2014-2015 Steel

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the fifteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2014-2015 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. 


+ Download the full 14-15 Steel Competition Program (pdf)

The 2014-2015 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories. A total of $14,000 will be distributed in cash prizes.

Category I LIBRARY: 
“Our ambition is to redefine the Library as an institution no longer exclusively dedicated to the book, but as an information store where all potent forms of media – new and old – are presented equally and legibly.  In an age where information can be accessed anywhere, it is the simultaneity of all media and, more importantly, the curatorship of their contents that will make the Library vital.”  -- Rem Koolhaas 

Category II OPEN: 
offers architecture students the opportunity to select a site and building program using steel as the primary material. This competition category permits the greatest amount of flexibility for any building type.

Students may not enter both categories of the competition.


January 2015 Registration Opens
April 1, 2015 (extended)           
Registration Deadline (free registration)
May 20, 2015 Submission Deadline
August 2015 
Winners Announced 
Fall 2015 Publication of Summary Book

Structural steel offers a number of benefits in building design including the capacity to bear great loads in tension and compression, high resiliency and performance under harsh and difficult conditions, (e.g., earthquakes and hurricanes) and the ability to span great distances with minimum material. Steel can be shaped by many processes, ranging from standard rolled sections to custom castings and digitally generated components. It can be prefabricated and delivered for site assembly, and it can be erected quickly under almost any weather condition to meet tight construction schedules. Similarly, steel’s wide use for building cladding highlights its durability, technical capabilities and aesthetic versatility.

Steel can be easily modified during the life cycle of a building to accommodate changing occupant requirements. As the most recycled material in the world, steel is an environmentally sound building material choice. Today, structural steel is 97% recycled with the primary source being automobiles. Architects praise the natural beauty of steel and are excited about exposing it in the design of their structures to emphasize grace, slenderness and strength, and in their building envelopes to enhance environmental performance and aesthetic character. 

 Category I - LIBRARY
 Annette W. LeCuyer
 University at Buffalo, SUNY
 Margaret Sullivan
 Margaret Sullivan Studio
 Paul D. Endres
 Endres Studio
 Category II - OPEN
 Daniel Butko
 University of Oklahoma
 Robert Easter
 Hampton University
 Tyler Ashworth
 HKS Architects

+ Download the full 14-15 Steel Competition Program (pdf)

+ Design Guidelines (Category I & II)
+ Category I LIBRARY
+ Category II OPEN
+ Resources (Category I & II)
+ Competition Rules (Category I & II)
+ Registration
+ Submissions
+ Download the full 14-15 Steel Competition Program (PDF)

For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis
Director of Operations and Programs         
Angela DeGeorge 
Programs Manager

Sponsor: American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of more than 90 years of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information. Membership to AISC is free to university faculty and full time students and AISC membership provides valuable benefits. Information can be found at www.aisc.org/universityprograms under membership.
Administrative Organization: The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 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 members 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.