AISC Seeks Amazing Ideas from Emerging Architects--with $15,000 and an Industry Spotlight on the Line!

May 31, 2020


CHICAGO - The American Institute of Steel Construction is on the lookout for creative visions of the future from up-and-coming architects. The third annual Forge Prize competition is now open for entries!

This competition, established by The American Institute of Steel Construction in 2018, recognizes visionary emerging architects for designs that embrace steel as a primary structural component and capitalize on steel’s ability to increase a project's speed.

The Forge Prize is a unique opportunity to experiment with a conceptual design without limits in scope or complexity--the sky really is the limit here. U.S.-based architects who are either currently seeking licensure or have been licensed for fewer than 10 years may enter online at

The 2021 winner will take home a total of $15,000 and have the opportunity to present his/her idea both live on YouTube and to an audience of innovative designers at the Architecture in Steel conference.

"The Forge Prize empowers emerging designers to create freely with no set site and or project type. AISC supports each finalist by providing guidance from real-world steel industry leaders," said 2020 Forge Prize judge Rebekah Gandy, AIA, LEED AP, CD of Gensler. "This collaborative approach pushes each design's materialization and helps further our AEC industry."

The first round of the competition will end on November 1.

Three finalists emerge from the first stage. Each finalist will take home $5,000 and work with a leading steel fabricator to further refine his/her concept before the final round.

A panel of industry-leading judges will choose a winner based on a final presentation, which will be broadcast live on YouTube in March. That winner will receive the $10,000 grand prize and be invited to present his/her concept at the Architecture in Steel Conference, which is incorporated in NASCC: The Steel Conference, in Louisville, Ky., April 14-16, 2021.

"The Forge Prize is a unique platform for emerging architects to develop innovative design concepts and collaborate with steel industry leaders to refine their ideas," said 2020 Forge Prize judge Matt Dumich, FAIA, of SmithGroup. "The resulting proposals educate and inspire new applications using steel as a versatile construction material."

About the 2020 competition

Rosannah Harding and Matt Ostrow of HardingOstrow won the 2020 competition with an exciting cantilevered footbridge/elevated park that would transform part of Manhattan. Images and further information about that project can be found here.


For more information contact:

Dani Friedland
Director of Marketing Communications

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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