The Berkeley Prize competition, offering a $5,000 prize fund, marks the 30th Anniversary of the UNESCO Convention that established the World Heritage Center and its work to document cultural and natural landmarks throughout the world.
"When architects strive to create lasting monuments, some become part of the significant cultural heritage of our age. These successes seem to embody the most socially important values of a city, region, country, or even the world. Other attempts are only the reflection of the vanity of the designer or client and pass into oblivion. Worse, they become a permanent blight on the environment. As an architect, specifically, how can your work simultaneously embody the social values of one place, a particular culture, and universal human concerns?"