2012-13 Fabric in Architecture

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce a fabric in architecture student competition for the 2012-2013 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the Fabric Structures Association (FSA), the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of fabric in design. Fabric should be used as a primary material with special emphasis placed on innovation in design. Fabric offers students great benefits in this project, as it is ideal for use outside, inside, and on exterior surfaces without sacrificing flexibility, aesthetic lightness, and protection from the environment. 

The 2012-2013 Fabric in Architecture Student Design Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in a fabric structure design competition. Students are invited to investigate how fabric structures can be integrated in a resort hotel. This unique competition seeks original ideas about scope, scale and use of fabric structures.


Criteria for the judging of submissions will include: fabric as a primary material, creative and innovative use of fabric in the design solution, successful response of the design to its surrounding context, and successful response to basic architectural concepts such as human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary. 

Mahesh Daas, Ball State University

Nic Goldsmith, FTL Design Engineering Studio
Bruce Wright, Just Wright Communications, University of Minnesota Twin Cities



Administration Organization
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals. ACSA provides a major forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA member schools.


Fabric Structures Association (FSA) is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Our purpose is to promote the use and growth of fabric structures and to represent the interests and concerns of the fabric structures industry in the Americas. Types of fabric structures include air-inflated, air-supported, cable net, frame-supported fabric, geodesic dome, grid shell, tensegrity (cable-and-strut) and tensile (or tension) structures.

Fabric in Architecture Competition Full Program (PDF)