The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is challenging architecture students in its eleventh annual steel design student competition for the 2010-2011 academic year to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. The design competition is carried out in two categories.
The first category is a Homeless Assistance Center that calls for a program that acts as a bridge for preparing residents for reentrance into society, while executing the design of the facility on an urban site of the entrant’s choosing. The second category is open submission for any building type. Accessibility and security considerations are a main factor for the Homeless Center. The second category is far more flexible and is open to any building type other than a Homeless Center. Students are restricted from entering both and are expected to comply with building codes and zoning laws.
Entries will be judged on the basis of the creative use of structural steel in the design solution, successful response to the context of the design and a successful response to basic design principles of human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary. Steel is to be used as the primary structural material with special attention to innovation, and its capabilities to withstand harsh or difficult conditions, span large distances, and shaped into many flexible forms.
Registration is free and should be done so by February 9, 2011. There are various monetary awards that await both Students and faculty members who are assisting with the design for the first, second and third prize winners.
More information on the competition can be found here.