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AISC Announces Winners in the Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel Competition

June 02, 2003 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) announced the National and Merit Award Winners of its prestigious design competition named Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel (IDEAS) at the 2003 American Institute of Architects National Convention and Design Exposition, which was held in San Diego, CA, from May 8-10, 2003.
The IDEAS awards recognize building designs where structural steel forms a prominent architectural feature of the building, either as an interior or exterior application. To submit projects for consideration, the project must have been designed by architects licensed in the United States and completed after January 1, 1999.

Project entries were categorized into four groups based on the value of the project and judged by a three-member panel of AIA architects. The judges considered creative use of exposed steel in the architectural design; overall aesthetics and visual impact; design resolution demonstrating exemplary sensitivity in the resolution of formal, functional and technical requirements as outlined by project description; technical advancement in the use of structural steel in architectural expression; and creativity and sensitivity in the combination of structural steel elements with other materials.

2003 IDEAS Winners (full project descriptions/images on www.aisc.org/awards)

Greater than $100M (US)

National Winner
Facility: The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects, P.C., New York, NY

Greater than $10M (US), but less than $25M (US)

Merit Award
Facility: New 42 Studios, New York, NY
Architect: Platt Byard Dovell White, New York, NY

Up to $10M (US)

National Award
Facility: West Campus – Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, IA
Architect: Renaissance Design Group, Des Moines, IA

Merit Award
Facility: Desert Garden Ramada, Tuscon, AZ
Architect: Seaver Franks Architects, Tuscon, AZ

Merit Award
Facility: Lake Austin Boat Dock, Austin, TX
Architect: Miro Rivera Architects, Austin, TX

Merit Award
Facility: Woodstock Branch Library, Portland, OR
Architect: Thomas Hacker Architects Inc., Portland, OR

Up to $10M (US) – Single Family Residence

National Winner
Facility: Residence for Art, Dallas, TX
Architect: Lake/Flato Architects, San Antonio, TX

Merit Award
Facility: Greenwich Playhouse, Greenwich, CT
Architect: Austin Patterson Disston, Southport, CT

For more information contact:

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

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. 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 service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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