Submission Deadline: June 1, 2022

2022 Steel Competition

Towards a New Monumentality & Open


April 13, 2022

Registration Deadline

June 1, 2022

Submission Deadline

Summer 2022

Winners Announced

Fall 2022

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
  • What is AESS – VIDEO
  • Steel Coatings & Protection – VIDEO
  • Steel Connections – VIDEO
  • Custom Steel – VIDEO
  • Tension: Force Differentiated Structural Steel Design – VIDEO
  • Span: Exploiting the Tensile Strength of Steel – VIDEO
Steel Construction References
  • AISC website:
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Sutherland Lyall. Remarkable Structure: Engineering today’s Innovative Buildings. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002)
Monumentality References
  • Craig Barton, Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Architecture and Race, Princeton Architectural Press, 2001
  • Huyssen, Andreas,  Present Pasts, Stanford 2003
  • Young James E, At Memory Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture, Yale University Press, 2000
  • Lisa Findley, Building Change: Architecture, Politics and Cultural Agency, London; New York: Routledge, 2005
  • Riegl Alois, “The Modern Cult of Monuments: Its Characters and Origins”, in Oppositions# 25, Rizzoli, issue: Monument/ Memory, pp. 21-51
  • Julian Bonder (2018) ‘Ethics, Memory, Architecture (Memory-Works)‘, 106th ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, The Ethical Imperative, (Paper Proceeding), pp. 403-408
  • The Right to the City, David Harvey, New Left Review 53, 2008
  • Kirk Savage, Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape
  • Kirk Savage, The Past in the Present, Harvard Design Magazine, Fall ’99
  • Sommer, Richard: “Time Incorporated”, Harvard Design Magazine, Fall ’99
  • Mitch Landrieu’s Speech on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans.” The New York Times, 23 May 2017
  • Black Lives Matter – A conversation with Tanehisi Coates, The Atlantic
  • Serwer, Adam. “’Protest Is the Highest Form of Patriotism‘.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 18 June 2020
  • Mario Gooden on Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity, Columbia U. Press
  • Wilson, Mabel, and Lonnie G. Bunch. Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Smithsonian Books, 2016.
  • Race and Modern Architecture A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present Edited By Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis II, Mabel O. Wilson, Univ of Pittsburgh Press
  • Lawrence-Sanders, Ashleigh. “Perspective | REMOVING Lost Cause Monuments Is the First Step in Dismantling White Supremacy.The Washington Post, WP Company, 19 June 2020
  • Savage, Kirk. “The Black Man at Lincoln’s Feet: Archer Alexander and the Problem of Emancipation.Princeton University, The Trustees of Princeton University, 13 July 2020
  • Arendt, Hannah, et al. The Human Condition. The University of Chicago Press, 2018
  • Martin, Reinhold. “Public and Common(s).Places Journal, 1 Jan. 2013
  • Upton, Dell. Confederate Monuments and Civic Values in the Wake of Charlottesville, Society of Architectural Historians, 13 Sept. 2017
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