Through the use of structural steel, Cal Poly student Ron Patanavin reimagined an oil rig as a Chumash cultural center.

When Patanavin was looking for ideas for the AISC/ACSA Steel Design Student Competition, he found inspiration in the form of a decommissioned oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara. With guidance from his faculty advisor, Thomas Fowler IV, director of the Graduate Architecture Program and Design Collaboratory, he created a design that won first place in the 2022 competition's Open category!

Want to find out more? Listen to this month's Field Notes podcast episode to hear Patanavin and Fowler discuss the winning project and their architectural inspirations. (Or you can read the accompanying story in Modern Steel Construction!) 

See the other winners of the 2022 Steel Design Student Competition here.