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University of Illinois Student Takes Top Prize In AISC Student Design Competition

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

Marina Topunova from the University of Illinois at Chicago earned the $3,000 First Prize for her winning effort in a competition that challenged collegiate architect students to design an Experimental Performing Arts Center in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The student design competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, attracted students from 45 schools. A three-member jury selected the winners based on their creative use of steel. Students were encouraged to pay particular attention the properties and benefits of steel as a structural material.
Open to students in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the competition received 279 design submissions. First, Second and Third Prizes were awarded, in addition to eight Honorable Mentions.

  • First Prize:
    $3,000 – Student: Marina Topunova, University of Illinois at Chicago; $1,500 - Faculty Sponsor: Richard Blender
  • Second Prize:
    $2,000 – Student: Natalia Beard, University of Texas at San Antonio; $1,000 - Faculty Sponsor: Mahesh Senagala
  • Third Prize:
    $1,000 – Students: Ancelmo Perez and Sergio Gonzalez, Woodbury University; $500 - Faculty Sponsor: Gerard Smulevich
  • Honorable Mention:
    Student: Lance E. Champion, University of Tennessee; faculty Sponsor: Andrew C. Thurlow
    Student: Jon Reynolds, University of Tennessee; Faculty Sponsor: Thomas K. Davis
    Student: Nicole Covarrubias and Karla Sierralta, University of Illinois at Chicago; Faculty Sponsor: Ammar Eloueini
    Student: Timothy J. Winnecke, University of Illinois at Chicago; Faculty Sponsor: Lloyd Gadau
    Student: Bill Turoczy and Siamak Mostoufi, University of Illinois at Chicago; Faculty Sponsor: Ammar Eloueini
    Students: Brian Tomlinson, Doug Osborn, Kenny Miller and Ben Revelle, University of Kansas; Faculty Sponsor: Wojleich Lesnikowski
    Students: Nicole Hipp, Courtney Miller and Brandon Schultz, University of Kansas; Faculty Sponsor: Paola Sanguinetti
    Student: Matthew Booma, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Hinders

Prize winning projects will be exhibited at the 2004 North American Steel Construction Conference sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction; the 2004 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting; and the 2004 American Institute of Architects' Convention. The projects also will be published in a competition summary catalog.
The 2002-03 competition jury consisted of Janet Bloomberg of Bloomberg Design Studio, Washington, DC; Richard Henriquez, MAIBC, FRAIC, OAA, RCA of Henriquez Partners Architects, Vancouver, Canada; and John Kissinger, PE, SE of Graef Anhalt Schloemer & Associates, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1912 to enhance the quality of architectural education. School membership in ACSA has grown from ten charter schools to over 200 schools in several membership categories. Through these schools, over 4,500 architecture faculty are represented in ACSA’s membership. ACSA, unique in its representative role for professional schools of architecture, 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.

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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