Winners Announced in 2018 Steel Design Student Competition

Sixteen exceptional student design projects have been recognized as winners in the 19th annual Steel Design Student Competition for the 2017-2018 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (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 was awarded to the winning students and their faculty sponsors.

More than 900 students and faculty participated in this year’s competition, and over 300 entries were submitted. High-resolution images of the winning projects and more information about the competition can be found here.

Students participated in one of two categories. The affordable housing category challenged students to design affordable multi-family housing in an urban context. In the open category,  students were given the flexibility to select a site and building program.

The winners in each category are:

Category I – Affordable Housing

First Place: Balloonité
Students: Austin Vandepoll and Nathalie Altamirano
Faculty Sponsor: Marc Anthony Manack
School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Second Place: The Beta Commune
Student: Cera Yeo
Faculty Sponsors: Christopher Falliers and Antje K. Steinmuller
School: California College of the Arts

Third Place: Pressing Matters of Affordability
Students: Arturo Lujan, Pedro Pinera-Rodriguez and Ryan Smith
Faculty Sponsors: Peter L. Wong and Christopher Jarrett
School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Honorable Mention: Affordable Housing
Students: Alnaim Ahmad and Anas Mahjoob 
Faculty Sponsor: Osman Attmann
School: University of Colorado Denver

Honorable Mention: Margin
Student: Kengo Kawagashira
Faculty Sponsor: Ahmed K. Ali
School: Texas A&M University

Honorable Mention: Interstitial Fabric
Students: Stephanie Kortman, Kirk Paisley and Alin Codreanu
Faculty Sponsor: Scott Gerald Shall
School: Lawrence Technological University

Honorable Mention: The Void
Student: Adan Ramos
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Noonan
School: University of Maryland

Honorable Mention: 118 Main Street Revival
Student: Shane Powers
Faculty Sponsor: Heinrich Schnoedt
School: Virginia Tech

Category II — Open

First Place: Uproot
Student: Tatiana Estrina
Faculty Sponsor: Vincent Hui
School: Ryerson University

Second Place: Contagion
Student: Tyler Armstrong
Faculty Sponsor: Margarida Yin
School: California Polytechnic State University

Third Place: Exocarpic Interceptor
Students: Stephen Breaux and Cutler Price
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Fowler
School: California Polytechnic State University

Honorable Mention: The Sheath 
Students: Ariel Adhidevara and Saul Serrano
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Abbott
School: Diablo Valley College

Honorable Mention: The Silhouette: Kara Walker’s Art Museum
Students: Jesse Gomez and Hanshi Li 
Faculty Sponsor: Duane McLemore
School: Woodbury University

Honorable Mention: Storing Memories
Student: John Harlan
Faculty Sponsor: Erik M. Hemingway
School: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Honorable Mention: The Coney Express
Students: Dana Cameron and Zhi Mankin
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Fowler, IV
School: California Polytechnic State University

Honorable Mention: Dynamic Force on Context
Student: Guanzhou Ji
Faculty Sponsor: Wyn Bielaska
School: University of Washington

The jurors for the affordable housing category were: Margaret Griffin, Griffin Enright Architects & Southern California Institute of Architecture; Hans C. Herrmann, Mississippi State University; and Joanna Zhang, ‎Skidmore Owings & Merrill. The jurors for the open category were: Diogo Burnay, Dalhousie University; Ming Hu, University of Maryland; Elizabeth Martin-Malikian, Kennesaw State University.