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2020 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

INTRODUCTION

AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the 20th annual Steel Design Student Competition for the 2019-2020 academic year. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by the 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 2020 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories:

Category I: URBAN FOOD HUB
Challenges architecture students to design an intermodal transportation center that proposes a cohesive transit system that includes components such as international, regional, and local train stations, bus terminals, ports, airports and spaceports in a major urban location.

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.


DESIGN 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. 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.


SCHEDULE

April 1, 2020               Registration Deadline (free registration)
May 20, 2020              Submission Deadline
Summer 2020             Winners Announced
Fall 2020                     Publication of Summary Book


AWARDS

The design jury will meet in Summer 2020 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 $14,000 with distribution as follows:

Category I TRANSPORTATION CENTER Category II OPEN 
First Prize  First Prize 
Student                       $2,500  Student                       $2,500 
Faculty Sponsor          $1,000  Faculty Sponsor          $1,000 
   
Second Prize  Second Prize 
Student                       $1,500  Student                       $1,500 
Faculty Sponsor          $750  Faculty Sponsor          $750 
   
Third Prize  Third Prize 
Student                       $750  Student                       $750 
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 2021 ACSA Annual Meeting and the 2021 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 competition is open to students from ACSA Full and Candidate Member Schools from the U.S. and Canada, as well as ACSA Affiliate Members Schools from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico only.

The competition is open to upper level students (third year or above, including graduate students). 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.


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

 


 

Winners Announced in the 19th Annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) have selected the recipients of the 2018-2019 Steel Design Student Competition. The competition recognizes twelve exceptional projects, in two categories, that explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.

2018-19 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition Winners

Intermodal Transportation Center: First Place

TITLE

INTERLACE

STUDENT

Curt Budd
California Polytechnic State University

FACULTY
SPONSOR

Margarida Yin
California Polytechnic State University

Intermodal Transportation Center: Second Place

 TITLE

THE TRANS-PIERTM

 STUDENT

Tatiana Estrina
Ryerson University

FACULTY
SPONSOR

Vincent Hui
Ryerson University

Intermodal Transportation Center: Third Place

 TITLE

Steel Bones Coastal PCH/LAX Transit Center

 STUDENT

Stephanie Green
Woodbury University

 FACULTY
SPONSOR

Bailey Shugart
Woodbury University

Intermodal Transportation Center: Honorable Mentions

TITLE

ARCH 2082

STUDENT

Andrew Swaim
California Polytechnic State University

FACULTY
SPONSOR

Margarida Yin
California Polytechnic State University

 

TITLE

INTERCHANGE

STUDENT

Scott L'Esperance
California Polytechnic State University

FACULTY SPONSOR

Margarida Yin
California Polytechnic State University

 

TITLE

PERPETUAL MOTION

STUDENT

Alexander Brosh
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

FACULTY
SPONSOR

Erik Hemingway
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Open: First Place

 TITLE

FLUID KNOWLEDGE

 STUDENTS

Brenton Rahn & Andres Felipe
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 FACULTY
SPONSOR

David Newton
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Open: Second Place

 TITLE

THE POWER OF PLACE

 STUDENTS

Pimpakarn Rattanathumawat & Botao Sun
Illinois Institute of Technology

 FACULTY
SPONSOR

Catherine Wetzel
Illinois Institute of Technology

Open: Third Place

 TITLE

Stadio Della Roma

 STUDENT

Christy Yu
Oklahoma State University

 FACULTY
SPONSOR

Paolo Sanza
Oklahoma State University

Open: Honorable Mentions

TITLE

ORGANIC RECURRENCE

STUDENT

Richard Moore
Clemson University

FACULTY SPONSOR

Daniel Harding
Clemson University

 

TITLE

STADIO DELLA ROMA

STUDENT

Esteban Ley
Oklahoma State University

FACULTY SPONSOR

Paolo Sanza
Oklahoma State University

 

TITLE

THE SEATTLE WATER-ING HALL

STUDENT

George Lee
University of Washington

FACULTY SPONSOR

Boris Srdar
University of Washington

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.