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Winners Announced in 16th Annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the winners of the sixteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by AISC, the program challenged students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.

 

Category I TALL BUILDINGS

Jurors: Antony Wood | Jon Magnusson | Gail Borthwick

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First Place: "VertiCali"
STUDENT: Mario Ramos
FACULTY SPONSOR: Peter Stapleton Raab
SCHOOL: Texas Tech University

Second Place: “Diagroup Tower”
STUDENTS: Scott Proudfoot, Mengdie Zhang, Sarah Donaldson, Gabriela Chorobik
FACULTY SPONSOR: Terri Meyer Boake
SCHOOL: University of Waterloo

Third Place: “Tessellate"
STUDENT: Megan Stenftenagel
FACULTY SPONSOR: Robert J. Koester
SCHOOL: Ball State University

Honorable Mentions

  • Voided Tower
    STUDENTS: Janusz Ziobrowski, Karolina Rachwal, Yiwen Wu
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Kevin Stevens
    SCHOOL: University of Tennessee-Knoxville

  • IM//PORT L.A. Tri-Commerce Epicenter for Los Angeles
    STUDENTS: Michael Chin, Alexander Kim
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Gerard Smulevich
    SCHOOL: Woodbury University

  

Category II OPEN

Jurors: Doris Sung | Lee-Su Huang | Elizabeth O’Donnell

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First Place: “Juncture"
STUDENTS: John Berger, Sasha Francoeur
FACULTY SPONSOR: Robert Gillig
SCHOOL: Boston Architectural College

Second Place: “THE NEST - Guadalupe Nipomo dunes wildlife refuge Interpretive Center”
STUDENT: Edern Audrain
FACULTY SPONSOR: Jonathan Reich
SCHOOL: California Polytechnic State University

Third Place: "Productive | Accessible | Ecofriendly: Brownfield Remediation Research Park"
STUDENT: Jesus J. Alfonso Pagan
FACULTY SPONSORS: Luis Ayala-Rubio, Alberto Dueño Jordán, Jesús O. García Beauchamp, Carlos Quiñones-Maymí, & Luis Alonso Conty
SCHOOL: Pontifical Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico

Honorable Mentions

  • INNOVATION INITIATION within the Raymond Creative Enterprise Zone
    STUDENT: Bridget Geissler
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Nat Madson
    SCHOOL: University of Minnesota
  • Creature
    STUDENT: Xiaoyin Xie
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Thomas Fowler
    SCHOOL: Louisiana Tech University
  • Unearth Archaeology Research Center
    STUDENTS: Trent Harrison, Andrew Lopez
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Kevin J. Singh
    SCHOOL: Louisiana Tech University

 

2015-2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition


OVERVIEW
AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the sixteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by AISC, the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.

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THE CATEGORIES
The 2015-2016 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories.

A total of $14,000 will be distributed in cash prizes.

    • Category I: TALL BUILDINGS
    • Category II: OPEN


Students may not enter both categories of the competition.


SCHEDULE

    • March 30, 2016...............Registration Deadline (free registration)
    • May 25, 2016...................Submission Deadline
    • August 2016....................Winners Announced
    • Fall 2016..........................Publication of Summary Book



ADVANTAGES OF STEEL

Structural steel offers a number of benefits in building design including the capacity to bear great loads in tension and compression, high resiliency and performance under harsh and difficult conditions, (e.g., earthquakes and hurricanes) and the ability to span great distances with minimum material. Steel can be shaped by many processes, ranging from standard rolled sections to custom castings and digitally generated components. It can be prefabricated and delivered for site assembly, and it can be erected quickly under almost any weather condition to meet tight construction schedules. Similarly, steel’s wide use for building cladding highlights its durability, technical capabilities and aesthetic versatility.

Steel can be easily modified during the life cycle of a building to accommodate changing occupant requirements. As the most recycled material in the world, steel is an environmentally sound building material choice. Today, structural steel is 97% recycled with the primary source being automobiles. Architects praise the natural beauty of steel and are excited about exposing it in the design of their structures to emphasize grace, slenderness and strength, and in their building envelopes to enhance environmental performance and aesthetic character.



COMPETITION ORGANIZERS
Administrative Organization: The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty members are represented. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals. ACSA provides a major forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA member schools. More information on ACSA can be found at www.acsa-arch.org.

Sponsor: The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of more than 90 years of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information. Membership to AISC is free to university faculty and full time students and AISC membership provides valuable benefits.

Promotional Parter: The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. A not-for-profit organization, founded in 1969 and based at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology, CTBUH has an Asia Headquarters office at Tongji University, Shanghai, and a Research Office at Iuav University, Venice, Italy. CTBUH facilitates the exchange of the latest knowledge available on tall buildings around the world through publications, research, events, working groups, web resources, and its extensive network of international representatives. The Council’s research department is spearheading the investigation of the next generation of tall buildings by aiding original research on sustainability and key development issues. The Council’s free database on tall buildings, The Skyscraper Center, is updated daily with detailed information, images, data, and news. The CTBUH also developed the international standards for measuring tall building height and is recognized as the arbiter for bestowing such designations as “The World’s Tallest Building.”

  

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