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



The competition is open to all ACSA member schools (full, candidate, and domestic or international affiliates). 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.

Faculty Responsibility

The administration of the competition at each institution is left to the discretion of the faculty sponsor(s) within the guidelines set forth in this document. Work on the competition should be structured over the course of one semester during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Online Registration

New this year: Complete a separate registration for each individual or team entry.

A faculty sponsor, from an ACSA member school, is required to enroll students by completing an online registration form prior to the registration deadline of April 3, 2019. Complete one online form 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 online registration form. There is no entry or submission fee to participate in the competition. Each student will receive a confirmation submission email that will include personal URL for final online submission. Students or teams wishing to enter the challenge on their own must have a faculty sponsor, who should complete the form. Please add the email address & to your address book to ensure that you receive all emails regarding your participation in the competition.

During registration faculty will have the ability to add students and create teams. Registration is required by April 3, 2019, but can be changed, edited and added to until a student begins their final submission.

Registration Steps:

  1. Faculty log into the ACSA website,
  2. Click the Register button,
  3. Select the 2019 Concrete Competition from the submission type dropdown menu & Click “Enter”,
  4. Add an individual student. You will need to know each student’s first & last Names, email, & institution, which are all required fields for each student. Click “Save”.
  5. If this is a team registration, you may add additional students to this team, Teams must be limited to a maximum of five students.
  6. Once the individual student or team is complete, Click “Complete this Registration”,
  7. Repeat steps 3 – 6 for each individual or team.
Evaluation Criteria

Each faculty sponsor is expected to develop a system to evaluate the work of the students using the criteria set forth in this program. In addressing the specific issues of the design challenge, submissions must clearly demonstrate the design solution’s response to the following requirements:

  • The skill to integrate portland cement-based materials to achieve resilient design objectives;
  • An original design innovation;
  • A response to central architectural concepts such as human activity needs, climatic considerations, structural integrity, site planning, creative insight, coherence of architectural vocabulary;
  • Clear and comprehensible design.
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.

Design Essay

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.

Online Project Submission

Entries must be uploaded through the ACSA Competition website at by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, on May 22, 2019. 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.

A final submission upload must contain the following:

  • A final submission upload must contain the following:
  • Completed online submission information 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.

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

Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator

Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs