Submission Deadline: May 22, 2019

2019 Concrete Competition

Built2Last Resilience Design Challenge


April 3, 2019

Registration Deadline

May 22, 2019

Submission Deadline

Summer 2019

Winners Announced

Competition Overview

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Built2Last | Resilience Design Challenge, International Student Concrete Design Competition. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by the Portland Cement Association (PCA), the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to investigate an innovative application of portland cement-based materials to achieve resilient design objectives.


This concrete competition offers students the opportunity to design an environmentally responsible Recreation Center that integrates a secondary purpose of post-disaster neighborhood support for community continuity through the inherent attributes of concrete applications.


In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates. The paste, composed of portland cement and water, coats the surface of the fine and coarse aggregates. Through a chemical reaction called hydration, the paste hardens and gains strength to form the rock-like mass known as concrete.

Within this process lies the key to a remarkable trait of concrete: it’s plastic and malleable when newly mixed, strong and durable when hardened. These qualities explain why one material—concrete—can build high-rise skyscrapers and houses, bridges and basements, sidewalks and superhighways. You can find more information on concrete and portland cement by visiting the Portland Cement Association’s Web site at

Resilient Design

The Resilient Design Institute states, “Resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption.

Resilient design is the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to these vulnerabilities. As used by the Resilient Design Institute, resilient design focuses on practical, on-the-ground solutions.”


The purpose of this competition is to explore and create innovative ideas and applications utilizing portland cement- based solutions for resilient designs.

Design Focus

The focus of this competition is to craft an investigation, identify a design improvement and create a solution containing concrete or concrete products as key building materials.

Criteria for Judging

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


The design jury will convene in Summer 2019 to select winning projects and honorable mentions. Winning students, their faculty sponsors, and schools will receive cash prizes and software totaling nearly $37,000. A total of $10,000 in cash prizes will be distribution in the following manner:


in cash prizes


Faculty Sponsor

First Prize



Second Prize



Third Prize



In addition, each winning school will receive a complete package of PCA’s StructurePoint software, a retail value of $8,900.

StructurePoint combines concrete design software with an array of structural engineering resources to offer a convenient single point of access for design software, support, product specifications, educational tools, and technical information. The software productivity suite provides programs for the analysis and design of reinforced concrete buildings and structures. More information is available at

Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be sent to all participating faculty sponsors, as well as posted on the ACSA website at Prize-winning submissions will be exhibited at the ACSA Annual Meeting and the AIA National Convention and posted on the ACSA and Portland Cement Association websites.


Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator

Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs