Competition :: Steel Design

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the tenth annual steel design student competition for the 2009-2010 academic year. Administered by the ACSA and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (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.

The 2009-2010 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories:

CATEGORY I - RE-LIGARE INSTITUTE: Reconnecting Mind And Body (re-ligare: re “again” + ligare “to connect”) challenges architecture students to design a public urban center dedicated to reconnecting people with their authentic selves, others, and nature. This new institution aims at stopping the enslaving cycles of unchecked production and consumption dominating our lives, by turning the attention and practice to “being” in its entirety and in all its rich dimensionalities. The project will encourage students to consider ethic, aesthetic, and critical issues facing contemporary civilization, vis-à-vis novel programmatic, technological, environmental, spatial, and phenomenological issues. Steel construction offers students great benefits in this endeavor, as it is ideal for multi-story buildings, quick delivery and assembly in congested urban environments, covering long spans without sacrificing flexibility and aesthetic lightness.

with limited restrictions. This open submission design option will permit the greatest amount of flexibility.

Criteria for the judging of submissions will include creative 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.

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If you are planning to participate or looking for team members, be sure to contact the practice department at