Student Competition Registration Ending Soon

The first place open category winner in the 2016-2017 Steel Design Student Competition, titled, "The Public Factory," describes the rebuilding of an industrial icon of Detroit’s past in order to galvanize its future. (Image courtesy of Kevin Herhusky, California Polytechnic State University) 

Attention college and university faculty: The deadline to register your students for the 2017-2018 Steel Design Student Competition is fast approaching! Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by AISC, the competition encourages architecture students from across North America to explore the many functional and aesthetic uses for steel in design and construction. A total of $14,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning students and their faculty sponsors.

Individual students or teams participating in this year’s competition are required to have a faculty sponsor, who must fill out the registration form by March 28, 2018; registration information may be modified until submission of the final project (due by May 23). There is no fee to enter the competition.

Students have the opportunity to participate in one of two categories. Category I is titled "Humanitarian Design of a Detention Center" and challenges students to create a more humanitarian design of a detention center by emphasizing family and community rather than isolation. Steel offers great benefits in this endeavor, as it allows for longer spans and more creative light-filled spaces. As usual, Category II is an open category that offers students the opportunity to select a site and building program using steel as the primary material.

More information about the competition can be found here. You can view last year’s winners in the article “The Future of Museums?” in our October 2017 issue.