Registration & Submissions



March 29, 2017      Registration Deadline (free registration)
May 24, 2017    Submission Deadline
Summer 2017     Winners Announced
Fall 2017     Publication of Summary Book



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 and the AISC web site at A total of $14,000 will be distributed in the following manner: 

Category I: MUSEUM    Category II: OPEN 
First Prize            Student $2,500         First Prize        Student $2,500 
     Faculty Sponsor $1,000       Faculty Sponsor $1,000 
Second Prize    Student $1,500   Second Prize    Student $1,500 
     Faculty Sponsor $750       Faculty Sponsor $750 
Third Prize    Student $750   Third Prize    Student $750 
     Faculty Sponsor $500       Faculty Sponsor $500 



Because the support of AISC is largely derived from steel companies whose markets are mainly in the U.S., the competition is open to students 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 individuals as well as teams. 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.


A faculty sponsor is required to enroll students online by March 29, 2017. Registration can be done 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 registration. 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 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 sponsors. Registration is required by March 29, 2017, but can be changed, edited, and added to until a student starts a final submission; then the registration is no longer editable.

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 2016-2017 academic year.

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. 

Digital Submission Formal

Submissions must be presented on four 20” x 20” digital boards. All boards are required to be uploaded through the ACSA website as Portable Document Format (PDF) or image (JPEG) files. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards, or in the project title or project title file name(s).

Design Essay / Abstract

A brief essay, 300 words maximum, 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, 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.

Program Summary 

A program summary diagram/text of spaces and areas is required as part of the submission.  All interior and exterior spaces are to be included; total net and gross areas are required. 

Online Project Submission

The student is required to submit the final entries that must be uploaded through the ACSA Competition website at by midnight, Eastern Time, on May 24, 2017. 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, any member of team projects may submit the final project.

The 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 PDF or JPEG file
  • A design essay or abstract 
  • A program summary 

Winning projects will be required to submit high-resolution original files/images for use in competition publications and exhibit materials. By uploading your files, you agree that the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has the rights to use your winning submission, images and materials in a summary publication, online and in promotional and exhibition resources. ACSA will attribute authorship of the winning design to you, your team, faculty and affiliation. Additionally, you hereby warrant that the submission is original and that you are the author(s) of the submission.

STEPS, for registered students, TO UPLOAD FINAL SUBMISSION:

1. Log in to the ACSA website
2. Click "My ACSA"
3. Click "My Competitions"
4. Locate the 16-17 Steel Design Student Competition, Click "Submissions"
5. Click "Upload My Submissions"
From here you will see a series of tabs to complete for your submission. Remember to go to the Submit tab and click "Complete this Submission" once everything has been uploaded.

Download the full 2016-2017 Steel Competition Program (PDF)