24 students win awards in ACSA/AISC design competition

Amer Inst for Steel Construction.Twenty-four architecture students from universities around North America were honored in the 2012-2013 Steel Design Student Competition. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), 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. In the Open Category, students were given the opportunity to select a site and building program that included at least one long-span steel structure.

The award winners in each category are:

Category I - Building to Bridge

  • 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
    “Real-world issues require more inclusive and interdisciplinary strategies - strategies that can help craft sustainable real-world solutions,” commented Dunham. “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.”
  • Second Place: “Adaptive Connections”
    Students: Vahe Markosian, Andrew Maier III, Mark Pothier and James P Stoddart
    Faculty Sponsors: John C 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

Category II - Open

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.

This year’s competition jurors were: Terri Boake, professor of architecture at the University of Waterloo, Canada; Phillip Anzalone, director of the laboratory for applied building science at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University; Peter Weismantle, director of supertall building technology at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) in Chicago; Jeremy Ficca, associate professor of architecture and founding director of the Digital Fabrication Laborary [dFAB] in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University; Patricia Kucker, associate professor of architecture at the University of Cincinnati; and Kirk Martini, associate professor of structural design at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

 For additional information about the ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition, visit www.aisc.org/studentdesign or www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/competitions/2012-13-steel.