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Participate in The Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2019 Essay Competition



 Deadline: November 1, 2018

Berkeley Undergrad Architectural Design Essay Competition 2019 & Travel Fellowship -USD$ 25,000 Prize)

An essay contest in Three stages open to all current full-time registered students in an undergraduate architecture degree program, undergraduates majoring in architecture, or diploma students in accredited schools of architecture worldwide. The total purse for the Berkeley Undergrad Architectural Design Essay Competition 2019 is 25,000USD.

ORGANIZER

Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design 


ELIGIBILITY

The competition is open to all current full-time registered students in an undergraduate architecture degree program or undergraduates majoring in architecture in accredited schools of architecture worldwide. Diploma in Architecture students who have not yet completed their Diploma are also eligible.

Essays must be submitted in English.

Finalists will be required to provide proof of current registration in the form of copies of actual school transcripts. You are still eligible to compete if you were an undergraduate student on September 15, 2018, but graduate before the awards are scheduled to be given. 

TOPIC

ARCHITECTURE AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE

What have architects done in the past and what can they do in the future to help reduce the negative effects of climate and climate change? 

PRIZES

There is a total prize of 25,000USD, minimum 7,500USD first prize.

The remaining purse is to be allocated at the discretion of the Jury.

GUIDELINES 

Students enrolled in any accredited undergraduate architecture program or diploma in architecture program throughout the world, are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal in English responding to the Question (see eligibility requirements). Undergraduate architecture students may team up with undergraduates from allied arts and social sciences programs.

From the pool of essay proposals received, approximately 25 are selected by the PRIZE Committee as particularly promising. The selected individual students, or student teams, become Semifinalists.
These Semifinalists are invited to submit a 2,500-word essay, again in English, expanding on their proposals. A group of readers, composed of Committee members and invited colleagues, selects five-to-eight of the best essays and sends these Finalist essays to a jury of international academics and architects to select the winners.

At the conclusion of the Essay Competition submittals, all Semifinalists are also invited to submit for a BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship. Details for the Fellowship will be announced in the spring 2017. Past Travel Fellowship Competition requirements, winning submissions, and follow-up reports by the winners are available to read here on the website.

Read How to Apply here