AISC's IDEAS² Awards


IDEAS² Awards

Submissions for the 2022 IDEAS² Awards have closed.

Thanks to everyone who entered! Look out for the winners announcement in spring 2022.

New for 2022: Lights, Camera, Innovation!

We’re putting American steel innovation in the spotlight--live on YouTube!

This year, a panel of judges will select three finalists in each category. In December, those three finalists will present their masterpieces to the judges, live, and we’ll stream it on YouTube for the world to see! The big announcement will be a major part of NASCC: The Steel Conference in Denver (March 23-25), and all the finalists will be invited to give an encore of their final presentations during the conference.

The winners will also be featured in the May 2022 issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine. In addition to substantial press support and publicity through AISC’s own print and online media, winning teams have the unique opportunity to present their projects to the AEC community during special webinars or live events throughout the year.

What are the IDEAS² Awards?

Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) Award program recognizes projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of building with structural steel. The IDEAS² awards showcase the innovative use of structural steel in:

  • the accomplishment of the structure's program
  • the expression of architectural intent
  • the application of innovative design approaches to the structural system
  • leveraging productivity-enhancing construction methods

AISC’s award programs have celebrated landmark structures built with structural steel since 1960. These architectural icons span generations and stand the test of time. AISC recognizes and promotes these projects in recognition of their impact in terms of structural innovation, advances in safety, benefit to the local community, and environmental consciousness.

While many of the winners are landmark structures, the awards program also honors smaller, less well-known projects. What all of the winners share is a commitment to innovation and imaginative design!

Award Archives

AISC had a number of award programs celebrating landmark structures built with structural steel since 1960. Regardless of which award they won, these architectural icons span generations and stand the test of time. AISC recognizes and promotes these projects in recognition of their impact in terms of structural innovation, advances in safety, benefit to the local community, and environmental consciousness.

While many of the winners are landmark structures, the awards program also honors smaller, less well-known projects. Winners have included widely recognized projects such as The Gateway Arch in St. Louis and The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. as well as an outstanding monumental stair, a gorgeous public transit station, and the sustainable equipment barn at a winery in addition to jaw-dropping high-rises and striking education buildings. What all of the winners share is a commitment to innovation and imaginative design!

Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Awards Archive

In 2006, AISC joined its two previously separate architecture and structural engineering awards programs (EAE and IDEAS) into one: The IDEAS² Awards. This awards program was designed to recognize all team members responsible for excellence and innovation in a project’s use of structural steel.

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Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel (IDEAS) Awards Archive

The Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel (IDEAS) Awards, presented from 1997-2005, recognized those designs where structural steel formed a prominent architectural feature of a building, either as an exterior or interior application.

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Engineering Awards of Excellence (EAE) Archive

The Engineering Awards of Excellence were presented annually from 1997-2005 to recognize engineering excellence and innovation in steel-framed buildings.

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Architectural Awards of Excellence (AAE) Archive

AISC established the Architectural Awards of Excellence in 1960 to recognize and honor outstanding architectural design in structural steel and to encourage further exploration of the many aesthetic possibilities that are inherent with steel construction.

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