Every year, architecture undergrad students get a chance to participate in the annual Berkeley Prize essay competition. This year's essay Question asked students -- who were allowed to team up with arts and social science undergrads -- to address this year's topic: "Architects Confront Poverty."
As one would expect, the competition is rigorous. After submitting a 500-word English proposal, 25 are selected as Semifinalists to be expanded into a 2,500-word essay. The Prize Committee chooses 5-8 essays to become finalists, which are finally sent to an international jury to pick the winners.
This year's competition concluded with one First Prize and one Second Prize winner, a tie for Third Prize, and one Fourth Prize winner. Winners also earned cash prizes.
Check them out below.
2015 Question: "WHICH ARCHITECTS, INDIVIDUALS, OR INSTITUTIONS HAVE MADE AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE LIVING, WORKING, EDUCATION, AND RECREATION PLACES FOR THE POOR AND UNDERSERVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?"
1st Prize: Tarun Bhasin & Vineetha Nalla, School Of Planning And Architecture, Bhopal, India: "Imagine There are No Slums: Mainstreaming an Image with Dignity"
($5000 - with $2500 relinquished by Mr. Bhasin to accept Travel Fellowship) Proposal | Essay
4th Prize: Eman Zied, Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt: "Parallel Practice: Bottom-Up Participatory Design in Impoverished Communities in Egypt" ($2000) Proposal | Essay
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