Submission Deadline: June 2, 2021

2021 Steel Competition

Workplace Wellness & Open


April 7, 2021

Registration Deadline

June 2, 2021

Submission Deadline

Summer 2021

Winners Announced

Fall 2021

Publication of Summary Book


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
  1. What is AESS – VIDEO
  2. Steel Coatings & Protection – VIDEO
  3. Steel Connections – VIDEO
  4. Custom Steel – VIDEO
  5. Tension: Force Differentiated Structural Steel Design – VIDEO
  6. Span: Exploiting the Tensile Strength of Steel – VIDEO
Steel Construction References
  1. AISC website:
  2. Modern Steel Construction: This authoritative monthly magazine is made available online free of charge. 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.
  3. Terri Meyer Boake. Understanding Steel Design: An Architectural Design Manual. (Birkhäuser 2013)
  4. John Fernandez. Material Architecture. (Spon Press, 2006)
  5. Victoria Bell and Patrick Rand. Materials for Design 2. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014)
  6. Shulitz, Habermann, Sobek. Steel Construction Manual. (Birkhäuser Basel 2000)
  7. Annette LeCuyer. Steel and Beyond. (Birkhäuser Basel 2003)
  8. Sutherland Lyall. Remarkable Structure: Engineering today’s Innovative Buildings. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002)
Wellness References
  1. Center for Active Design, Fitwel Certification.
  2. Emily Anthes, The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness. (Macmillan 2020)
  3. Toward a Wellness-Based Workplace. (Report, Gensler 2013)
  4. Howard Frumkin. “Healthy places: exploring the evidence.” American journal of public health 93.9 (2003): 1451-1456.
Competition Sponsor

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-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, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition 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

Competition Organizer
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

Leading Architectural Education and Research
ACSA 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.

Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator

Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs