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Winners Announced in 12th Annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

August 1, 2012 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – Twenty-one architecture students from universities across the U.S. were honored in the 12th Annual Steel Design Student Competition. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the program challenges architecture students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. A total of $14,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the winning students and their faculty sponsors.

Students submitted designs in two categories that required steel to be used as the primary structural material, and with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design. The Culinary Arts College category required students to design steel-framed facilities with at least one long-span steel structure. Designs were to include amenities such as teaching kitchens, a pastry kitchen, classrooms and a demonstration laboratory. In the Open Category, students were given the opportunity to select a site and building program that included at least one long-span steel structure. This category required the designs to be of equal complexity and size as designs submitted in the Culinary Arts College category.

The award winners in each category are:

Category I – Culinary Arts College

First Place: "The Paris Market Lab"
Student: David Heck, California Polytechnic State University
“Steel was a wonderful facilitator of what I had envisioned for this adaptive reuse project,” said Heck. “In some places, I wanted the steel to provide the project with bold gestures that would be able to stand alone, aesthetically, from the existing conditions. Other places, the steel intervention was more subtle, so as not to draw attention from some of the existing conditions, such as the beautiful stone arches and the old Parisian facades, but rather make them more vivid by the presence of the steel and glass addition. Steel was the only structural material versatile enough to do both, and at the same time helped to create an honest dialogue between the existing and new conditions. Steel was also the only structural material able to create many of the spaces in this project.”
Faculty Sponsor: Jonathan Reich, California Polytechnic State University
Reich called the award “a wonderful reward for all of David Heck’s talent, effort and sustained attention to his fine project. It is yet another example of how the Architecture Department as a whole continues to prove its excellence internationally."

Second Place: "Culinary Arts College"
Student: Eric Simon, Drexel University
Faculty Sponsors: Jeff Krieger, David Ade, Jim Rowe, David Brawer, Kurt Raymond and Robert E. Nalls, Drexel University

Third Place: "Native American Culinary Arts Institute (NACAI)"
Student: Michael Markham, Louisiana Tech University
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Stevens, Louisiana Tech University

Honorable Mention: "Futurist.Culinary.Matrix"
Student: Jingjie Zhao, Clemson University
Faculty Sponsor: Keith Evan Green, Clemson University

Honorable Mention: "Culinary_Bridge"
Students: Jose Sanchez and Adam Strauss, California Polytechnic State University
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Fowler IV, California Polytechnic State University

Honorable Mention: "Culinary Arts Institute of San Diego"
Students: Michael Knowlton, Forest Agnew and Daniel Botten, NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Faculty Sponsor: Hussein Munaim, NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Honorable Mention: "San Diego School of Culinary Arts"
Students: Kyle Duvernay, Ian Patzke and Siah Afrasiabi, NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Faculty Sponsor: Hussein Munaim, NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Category II – Open

First Place: "Kansas City Soccer Training Center"
Student: Dan DeWeese, University of Kansas
“The idea was to create a brand/identity for the project through the steel structural system,” said DeWeese. “The hexagon, derived from many images of the sport, is emphasized to develop this identity for both the project and the competition; it was the basis of the design and critical in developing the project from concept to solution. The open category allowed me to focus a portion of my architectural education on my interest in sports training and rehabilitation, and it has been an honor to take part in the competition.”
Faculty Sponsor: Kent Spreckelmeyer, University of Kansas
“It’s an honor to be a part of the competition process and to have Dan DeWeese bring recognition to the University of Kansas,” commented Spreckelmeyer. “His concept of a steel structural and enclosure system derived from a hexagonal geometry was a central part of his design from the beginning, and was critical in organizing and explaining his solution.”

Second Place: "Landscape: Rehabilitation Research Center"
Student: Jason Allred, University of Idaho
Faculty Sponsor: Roman Montoto, University of Idaho

Third Place: "[Re]Purposed"
Students: Teagan Castellon and Brian Diaz, Woodbury University
Faculty Sponsor: Eric Olsen and Gerard Smulevich, Woodbury University

Honorable Mention: "Cartesia: Bridging Pertinent Space"
Students: Andrew Coenen and Connor Fischer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Faculty Sponsor: Gil Snyder, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Honorable Mention: "INTERTWINE: An Energy Resource Machine & Wildlife Habitat for Maldives"
Students: Marilina Cianci and Yekaterina Artemchuk, McGill University
Faculty Sponsor: Sinisha Brdar, McGill University

Honorable Mention: "Multi-Functional Urban Connectivity"
Student: Fabio Segre, Florida International University
Faculty Sponsor: Camilo Rosales, Florida International University

More than 400 project submissions from nearly 600 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, 53 universities from across North America took part.

This year’s competition jury consisted of: Carol Burns, Taylor & Burns Architects; Erleen Hatfield, Buro Happold; Gerard Smulevich, Woodbury University; Seung K. Ra, Oklahoma State University; Ursula Emery McClure, McClure/Emery Architects; and Christine Theodoropoulos, University of Oregon.

For more information on the ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition, visit www.aisc.org/studentdesign.


For more information contact:

Tasha Weiss
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
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