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Winners Announced in 10th ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

July 21, 2010 from American Institute of Steel Construction

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 10th annual steel design student competition for the 2009-2010 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (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.

We are pleased to announce the 2009-2010 Award Winners:

Category I -- RE-LIGARE INSTITUTE Reconnecting Mind and Body challenged architecture students to create a space to step back and become reconnected with themselves, others, and nature. The building design was to provide a necessary retreat from real world diseases, promote healing, and foster a reconnection at the individual and collective levels.

Jurors: Julio Bermudez, University of Utah; Ana de Brea, Ball State University; David Eckmann, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

First Place: "Subconscious Suspension"
Students: Will Allport, Nick Barrett & Jason Butz
Faculty Sponsors: Daniel Harding
Clemson University

Juror comments: Powerful project presented with compelling imagery. Good environmental consideration and urban integration. Responds well to steel issue and is experientially successful.

Second Place: "The Vertical Landscape"
Students: Stephen Bonamy & Michael Fontana
Faculty Sponsors: Steven Schneemann & Constance Bodurow
Lawrence Technological University

Juror comments: Very well thought through in terms of the building experience. The idea is well communicated and well rendered.

Honorable Mention: "Reacting to Moments"
Student: Woojin Kim
Faculty Sponsor: Karla Sierralta
Illinois Institute of Technology

Honorable Mention: "Spinal Tap"
Student: Zach Crocker
Faculty Sponsor: Mark Cabrinha
California Polytechnic State University, SLO

Honorable Mention: "Meditative Infrastructure"
Student: Daniel Ramos & Jonathan D. Reyes
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Hinders
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Honorable Mention: "IN[tro]VERSION"
Students: Daniel Merritt & Kyle Post
Faculty Sponsors: Steven Schneemann & Constance Bodurow
Lawrence Technological University

Honorable Mention: "Reconnecting Mind & Body"
Students: Maria Bninski, Alexandre Garrison & John Kupstas
Faculty Sponsor: William H. Sherman
University of Virginia

Category II -- Open with limited restrictions. This open submission design option permitted the greatest amount of flexibility.

Jurors: Nancy Gavlin, American Institute of Steel Construction; Vincent Hui, Ryerson University; Ryan Smith, University of Utah

First Place: "Carapace: Enclosing UWM's School of Freshwater Science"
Student: Daniel Cesarz
Faculty Sponsors: Gil Snyder & James G Dicker
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Juror comments: The attention to detail and component basis of steel construction make this an interesting design proposal. This was one of few projects to embrace the environmental aspects of design.

Second Place: "RE.COVER//"
Student: Cody Glen, Salvador Cabezon & Maria A. Sanchez Casella
Faculty Sponsor: Marcelo Pedemonte, Jorge Stekar, Carlos Olmos, Karina Mellace & Gerard Smulevich
Woodbury University / University of Buenos Aires

Juror comments: Struck with how the project was sited along the path of the water and along the vectors of circulation through the site. The proposed building skin is believable and appropriate to a marine condition. Can imagine how it would age over time.

Third Place: "Exoskeleton: Reconfigurable Shipping"
Student: Dion Dekker
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Fowler IV
California Polytechnic State University, SLO

Juror comments: This design uses steel shipping containers in a very kinetic manner and highlights the great design potential the material lends to even the most conventional of design challenges. Clear evidence of the designer's development of the structural system and the relationships between the structure and skin and units.

Honorable Mention: "Filtro I-Land: Island for Water Rejuvenation"
Students: Karen Avanesian, Armen Tutundzhyan, Silvina Mandarano & Romina Giorno
Faculty Sponsors: Marcelo Pedemonte, Jorge Stekar, Carlos Olmos, Karina Mellace & Gerard Smulevich
Woodbury University / University of Buenos Aires

Honorable Mention: "project IRIS"
Student: Cody Williams
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Fowler IV
California Polytechnic State University, SLO

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For more information contact:

Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]

 

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