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Steel Design Student Competition Awards Top Innovators

July 24, 2008 From American Institute of Steel Construction

For the second year in a row, Woodbury University students were awarded top prizes in the 8th Annual AISC/ACSA Steel Design Student Competition. Approximately 320 students from 30 universities across the United States, Canada, and Mexico competed this year. Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the program challenged students, working individually or in teams, to address various issues in design and construction projects with a special emphasis on innovation in steel design.

More than 200 student projects were submitted this year. Teams from Woodbury University received first place and third place honors in both of the competition’s two separate categories: Category 1-Assembling Housing, which challenged architecture students to design multi-family housing by investigating the diverse functional and aesthetic uses for steel as a building material for urban housing, and Category 2-Open Competition, which gave students the opportunity to select a site and building program with limited restrictions.

“It is wonderful to see the students achieve national recognition at such an early moment in their careers,” commented Gerard Smulevich, faculty sponsor for Woodbury University. “They also demonstrated a level of team work that is indicative of what it takes to develop meaningful architecture. Design at its best is a collaborative process.”

A design jury awarded first, second, and third prizes, along with two honorable mentions, in each category. Winning students, their faculty sponsors, and schools will receive cash prizes totaling $14,000. Prize-winning projects will be part of a traveling exhibit at the 2009 ACSA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon and the 2009 American Institute of Architects Convention in San Francisco. In addition, a printed publication of the winning projects will be available from ACSA in fall 2008.

Criteria for the judging of submissions included creative use of structural steel in the design solution, successful response of the design to its surrounding context, and successful response to basic architectural concepts such as human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary.

For more information on this year’s competition, the winners and their projects, please visit www.acsa-arch/studentdesign

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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