Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship & Prize

  • Sheila Kennedy
  • Portable Light Brazil
  • RiverFirst
  • E 34th Street Ferry Terminal
  • Soft House
  • Soft Rockers
  • Bent Wood Vault

Sheila Kennedy Awarded 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize

Berkeley—Sheila Kennedy, an internationally-recognized architect, innovator and educator is the 2014 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize, it was announced Monday, Sept. 15.

Kennedy is a principal of KVA Matx, a design firm known for material innovation in architecture and urbanism. She is also a Professor of the Practice of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture & Planning, the first woman to hold that position at MIT.


The Prize

The Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize awards $100,000 biannually to a distinguished practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.

Designed as a period for regeneration, this unique opportunity provides recipients with the chance to engage in creative scholarly pursuits during a semester-long professorship at the College of Environmental Design (CED) at UC Berkeley. During their residency at CED, recipients have access to the college’s resources and the broader University of California, Berkeley network of scholars.