ACSA/AISC Student Design Competition

ACSA-AISC Banner 2013-14
click the image to be taken directly to the competition site

2013-2014 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition


INTRODUCTION
AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the fourteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2013-2014 academic year. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by AISC, the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL COMPETITION PROGRAM


THE OPPORTUNITIES
The 2013-2014 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories.

A total of $14,000 will be distributed in cash prizes.

    • Category I BORDER-CROSSING STATION challenges architecture students to design a border-crossing station sited on a boundary between two countries. Steel offers great benefits in this endeavor, as it allows for longer spans and more creativity.

    • Category II OPEN offers architecture students the opportunity to select a site and building program using steel as the primary material. This competition category permits the greatest amount of flexibility for any building type.


Students may not enter both categories of the competition.


CRITERIA FOR JUDGING

Criteria for the judging of submissions will include: steel as the primary structural material, long-span steel structure, creative and innovative use of structural steel in the design solution, successful response of the design to its surrounding context, and successful response to basic architectural concepts such as human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary.


SCHEDULE

    • March 19, 2014...............Registration Deadline (free registration)
    • May 21, 2014...................Submission Deadline
    • August 2014....................Winners Announced
    • Fall 2014..........................Publication of Summary Book 



STRUCTURAL STEEL

Steel should be used as the primary structural material with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design. Structural steel offers a number of strengths in building design including high resiliency and performance under harsh and difficult conditions, (e.g., earthquakes and hurricanes) and offers the ability to span great distances with slenderness and grace. Steel can be shaped to achieve curved forms and can be erected quickly to meet tough construction schedules under almost any weather condition. Steel can be easily modified to satisfy the life cycle of a building including changing occupant requirements. Steel is the most recycled material in the world. Today structural steel is 97% recycled with the primary source of material being automobiles. It is the environmentally sound choice for a building material. Architects have praised the natural beauty of steel and are excited about exposing it in the design of their structures to emphasize grace, slenderness, strength and transparency of frame.


COMPETITION ORGANIZERS
Administrative Organization: The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty members are represented. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals. ACSA provides a major forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA member schools.

Sponsor: American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. 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, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of more than 90 years of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information. Membership to AISC is free to university faculty and full time students and AISC membership provides valuable benefits. Information can be found at www.aisc.org/universityprograms under membership.


COMPETITION POSTER (PDF)


 

Winners Announced in 13th Annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the winners of the thirteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2012-2013 academic year. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by AISC, the program challenged students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.

 

Category I BRIDGE TO BUILDING

Jurors:  Terri Boake, University of Waterloo, Canada  |  Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture  | 
Patricia Kucker, University of Cincinnati

First Place: “Stream_Line”
STUDENTS: Christopher Garrow, Heather Martin and Kaitlin Shenk
FACULTY SPONSORS: Donald Dunham, Brian Johnston, Thomas Kirchner, Lisa Phillips and Barbara Macaulay
SCHOOL: Philadelphia University

Second Place: “Adaptive Connections”
STUDENTS: Vahe Markosian, Andrew Maier III, Mark Pothier
and James P Stoddart
FACULTY SPONSORS: John D Cerone and Adam Modesitt
SCHOOL: Columbia University

Third Place: “Building [Equilibrium] Bridge”
STUDENT: Javier Bidot-Betancourt
FACULTY SPONSOR: Jose Lorenzo-Torres
SCHOOL: Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Honorable Mentions

  • [PORT]al Memorium
    STUDENTS: Kamilah Acebal and Sophie Juneau
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Edgar Sarli
    SCHOOL: University of Miami
  • The Introduction of Force to Minimalize Material
    STUDENTS: Jason Baiocchi and Jeremy Riback
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Christopher D. Trumble
    SCHOOL: University of Arizona
  • Bridge Over | Pass Under
    STUDENT: Chad Guempel
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Genevieve Baudoin
    SCHOOL: University of Kansas
  • Berkeley Bridge
    STUDENTS: Jonathan Chiang and Jarvis Gene Lee
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Gary Black
    SCHOOL: University of California, Berkeley

 

Category II OPEN

Jurors:  Phillip Anzalone, Columbia University  |  Jeremy Ficca, Carnegie Mellon University  |  Kirk Martini, University of Virginia

Prize Winner: “Injection”
STUDENTS: Trevor Larsen and Ben Pennell
FACULTY SPONSOR: Thomas Fowler IV
SCHOOL: California Polytechnic State University

Prize Winner: “Inverted Landscape”
STUDENTS: Byron Marroquin and Sal Vargas
FACULTY SPONSOR: Joshua G. Stein
SCHOOL: Woodbury University

Honorable Mentions

  • Synchronous Paths - Toward a Center for Autism
    STUDENTS: Sarah Limbocker, Marcia Trein, Lina Burnett and Sunyoung Kim
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Bruce Johnson
    SCHOOL: University of Kansas
  • Quilt of enLIGHTenment
    STUDENT: Danielle Aspitz
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Thomas Fowler IV
    SCHOOL: California Polytechnic State University
  • Inflate: An Expression of Information Use in Bayview, San Francisco
    STUDENT: Max Wisotsky
    FACULTY SPONSOR: Thomas Fowler IV
    SCHOOL: California Polytechnic State University



View ACSA's announcement

Facebook Twitter IconLinkedInYouTube