Student Steel Design Competition Winners Announced

Thirteen student design projects from universities across North America were honored in the 14th annual Steel Design Student Competition for the 2013-2014 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by AISC, the program challenges architecture students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. A total of $14,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the winning students and their faculty sponsors.

Students submitted designs in two categories that required steel to be used as the primary structural material and with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.
This year’s Category I competition, titled “Border-Crossing Station,” challenged students to design a border-crossing station sited on a boundary between two countries. (Steel offers great benefits in this endeavor, as it allows for longer spans and more creativity.)

Two projects received top honors in this category: “Kygyzstan-China Border Crossing,” designed by Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid and Alexia Sanchez from City College of New York; and “Interjection,” designed by Kyle Marren from Ryerson University. 

Category II was the open submission design option and permitted the greatest amount of flexibility. First place in this category went to “Searching for Daylight in a Diagonal Urban Grid,” designed by Zahra Hosseinabadi from North Carolina State University.

For more information about the competition and to view the complete list of winners and their steel designs, see AISC’s announcement.

Next year, the competition celebrates its 15th anniversary. The full competition program for the 2014-2015 academic year is now available at