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Sheila Kennedy awarded $100K Berkeley-Rupp Prize

Second major award in two months for the Professor of the Practice in MIT's Department of Architecture
2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize recipient Sheila Kennedy
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2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize recipient Sheila Kennedy
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Light wells illuminate a ferry terminal designed by Sheila Kennedy.
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Light wells illuminate a ferry terminal designed by Sheila Kennedy.
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One of Sheila Kennedy’s “<a href=http://arts.mit.edu/fast/fast-light/soft-rockers/ target=_blank>Soft Rockers</a>”.  The rocker serves as a clean-energy charging station as well as a comfortable place to relax.
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One of Sheila Kennedy’s “<a href=http://arts.mit.edu/fast/fast-light/soft-rockers/ target=_blank>Soft Rockers</a>”. The rocker serves as a clean-energy charging station as well as a comfortable place to relax.
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The Soft House was designed by Sheila Kennedy.
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The Soft House was designed by Sheila Kennedy.
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Sheila Kennedy, the first woman to hold the title of Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT's School of Architecture + Planning, has been awarded the $100K Berkeley-Rupp Prize by the University of California at Berkeley College of Environmental Design.  

Awarded every two years, the prize honors a distinguished design practitioner or academic who has made significant contributions to advance gender equity in the field of architecture, and whose work exhibits commitment to sustainability and community. The prize consists of a semester-long professorship, a public lecture, and a gallery exhibition at Berkeley. 

This is the second major prize Kennedy has recently won. In August she was presented with the inaugural Design Innovator Award by Architectural Record magazinepart of their new program to acknowledge the increasingly visible role of women in the profession. The award honored her consistent body of work in advancing innovation in materials and new building types.

Kennedy is scheduled to begin her residence at Berkeley in January 2015. On Feb. 4, she will give a public lecture on soft infrastructure, followed by an open studio exhibition showcasing her work in progress at Wurster Hall on the Berkeley campus from April 8-May 15.

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