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William Smith Senior architecture major Caterina Saracino has been selected out of 142 entries from 22 countries as a finalist in the 2006 Berkeley Undergraduate Architectural Design Prize.
About the prize:
The Berkeley Prize Undergraduate Essay Competition was established in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley to promote architecture as a social art through research, writing, and criticism: traditionally under-represented aspects of the architecture curriculum. Each year, the Prize Committee selects a topic important to the understanding of the interaction of people and the built world. This year the topic is: Children and the City.
The Committee then poses a Question on this web site related to the topic. Students enrolled in any undergraduate architecture program throughout the world are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal responding to the Question. From this pool of essays, approximately 25 are selected by the Prize Committee as particularly promising. The 25 selected students become Semi-Finalists.
These Semi-Finalists are then asked to submit a 2,500-word essay 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 Finalists on to a jury of international academics and architects to select the winners.
Starting this year, all Semi-Finalists will also be invited to participate in the Third Annual Berkeley Prize Travel Fellowship Competition. This year's Travel Fellowship winner will receive airfare and a stipend to attend and participate in the United Nations Habitat World Urban Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in June 2006. The stipend will also allow the winner to explore the architecture of the city and its environs.
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