2018 IDEAS2 Building Design Awards Call for Entries Open

July 26, 2017

(Chicago, IL) – Architectural and engineering firms, structural steel companies, general contractors and owners are encouraged to enter their steel-framed building projects in the 2018 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Awards competition. Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the awards recognize excellence and innovation in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects across the U.S. In existence for more than half a century, the award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the U.S.

“The IDEAS2 Awards recognize the projects, designers, and constructors who best show their innovative and progressive ideas and the versatility, utility, and beauty a steel solution brings,” said Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD, AISC’s president. “We look forward to another year of amazing entries.”

Projects selected to receive the IDEAS2 Award will be announced during NASCC: The Steel Conference in Baltimore, Md., April 11-13, 2018. AISC presents awards to the entering firm, as well as to the principal members of the project team at ceremonies conducted during the year at each of the winning project locations.

The competition is open to all building types, sizes and costs, as long as the structural system is steel (wide-flange shapes or hollow structural sections) and the project is located in the U.S. There is also a category for sculptures, art installations and non-building structures. Projects must have been completed between 2015 and the end of 2017.

For more information on the competition, instruction on how to enter and access to the online entry form, please visit The deadline for entries is October 6, 2017.


For more information contact:

Dani Friedland
Marketing Communications Strategist

American Institute of Steel Construction

The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. 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, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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