3 Notre Dame Students Selected as Semifinalists for the 16th Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence

Author: Kimberly Rollings

Congratulations to Martin Burns (sophomore), Delma Palma (5th year), and Xiaoyun Zhang (sophomore) who have been selected as three of the 35 semifinalists for the Sixteenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence.  The competition promotes the investigation of architecture as a social art, focusing on topics that are critical to understanding the interaction between people and the built environment.  Students’ 500 word written proposals were selected from 139 entries and answered the question, “How do you design a healthful environment?”  With feedback from Kim Rollings, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture who studies health and the built environment, students identified, described, and compared two places in their home towns that offer healthful and unhealthful environments.  Students will further develop comparative analyses in a 2500 word essay due in early 2014.  Congratulations and best of luck in the next stage of the competition!


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This year’s Prize is dedicated to the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), an organization composed of design professionals, social scientists, students, educators, and facility managers focusing on social issues in environmental design.  Visit www.edra.org for more information and to view information about the 2013 annual conference, Healthy & Healing Places, held in Providence, Rhode Island.