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The ArchVoices Essay Competition encourages, promotes, and rewards critical thinking and writing--two traditionally under-emphasized areas of architectural education and training. Interns, non-registered architects, current graduate students in architecture, undergraduate students in their final year of architecture school, and other architecture school graduates are eligible to participate.

For Stage One, students and young professionals are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal reflecting on the competition topic between February 11 and March 18, 2005. The essay competition committee will identify a select number of semifinalists who will be invited to develop a 2,000-word essay, further exploring the ideas from their original proposal.

competition timeline

    Jan. 28 Third Annual ArchVoices Essay Competition Announced
    Feb. 11 Stage One 500-word Essay Proposals Accepted Online
    March 18 Stage One Closes at Midnight ET/9pm PST
    April 8 Semifinalists Announced
    May 6 Stage Two Closes at Midnight ET/9pm PST
    May 27 Honorees Announced


The structure and theme of the inaugural ArchVoices Essay Competition were developed entirely by a diverse group of interns who participated in the 2002 National Summit on Architectural Internship.

The 2003 competition elicited 157 submissions, addressing the broad topic of architectural internship.

The 2004 competition elicited 180 submissions, focused on architect registration.


The creation of the ArchVoices Essay Competition was inspired by the ongoing work of the Berkeley Prize Competition, which encourages, recognizes, and rewards writing by undergraduate architecture students worldwide.

website design

This website was designed by Dr. Scot Thrane Refsland, principal of ArtChaology. Dr. Refsland also designed the,,, and 2003 & 2004 competition websites.


All photography featured on this site was shot by Victoria Sambunaris, and featured in the book Sections Through a Practice: Cesar Pelli & Associates. ArchVoices would also like to thank Cesar Pelli & Associates.

"The ability to speak and write with clarity is essential if architects are to assume leadership in the social, political, and economic arenas where key decisions about the built environment are being made."
--Ernest Boyer & Lee Mitgang, Building Community, p.80

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