ACSA/AISC Student Design Competition

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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 fifteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2014-2015 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 LIBRARY

Jurors: Annette LeCuyer | Margaret Sullivan | Paul Endres

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First Place: "Rebound"
STUDENTS: Natacha Schnider & Chip Hubert
FACULTY SPONSOR: Margarida Yin
SCHOOL: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Second Place: “Integration through Circulation: Jesuit Community Library”
STUDENTS: Joseph Binck, Emily Girardi, Kelly Foley & Tatiana Barbuzza
FACULTY SPONSOR: Luis Boza
SCHOOL: Catholic University of America

Third Place: “Beacon - Heterotopia of Lagos' Public Space"
STUDENTS: Nicholas Fish, Junye Zhou & Tony Tai-An Yue
FACULTY SPONSOR: Yong Huang
SCHOOL: Drury University

Honorable Mentions

  • Alley InTension
    STUDENTS: Oretola Thomas & Vicky Arias
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Susan Piedmont-Palladino
    SCHOOL: Virginia Tech
  • A-(Traction) Library
    STUDENTS: Miguel Lopez Rodriguez & Carmen Rubio Alfaro
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Timothy Collins
    SCHOOL: City College of New York
  • The Cormac McCarthy Library
    STUDENTS: Kristin Bowman & Emanuel Huber-Feely
    FACULTY SPONSORS: Kevin Stevens & Lisa Mullikin
    SCHOOL: University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Search Bar
    STUDENT: Connor Irick
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Robert Corser
    SCHOOL: University of Washington
  • Read Make Library
    STUDENTS: Nicholas Rados & Juan Franco
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Gerard Smulevich
    SCHOOL: Woodbury University

 

Category II OPEN

Jurors: Daniel Butko | Tyler Ashworth

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First Place: “Murshidibad Women's Resource Center"
STUDENT: Caroline Angell
FACULTY SPONSOR: Margarida Yin
SCHOOL: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Second Place: “Miami S Stadium”
STUDENTS: Xiao Wang, Hanwei Fan & Yifeng Guo
FACULTY SPONSOR: Thomas Leslie
SCHOOL: Iowa State University

Third Place: "Canopy: Georgetown Chocolate Factory"
STUDENT: Matthew Fuhr
FACULTY SPONSOR: Elizabeth Golden
SCHOOL: University of Washington

Honorable Mentions

  • A Beacon for Baltimore
    STUDENTS: Marissa Levash, Erica Aronson & Evan Schroeder
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Madlen Simon
    SCHOOL: University of Maryland
  • Sentā
    STUDENT: Alexander Shows
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Pasquale De Paola
    SCHOOL: Louisiana Tech University
  • Steel Cubed: A Public Gym for Seattle
    STUDENT: Alden Mackey
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Rick Mohler
    SCHOOL: University of Washington
  • Steel Resistance
    STUDENTS: Marilyn Chavarria & Alan Manning
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Gerard Smulevich
    SCHOOL: Woodbury University
  • Vert: a pocket gym
    STUDENT: Josh Carel
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Rick Mohler
    SCHOOL: University of Washington

 


 

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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