ACSA/AISC Student Design Competition

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2014-2015 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition


INTRODUCTION
AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the fifteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2014-2015 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. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space/element that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.

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THE OPPORTUNITIES
The 2014-2015 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 LIBRARY  “Our ambition is to redefine the Library as an institution no longer exclusively dedicated to the book, but as an information store where all potent forms of media – new and old – are presented equally and legibly. In an age where information can be accessed anywhere, it is the simultaneity of all media and, more importantly, the curatorship of their contents that will make the Library vital.” -- Rem Koolhaas

    • Category II OPEN offers architecture students the opportunity to select a site and building program using steel as the primary material. This competition category permits the greatest amount of flexibility for any building type.


Students may not enter both categories of the competition.


SCHEDULE

    • March 25, 2015...............Registration Deadline (free registration)
    • May 20, 2015...................Submission Deadline
    • August 2015....................Winners Announced
    • Fall 2015..........................Publication of Summary Book 



STRUCTURAL 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.


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Winners Announced in 14th 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 fourteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2013-2014 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 BORDER-CROSSING STATION

Jurors:  Tom Fowler, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo | 
Julie Snow, Snow Kreilich Architects |  Erin Criste, AISC

First Place: "Kyrgyzstan-China Border Crossing"
STUDENTS: Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchez
FACULTY SPONSORS: Martin Stigsgaard
SCHOOL: City College of New York

First Place: “Interjection”
STUDENTS: Kyle Marren
FACULTY SPONSORS: Kendra Schank Smith
SCHOOL: Ryerson University

Third Place: “Threshold Amplified: A Border Narrative Bound by Place + Time"
STUDENT: Jorge Cornet, Adam Schroth & Thomas Soldiviero
FACULTY SPONSOR: David Dewane
SCHOOL: Catholic University of America

Honorable Mentions

  • Ambos Nogales
    STUDENT: Katarina Svensson
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Christopher Pfaeffle
    SCHOOL: University of Maryland
  • Bridging the Border
    STUDENT: Andres Garza
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Patrick Doan
    SCHOOL: Virginia Tech
  • Orbis
    STUDENT: Mingbo Peng
    FACULTY SPONSORS: Alissa de Wit-Paul & Jules Chiavaroli
    SCHOOL: Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Smart Door-Sculpture in the Landscape
    STUDENT: Joan Batlle
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Joan Krevlin
    SCHOOL: City College of New York

 

Category II OPEN

Jurors:  Patrick Rand, NC State University  | 
Kate Wingert-Playdon, Temple University |  Brian Volpe, Thornton Tomasetti

First Place: “Searching for Daylight in a Diagonal Urban Grid"
STUDENTS: Zahra Hosseinabadi
FACULTY SPONSOR: Jeffrey Wayne Place
SCHOOL: North Carolina State University

Second Place: “Emergence: A Center for Astronomy Discovery Spaces”
STUDENT: Colton Stevenson
FACULTY SPONSOR: Kevin J. Singh
SCHOOL: Louisiana Tech University

Third Place: "Engage: Seattle Greyound Bus Station"
STUDENT: Kelly McCain
FACULTY SPONSOR: Richard Mohler
SCHOOL: University of Washington

Honorable Mentions

  • in DEEPWATER
    STUDENT: Mark Mulhair
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Karen Lange
    SCHOOL: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Kansas City Convention Center
    STUDENT: Jonathan Crookham
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Alejandro Ogata
    SCHOOL: University of Kansas
  • Teatro Piazza Santa Monica
    STUDENTS: Marilyn Chavarria and Maria Petrova
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Jay W. Nickels
    SCHOOL: Woodbury University

 

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