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2022 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

COMPETITION OVERVIEW

AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the 22nd annual Steel Design Student Competition for the 2021-2022 academic year. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by AISC, the program is intended to challenge undergraduate and graduate students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure or one custom-designed steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.

THE OPPORTUNITIES

The 2022 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories:

Category I: TOWARDS A NEW MONUMENTALITY
21st Century Democratic Public Space
In recent years, imperative discussions over the significance of legacies, memories, and the meaning of public monuments and memorials are taking place throughout the world. While memories can differ, and historical facts can be emphasized (and/or obscured), many institutions, monuments, memorials and public spaces have become much more ‘visible’ than ever before. Politics and the political can evolve — hopefully towards a more just society — and marches, protests and actions against racism, violence and injustice continue to re-affirm that the democratic public space is indeed a space for assertion of political and cultural rights. This category asks students to creatively and critically consider novel approaches towards a new monumentality and the conception and creation of democratic public spaces for the twenty-first century. Students are invited to submit design proposals that will address a plurality of publics and generations, and that, as agents for culture and dialogue, can serve to question, illuminate and encourage new kinds of public engagement, aiming to make the world a better place.

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others. — James Baldwin

Category II: OPEN
Offers architecture students the opportunity to select a site and building program using steel as the primary material. This competition category permits the greatest amount of flexibility for any building type.

Students may not enter both categories of the competition.

The competition allows students to explore the many functional and aesthetic uses for steel as a building material and structural system. Steel is an ideal material for multi-story building because it offers the greatest strength-to-weight ratio. In addition, steel can be constructed quickly and for all project site types with the use of labor-saving prefabrication methods such as kit-of-parts, panelization, and modular construction. A building built with steel is potentially more flexible and adaptable to allow for a change in program, occupancy, and loading needs over time.


ADVANTAGES OF STEEL

Structural steel offers a number of benefits in building design including the capacity to bear great loads in tension and compression, high resiliency and performance under harsh and difficult conditions, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and the ability to span great distances with minimal material. Steel can be shaped by many processes, ranging from standard rolled sections to custom castings and digitally generated components. It can be prefabricated and delivered for site assembly, and it can be erected quickly under almost any weather condition to meet tight construction schedules.

Steel can be easily modified during the life cycle of a building to accommodate changing occupant requirements. As the most recycled material in the world, steel is an environmentally sound building material choice. Today, structural steel is 97% recycled with the primary source being automobiles. Architects praise the natural beauty of steel and are excited about exposing it in the design of their structures to emphasize grace, slenderness and strength, and in their building envelopes to enhance environmental performance and aesthetic character.

Curved steel is an art, providing endless possibilities for architectural expression. Curved steel enhances the visibility of any building project – from the largest monumental project to that building down your street. Curved steel is a unique way to increase the design creativity of your next building project. And most importantly, curved steel is readily available nationally from a number of qualified AISC Associate Member Bender-Rollers. AISC information on curved steel: aisc.org/curvedsteel.


SCHEDULE

April 13, 2022               Registration Deadline (free registration)
June 1, 2022                  Submission Deadline
Summer 2022               Winners Announced
Fall 2022                        Publication of Summary Book


AWARDS

The design jury will meet in Summer 2022 to select winning projects and honorable mentions. Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be posted on this webpage and the ACSA website.

Winning students and their faculty sponsors will receive cash prizes totaling $20,000 with distribution as follows:

Category I TOWARDS A NEW MONUMENTALITY
Category II OPEN 
First Prize  First Prize 
Student                        $4,000  Student                       $4,000 
Faculty Sponsor          $1,500  Faculty Sponsor         $1,500 
   
Second Prize  Second Prize 
Student                        $2,000  Student                       $2,000 
Faculty Sponsor          $1,000  Faculty Sponsor         $1,000 
   
Third Prize  Third Prize 
Student                       $1,000  Student                       $1,000 
Faculty Sponsor            $500  Faculty Sponsor            $500 


A limited number of honorable mentions may also be awarded at the jury's discretion. Prize‑winning submissions will be exhibited at the 2023 ACSA Annual Meeting and the 2023 AIA National Convention as well as published in a competition summary publication.


ELIGIBILITY

Because the support of AISC is largely derived from steel companies whose markets are mainly in the U.S., the ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition is open to students and/or student teams from ACSA Full and Candidate Member Schools, as well as ACSA Affiliate Members Schools from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

An ACSA member school, faculty sponsor is required to enroll students by completing an online registration form prior to registration by April 13, 2022. All student entrants are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Entries will be accepted for individuals as well as teams. Teams must be limited to a maximum of five students. Submissions should be principally the product of work in a design studio or related class.

Competition Program written and developed by: Julian Bonder, Roger Williams University; along with ACSA & AISC.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Full competition information may be found on the ACSA website. Additional questions on the competition program and submissions should be addressed to:

Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator
ehernandez@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324

Eric Wayne Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs
eellis@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324


Winners Announced in the 21st Annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) have selected the recipients of the 2021 Steel Design Student Competition. The competition recognizes 11 exceptional projects, in two categories, that explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.

The winning projects were chosen by a panel of distinguished jurors:

CATEGORY I: WORKPLACE WELLNESS JURY

  • Sara Carr, Northeastern University
  • Aki Ishida, Virginia Tech
  • Shaina Saporta, Arup, New York

CATEGORY II: OPEN JURY

  • Emily Guglielmo, Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers
  • Dana Gulling, North Carolina State University
  • Jin Young Song, University at Buffalo, SUNY

For each category, the jurors chose First, Second, and Third place winners, along with additional Honorable Mentions. Listed below are the names of the recipients, their project titles, and their faculty sponsor(s):

2021 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition Winners

Workplace Wellness: First Place

TITLE

Immersive Workplace

STUDENTS

Moises Lio Can, Zaw Latt, Yaning Zhang, & Ming Xu
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

FACULTY
SPONSOR

Clark E. Llewellyn, FAIA
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

COLLABORATORS

Marion Fowlkes, FAIA & Stephen S. Huh, FAIA

Workplace Wellness: Second Place

 TITLE

Waste[USE]-full

 STUDENT

Dylan Roth
Louisiana State University

FACULTY
SPONSORS

Soo Jeong Jo, Kristopher Palagi, & Tara Street
Louisiana State University

Workplace Wellness: Third Place

 TITLE

Holographic Headquarters

 STUDENT

John Iacobacci
Marywood University

 FACULTY
SPONSOR

Jodi La Coe
Marywood University

Workplace Wellness: Honorable Mentions

TITLE

Floating Oasis

STUDENTS

Ge Tian, Dong Cao, Zhiyu Feng, & Dongyan Jiang
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

FACULTY
SPONSOR

Clark E. Llewellyn, FAIA
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

COLLABORATORS

Marion Fowlkes, FAIA & Stephen S. Huh, FAIA

 

TITLE

Howard University Center for Inclusive Design

STUDENTS

Christine Griffith & Kyle Martin
Howard University

FACULTY SPONSOR

Farhana Ferdous
Howard University

 

TITLE

Re(IN)Vent

STUDENTS

Josue Alvarez Perez & Jose Montano
Woodbury University

FACULTY
SPONSOR

Gerard Smulevich
Woodbury University

Open: First Place

 TITLE

Clouds Over Regent Park

 STUDENT

Thomas Gomez Ospina
Ryerson University

 FACULTY
SPONSOR

Vincent Hui
Ryerson University

Open: Second Place

 TITLE

Hot Cold Warm

 STUDENT

Uran Sokoli
Texas A&M University

FACULTY
SPONSOR

Ahmed Ali
Texas A&M University

Open: Third Place

 TITLE

North End: Storytelling. Immigrant Museum on Boston Waterfront.

 STUDENT

Ekaterina Siemoneit
Boston Architectural College

 FACULTY
SPONSORS

Jerolim Mladinov & David Foxe
Boston Architectural College

Open: Honorable Mentions

TITLE

Above & Below [the veil]

STUDENT

Kaiyan Chen
California Polytechnic State University

FACULTY SPONSOR

Thomas Fowler
California Polytechnic State University

 

TITLE

Marché du Pont

STUDENT

Tatiana Estrina
Ryerson University

FACULTY SPONSOR

Vincent Hui
Ryerson University

Competition Organizers

Administrative Organization: ACSA

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 4,000 architecture faculty members are represented. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals. ACSA 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. More information on ACSA can be found at www.acsa-arch.org.

Competition Sponsor: AISC

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. 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 more than 90 years of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information. Membership to AISC is free to university faculty and full time students and AISC membership provides valuable benefits.