Berkeley Undergraduate Prize Competition

Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence is proud to announce Berkeley Undergraduate Prize Competition is designed to promote the investigation of architecture as a social art. Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in any architecture degree program or majoring in architecture throughout the world (or teams of two students, one of whom may be from another discipline) are invited to apply. 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. There is a total prize of 25,000 USD, minimum 5,750 USD first prize.

The Berkeley Prize Competition was established in 1998, made possible by a generous gift of Judith Lee Stronach to the Department of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.


  • 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 is 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, 2016, but graduate before the awards are scheduled to be given.

How to Apply:

  • To be entering in scholarship contest, you must write a 500-word proposal for an essay on this year’s Essay Question as given: In your city, how do individual communities demonstrate their presence through the buildings designed to serve that group’s social and cultural needs and endeavors?
  • Provide one photograph each of your chosen projects.

Submitting Details:

You should register through the given link to submit the essay and photographs online.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

There is a total prize of 25,000USD, minimum 5,750USD first prize. The remaining purse is to be allocated at the discretion of the Jury.

Application Deadline:

  • (Stage One) 500-word essay proposal due on November 1, 2016
  • (Stage Two) Essay Semifinalists’ 2,500-word essays due on February 1, 2017

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