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2014 BERKELEY PRIZE Winners Announced
Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 |

The winners of the 16th annual international BERKELEY PRIZE competition were just announced. The 2014 challenge revolved around the topic: 'The Architect and the Healthful Environment.' 141 undergraduate architecture students from 28 countries responded to this year’s call to describe examples of healthful and unhealthful environments in their respective cities and to compare them analytically.

Read on to learn more about the winners.

First Place Prize: Tazrin Islam: The BGMEA building standing on the dying wetland

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First Place Prize: Tazrin Islam: The BGMEA building standing on the dying wetland

"Through three distinct competitions - the Essay Competition; the Travel Fellowship Competition; and the Teaching Fellowship Competition - the international BERKELEY PRIZE competition encourages undergraduate architecture students and their teachers 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 2014 BERKELEY PRIZE recipients are:    

Essay Competition

First Place Prize: Tazrin Islam, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh: "Livability vs. Lovability" (5,000USD).

First Place Prize: Tazrin Islam: The streak of water in bird's eye

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First Place Prize: Tazrin Islam: The streak of water in bird's eye

Second Place Prize: Nipun Prabakar and Sukruti Gupta, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India: "Spaces to Grow:  A Comparative Study of Two Orphanages" (4,000USD)

Second Place Prize: Nipun Prabakar and Sukruti Gupta: NSS, Bhopal

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Second Place Prize: Nipun Prabakar and Sukruti Gupta: NSS, Bhopal

Third Place Prize (tie): Michael Philpott, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada: "Healthful Halifax: Designing Healthful Spaces, Learning by Example" (3,000USD)

Third Place Prize (tie): Michael Philpott: The Seaport Market blends into its neighbourhood. Glass towers light the interior.

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Third Place Prize (tie): Michael Philpott: The Seaport Market blends into its neighbourhood. Glass towers light the interior.

Third Place Prize (tie): Aparna Ramesh, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India: "The Architecture of a Healthful Learning Environment" (3,000USD)

Third Place Prize (tie): Aparna Ramesh: View of Nisha's Play School and Shiksha Niketan from the road

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Third Place Prize (tie): Aparna Ramesh: View of Nisha's Play School and Shiksha Niketan from the road

This year's four Essay Jurors are:

Arza Churchman: Professor Emeritus,  Technion Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Haifa, Israel; past President, International Association for People-Environment Studies; 2001 Career Achievement Award of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). 

Susan Goltsman:  Children’s Environmental Designer with degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Psychology; Founding Principal of Moore, Iacofano, Goltsman (MIG), Inc., Berkeley, California, U.S.A.; author of Play for All Guidelines and The Inclusive City

Daniel Karlin, M.D.: Medical Resident, UCLA Combined Program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with an emphasis on underserved medicine and global health; Recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Community Service Fellowship, and the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship, Member, BERKELEY PRIZE Committee. 

Adriano Pupilli, RAIA: Sydney, Australia-based architect working at the junction of art, architecture, ethics and the environment; Collaborator in Healthhabitat, and on community-led development initiatives, including Fixing Houses for Better Health; First winner of the BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship (2004).

Travel Fellowship Competition

This year’s winners are:

Clarence Lee Jun Yi from the Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Clarence will travel from Auckland to Kyoto, Japan to participate in a series of guided tours and visits to the traditional gardens of Kyoto. – Read Proposal

Sheila Malingu from the Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda. Sheila will travel from Kampala to Eugene, Oregon to observe the Sustainable City Year Program at the University of Oregon; and then to Portland to participate in the 51st International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) Conference (2014). – Read Proposal

Delma Palma from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA. Delma will travel from Indiana to Palermo, Italy to participate in the 2014 Palermo Urban Design Summer Studio. – Read Proposal

Revathi Veriah from the Anna University, Chennai, India. Revathi will travel from Chennai to Sabah, Malaysia and Bali, Indonesia to participate in the Arkitrek 2014 Camp (Sabah) and to volunteer at the Green School (Bali). – Read Proposal

The Travel Fellowship requires a written and illustrated report. These will appear on the Berkeley Prize website in late Summer and early Fall, 2014.

Teaching Fellowship Competition

Winners of the Teaching Fellowships will be announced upon selection.

All images courtesy of BERKELEY PRIZE.



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