University Programs

Student Design Competition

OVERVIEW
AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the seventeenth annual steel design student competition for the 2016-2017 academic year. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by AISC, the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.


THE CATEGORIES
The 2016-2017 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories.

A total of $14,000 will be distributed in cash prizes.

    • Category I: MUSEUM
    • Category II: OPEN


Students may not enter both categories of the competition.


SCHEDULE

    • March 29, 2017...............Registration Deadline (free registration)
    • May 24, 2017..................Submission Deadline
    • Summer 2017..................Winners Announced
    • Fall 2017..........................Publication of Summary Book


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, (e.g., earthquakes and hurricanes) and the ability to span great distances with minimum 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. Similarly, steel’s wide use for building cladding highlights its durability, technical capabilities and aesthetic versatility.

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.

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.