1st February 2002




A student at the Hull School of Architecture has been selected from 2,000 students in 29 countries as a semi-finalist in a competition run by the University of California, Berkeley.


Sarah Nicholson (27) is one of only three UK architecture students to reach the semi-finals of the 2002 Berkeley Prize, an undergraduate essay competition established to promote architecture as a social art through writing and criticism.


Now Sarah has one month to submit a 2,500-word essay based on her 500-word proposal in the hope that hers is one of half a dozen selected for final judging by the Berkeley Prize Jury.


Entrants were asked to write a proposal for an essay on the social value of the street as a mediator between our public and private lives, explaining how as architects they would address the role of the street in fostering social life.


Sarah’s proposal was based on her third-year dissertation which explored how skateboarders and homeless people use the street.


“Consider a homeless person’s perspective of the public street,” she argues. “The homeless want a warm and safe shelter but are compelled to conduct their private lives in the public realm and, arguably, they have never been accommodated by the ‘traditional values of the street’.


“Meanwhile the younger generation want somewhere safe to skateboard and play ball games.


“I have thoroughly enjoyed the development of this essay, and shall continue to reflect on my shadows in the streets.”


The Berkeley Prize Competition has a prize purse of $3,000 US (minimum first prize $2,000 US) and is open to undergraduate architecture students in accredited schools of architecture across the world.



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