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Subconscious Suspension Wins Steel Design Competition
Posted by Alison Trost on July 12, 2010 at 10:10 AM.

Winners have been announce in the tenth annual steel design student competition for the 2009-2010 academic year. Sponsored by AISC and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the program challenges students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.


This year’s Category I competition, entitled the Re-Ligare Institute, challenged architecture students to create a space “to step back and become reconnected with themselves, others, and nature.” The building design was to provide a necessary retreat from real-world diseases, promote healing, and foster a reconnection at the individual and collective levels. To read the design requirements on the ACSA website, go to


Will Allport, Nick Barrett and Jason Butz from Clemson University, won first place for designing “Subconscious Suspension.” Daniel Nevin was their faculty sponsor.


Category II competition was the open submission design option and permitted the greatest amount of flexibility. Top honors in this category went to Daniel Cesarz, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for his “Carapace: Enclosing UMW’s School of Freshwater Science.” His faculty sponsors were Gil Snyder and James G Dicker. A list of all the winners is available at


The 2009-10 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Competition book will be published early fall 2010 and will be available online through the ACSA Publications Store at

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