in their region or country. The BERKELEY PRIZE also supports the winning students’ schools with prize money for the winners of the local competition.

During the past twelve years, 1426 students have submitted essays and proposals, representing dozens of schools of architecture from 61 countries. In recognition of these efforts, the BERKELEY PRIZE is the recipient of the 2008 American Institute of Architects Collaborative Achievement Honor Award; and the 2002 American Institute of Architects’ Education Honor Award.

The BERKELEY PRIZE has also garnered international acclaim, not the least reason for which is its complete embracing of digital technology. In partial recognition of this outreach, the 2003 BERKELEY PRIZE competition was named a special event of “World Heritage in the Digital Age,” a virtual congress helping to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

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The BERKELEY PRIZE is endorsed by the Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley.

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