An intention of all ACSA competitions is to make students aware that research is a fundamental element of any design solution. Students are encouraged to research material properties and methods of steel construction, as well as precedent projects that demonstrate innovative use of structural steel. 


Steel Video Resources

Steel Video Resource from Professor Terri Meyer Boake from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture on Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS). These video are provided from The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and Professor Boake.


Steel Construction References

  • AISC website:
  • Modern Steel Construction: This authoritative monthly magazine is made available free of charge to architectural students taking steel design courses. This magazine covers the use of fabricated structural steel in the variety of structural types. It presents information on the newest and most advanced applications of structural steel in a wide range of structures. Issues of Modern Steel Construction (1996 - Present) are available online. Visit to view them
  • Terri Meyer Boake. Understanding Steel Design: An Architectural Design Manual. (Birkhäuser 2013)
  • John Fernandez. Material Architecture. (Spon Press, 2006)
  • Victoria Bell and Patrick Rand. Materials for Design 2. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014)
  • Shulitz, Habermann, Sobek. Steel Construction Manual. (Birkhäuser Basel 2000)
  • Annette LeCuyer. Steel and Beyond. (Birkhäuser Basel 2003)


Tall Buildings References 

  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat:
  • Skyscraper Center database:
  • The CTBUH maintains perhaps the best tall building library / physical resource center internationally. The whole catalogue of several hundred books related to tall buildings and sustainable cities can be downloaded at the following link:
Download the full 15-16 Steel Competition Program (PDF)