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2014 Berkeley Undergraduate Essay Prize Competition

2014 Berkeley Undergraduate Essay Prize Competition

2014 Berkeley Undergraduate Essay Prize CompetitionThe Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Design Excellence endowment was established in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design to promote the investigation of architecture as a social art. Each year the PRIZE Committee selects a topic important to the understanding of the interaction of people and the built world that becomes the focus of the Essay Competition.

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.  Undergraduate architecture students may team up with undergraduates from allied arts and social sciences programs.

Topic

The Architect and the Heathful Environment.

Synopsis

In your city, find a building or a public place that helps create a healthful environment.  Describe the features of the healthful environment that you admire and why.  Tell us what you believe the architect did specifically to make the healthful environment work as it does.

Then find a building or a public place that offers an unhealthful environment.  Describe the features of the unhealthful environment that you do not admire and why.  As an architect, describe specifically what you would have done differently, including working with what governmental and civic resources to Improve the situation.

Tell us what you have learned by this comparative analysis. Read more here…

Organizer

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

Prizes

There is a total prize of 15,000USD, minimum 5,000USD first prize.  The remaining purse is to be allocated at the discretion of the Jury.

Deadline

1 November, 2013

Guidelines

  • From the pool of essay proposals received, approximately 25 are selected by the PRIZE Committee as particularly promising. The 25 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 one of several BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowships. Details for the Fellowships will be announced in the spring 2014. Past Travel Fellowship Competition requirements, winning submissions, and follow-up reports by the winners are available to read here on the website.
  • To enter:
  • 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, 2013, but graduate before the awards are scheduled to be given.
  • Two students (maximum) who meet the eligibility requirements above may collaborate as authors. An architecture student may team up with another undergraduate in architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies, arts and humanities, the social sciences, or engineering. If two students collaborate, then both names must appear on their essay and if awarded a prize, the prize is to be equally shared.
  • You are asked to include one digital photograph of your selected building(s) or place with your essay. The photograph should be at a minimum 500 pixels wide, and in .jpg format. No more than one photograph will be accepted. You can use a digital camera, a film camera (and scan the printed image), or even capture the image on a cell phone. The photograph should be as informative as possible in order to enable those reading the essays to determine how well you have described your subject matter.
  • The Readers and Jurors are instructed NOT to add or detract points from their evaluation because of the quality of the photograph itself. To the contrary, one of the primary purposes of the essay format is to test your skill in describing a building in words, rather than pictures or drawings. So, do not assume that just because you have posted the photograph that your responsibility to describe your selected building is completed. As with the readers, use the photograph to continually reference how good a job you have done in describing your selected building(s) or place in words.
  • Judging for the essay competition is on a numeric system. The members of the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee are asked to evaluate each essay in terms of the following criteria:
  • Each Proposal is given a score of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest). The top 25 scoring Proposals become Semifinalists.
  • You will be asked to complete a short registration form which will not be seen by members of the BERKELEY PRIZE Committee or Jury.
  1. Meet the Eligibility Requirements
  2. Write a 500-word proposal for an essay on this year’s Essay Question, as posted
  3. Provide a photograph of your selected building
  4. Submit the essay and photograph online.
  1. Does the Proposal address the Question?
  2. How creative, or creatively developed, is the Proposal?
  3. Would the Proposal be clear to a broad audience?
  4. How does the Proposal rank in terms of writing style?
  5. How socially significant is the Proposal?
  6. What is the potential for developing this Proposal into a strong essay?

Inquiries

Are you in need of assistance? Please email info@berkeleyprize.org

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