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Registration Deadline Nears for Student Design Competition
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM.

Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible for the 12th annual Steel Design Student Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Teams must register by February 15, 2012, to participate in this year’s competition, although registration information may be modified until submission of the final project. Entries are due May 24, 2012. There is no fee to enter. Each team must have a faculty sponsor.


Two categories of competition are being offered again this year. Category I challenges architecture students to design a Culinary Arts College in an urban setting. “Steel construction offers students great benefits in this endeavor,” the program materials state, “as it is ideal for covering long-spans without sacrificing flexibility and aesthetic lightness, multi-story buildings, quick delivery and assembly in congested urban environments.” Category II provides an open design option.


Steel should be used as the primary structural material for entries in either category, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design. The structure also should include at least one space that requires long-span steel structure.


There are three possible prizes in each category. Winning students and their faculty sponsors will receive cash prizes totaling $14,000.


Learn more about the ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition on the AISC website at, where links also are available to the full competition program including registration and all the rules and guidelines.


To view the winning entries from 2011 on the ACSA website, click here.

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