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Steel Design Student Competition Winners Announced
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM.

Twenty-four architecture students from universities around North America were honored in the 13th annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition. The program challenges architecture students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. A total of $14,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the winning students and their faculty sponsors.


Students submitted designs in two categories that required steel to be used as the primary structural material and with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design. The Bridge to Building category challenged students to design a pedestrian bridge that would enrich its location and provide a vital spatial connection, as well as include an ancillary function – a small pavilion – that supports the cause for the crossing.


Philadelphia Universstream-line.jpgity students Christopher Garrow, Heather Martin and Kaitlyn Shenk won first place for designing “Stream_Line.”


Donald Dunham, one of their faculty sponsors, said of the competition, “Real-world issues require more inclusive and interdisciplinary strategies – strategies that can help craft sustainable real-world solutions. Giving our students real-world frameworks through international and national competition forums allows them to test new knowledge patterns in the most competitive, creative and intellectual environments.”



Category II was the open submission design option and permitted students to select a site and building program that included at least one long-span steel structure. Top honors in this category went to Trevor Larsen and Ben Pennell from California Polytechnic State University for designing “Injection,” and Byron Marroquin and Sal Vargas for their “Inverted Landscape” design. 


About 250 project submissions from more than 1,000 students were received during this year’s steel design competition, and nearly 100 faculty members served as student advisers for the competition. In total, 48 universities from across North America took part. 


For more information about the competition and to view the complete list of winners and their steel designs, visit or


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