Category II: Open

The ACSA/AISC 2010-2011 Steel Design Student Competition offers architecture students the opportunity to participate in an open competition category with limited restrictions. This category will allow the students (with the approval of a faculty sponsor) to select a site and building program. Steel should be used as the primary structural material with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.

The Category II program should be of equal complexity as the Category I program.

Students entering Category II must submit a written building program along with the final submission.

To enter the open competition students may select any building occupancy other than a homeless center. Students may not enter both categories of the competition.

Refer to the International Building Code and the local zoning ordinance for information on parking requirements, height restrictions, setbacks, easements, flood, egress, and fire containment. Accessibility guidelines need to be followed; refer to the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with the principals of Universal Design.

The design project must be conceived in structural steel construction. A strategy should be considered that evaluates a method for taking advantage of steel’s proper ties and characteristics in order to conceptualize and propose a critical evaluation of the design solution.