Guidelines

SCHEDULE

March 6, 2013             Registration Deadline 
May 29, 2013  Submission Deadline
August 2013  Winners Announced 
Fall 2013 Publication of Summary Book


AWARDS
First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories, in addition to a selected number of honorable mentions, at the discretion of the jury. Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be posted on the ACSA web site at www.acsa-arch.org and the AISC web site at www.aisc.org. A total of $14,000 will be distributed in the following manner: 


Category I Building to Bridge: 
First Prize                    Student  $2,500 
  Faculty Sponsor               $1,000 
Second Prize  Student  $1,500

Faculty Sponsor  $750 
Third Prize  Student  $750 
  Faculty Sponsor  $500 

Category II Open: 
First Prize                    Student  $2,500 
  Faculty Sponsor               $1,000 
Second Prize  Student  $1,500

Faculty Sponsor  $750 
Third Prize  Student  $750 
  Faculty Sponsor  $500 


ELIGIBILITY
Because the support of AISC is largely derived from steel companies whose markets are mainly in the U.S., competition is open to students and/or student teams from ACSA Full and Candidate Member Schools from the U.S. and Canada, as well as ACSA Affiliate Members Schools from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico only. The competition is open to upper level students (third year or above, including graduate students). All student entrants are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Entries will be accepted for individual as well as team solutions. Teams must be limited to a maximum of five students. Submissions should be principally the product of work in a design studio or related class.


REGISTRATION
A faculty sponsor is required to enroll students by completing an online Registration Form (available at www.acsa-arch.org) by March 6, 2013. Complete a form for your entire studio or for each individual student or team of students participating. Students or teams wishing to enter the competition on their own must have a faculty sponsor, who should complete the form. There is no entry or submission fee to participate in the competition. Each registered student and faculty sponsor will receive a confirmation email that will include information on how the student(s) will upload final submissions online. Please add the email address competitions@acsa-arch.org to your address book to ensure that you receive all emails regarding your submission.

During registration the faculty will have the ability to add students, add teams, assign students to teams, and add additional faculty. Registration is required by March 6, 2013, but can be changed, edited, and added to until a student starts a final submission; then the registration is no longer editable. Faculty may assign a “Faculty Representative” to a registered student. This “Faculty Representative” will have access to change, edit, and add to the registration.



FACULTY RESPONSIBILITY
The administration of the competition at each institution is left to the discretion of the faculty within the guidelines set forth in this document. Work on the competition should be structured over the course of one semester during the 2012-2013 academic year.


EVALUATION CRITERIA
Each faculty sponsor is expected to develop a system to evaluate the students’ work using the criteria set forth in this program. The evaluation process should be an integral part of the design process, encouraging students to scrutinize their work in a manner similar to that of the jury. The final result of the design process will be a submission of up to four presentation boards describing the design solution. In addressing the specific issues of the design challenge, submissions must clearly demonstrate the design solution’s response to the following requirements:

  • An elegant expressive understanding of the material – steel
  • A strength of the argument and the proposal’s ability to support the concept for the design (Category I)
  • An articulate mastery of formal concepts and aesthetic values
  • A mature awareness and innovative approach to environmental issues
  • A thorough appreciation of human needs and social responsibilities
  • A capability to integrate functional aspects of the problem in an architectural manner
  • A capacity to derive a design, using steel, with the maximum innovation and possibility


DIGITAL PRESENTATION FORMAT
Submissions must be designed on no more than four 20” x 20” digital boards. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards.

All boards are required to be uploaded through the ACSA website in Portable Document Format (PDF) or image (JPEG) files. Participants should keep in mind that, due to the large number of entries, preliminary review does not allow for the hanging end-to-end display of presentation boards. Accordingly, participants should not use text or graphics that cross over from board to board. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on any of the submitted material.


DESIGN ESSAY or ABSTRACT
A brief essay, 500 words maximum, (in English) is required as part of the submission describing the most important concepts of the design project. Keep in mind that the presentation should graphically convey the design solution and context as much as possible, and not rely on the design essay to convey a basic understanding of the project. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear in the design essay. This abstract is included in the final online submission, completed by the student(s) in a simple copy/paste text box.

Submissions that do not adhere to the program criteria outlined must provide a program brief (required for all entrants in Category II – OPEN).

ONLINE PROJECT SUBMISSION
The student is required to submit the final entries that must be uploaded through the ACSA Competition website at www.acsa-arch.org by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time, on May 29, 2013. If the Submission is from a team of students all student team members will have the ability to upload the digital files. Once the final submit button is pressed no additional edits, uploads, or changes can be made. Once the final Submission is uploaded and submitted each student will receive a confirmation email notification. You may “save” your submission and return to complete. Please note: the submission is not complete until the “complete this submission” button has been pressed. For team projects: each member of team projects may submit the final project.

A final Submission upload must contain the following:

  • Completed online registration including all team members and faculty sponsors
  • Each of the four 20”x20” boards uploaded individually as a high resolution Portable Document Format (PDF) or image (JPEG) files
  • A design essay or abstract (simple copy/paste text box completed during submission)
  • A competition program (2,000 word max in a simple copy/paste text box during submission)

Winning projects will be required to submit high resolution original files/images for use in competition publications and exhibit materials.

 

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CONTACTS
For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis                                                   Angela DeGeorge
Director of Operations and Programs              Programs Coordinator
eellis@acsa-arch.org                                          adegeorge@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324                                                       202.785.2324