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ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition Honors Top Architecture Students

June 29, 2006 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

Fourteen architecture students from universities across North America were honored during the 6th Annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition. Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the competition challenges architecture students from the United States, Canada and Mexico to explore the use of steel in design and construction.

Students working individually and in teams submitted designs in two categories. The Community Aquatic Center category required students to design steel-framed facilities with at least one long span steel structure. Designs were to include a natatorium, locker/shower facilities, staff offices, recreational facilities, and other services to enhance the quality of the community. In the Open Category, students were given the opportunity to select a site and building program, with the program required to include at least one long-span steel structure and to be of equal complexity and size as designs submitted in the Aquatic Center category.

More than 400 submissions from more than 500 students were received during this year’s steel design competition and more than 100 faculty members served as student advisers for the competition. In total, 50 universities from across North America took part, with first prize in the Aquatic Center category going to Steve Saver and Galina Mihaslova of Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, for “Collective (Social) Landscape.” First prize in the Open Category went to Jesie J. Kelly and Daniel Schrobilgen of Woodbury University in Burbank, CA for “ARC Transportation Hub for Gaza, Palestine.”

A total of $14,000 in cash prizes was awarded. Honorees in each category included:

Category I – Community Aquatic Center

    • First Prize: Steve Saver and Galina Mihaslova, Lawrence Technological University, “Collective (Social) Landscape.” Erik M. Hemingway, Faculty Sponsor.
    • Second Prize: Rebecca L. Roberts, University of Washington, Seattle, “Adaptability.” Rick Mohler, Faculty Sponsor.
    • Third Prize: Alan Thomas, Grant Waggenspack, Shannon Debenport and Mike Wynne, Louisiana Tech University, “Illuminating the Wave.” Robert Fakelmann and Michael Williams, Faculty Sponsors.
    • Honorable Mention: Patrick Flynn and Joseph Barajas, California College of the Arts, “Billboard.” Charles Dilworth and Sarah Wilmer, Faculty Sponsors.

Category II – Open

    • First Prize: Jesie J. Kelly and Daniel Schrobilgen, Woodbury University, “ARC Transportation Hub for Gaza, Palestine.” Gerard Smulevich, Faculty Sponsor.
    • Second Prize: Janet Corzo, New Jersey Institute of Technology, “Crossing the Arno.” Stephen Zdepski, Faculty Sponsor.
    • Third Prize: Jiten Ragha, New Jersey Institute of Technology, “Da Vinci Libraries.” Stephen Zdepski, Faculty Sponsor.
    • Honorable Mention: Benjamin Saks, Carnegie Mellon University, “Free Flight Facility.” Steven Lee, Kevin Gannon and Jeff Davis, Faculty Sponsors.

All prize-winning entries will be exhibited at the 2007 North American Steel Construction Conference in New Orleans, 2007 ACSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, and the 2007 American Institute of Architects Convention in San Antonio.

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


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