June 16, 2009
by Canadian Architect
Since its founding, the international Berkeley Prize Competition encourages undergraduate architecture students to write about issues central to the understanding of the social art of architecture and the social role of the architect in today’s world. What is that role? What should it be? By asking students to grapple with just such problems, the prize brings to the forefront of students’ thinking the reality that architecture is a social art.
The prize now comprises three separate and distinct competitions: the Essay Competition; the Travel Fellowship Competition; and the Architectural Design Fellowship Competition. This year, architecture students from 22 countries entered the competition, and the winners reflect the diversity of the authors and illustrate the worldwide interest in and thinking about the ideals of a socially grounded architecture.
This year’s Essay Competition focused on the topic of Sustainable Architecture/Traditional Wisdom. Two first-place prizes of $4,000 each were given to: Ms. Neelakshi Joshi, Birla Institute of Technology, MESRA, Ranchi, India for “Banaras – A Continuing Natural, Cultural and Architectural Landscape” and Ms. Sharayah Jimenez, University of Arizona, USA for “Los Recuerdos del Barrio.” Two second-place prizes of $750 each were given to Ms. Hajir Alttahir, Manchester School of Architecture, UK for ” Mesopotamian Peace Park” and Mr. Tyler Rozicki, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for “Learning from Canada’s Brick Masonry History.”
In the Travel Fellowship Competition, three awards of stipend and airfare were given to: Ms. Hajir Alttahir, Manchester School of Architecture, UK for travel to Article 25 Build, Maputo, Mozambique or Lesotho; Mr. Dominic Mathew, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India for travel to the Auroville Earth Institute, Auroville, India; and Mr. Tyler Rozicki, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for travel to the Rebuilding of the Cotswold Canals, Gloucestershire, UK.
One award was given in the Architectural Design Fellowship Competition to Neelakshi Joshi, Birla Institute of Technology, MESRA, Ranchi, India to stage a local competition entitled “Translating Traditions – Looking Backwards, Moving Forward.” This award consists of a $2,500 honorarium plus $3,500 allotted for the and student prizes for the competition.
For more information, please visit www.berkeleyprize.com