Submission Deadline: June 5, 2024

2024 Timber Competition

TIMBER IN THE CITY 5: Urban Habitats Competition


April 10, 2024

Registration Deadline

June 5, 2024

Submission Deadline

Summer 2024

Jury Convenes

Summer 2024

Winners Announced


Entrants are encouraged to research references that are related to both the topic of the competition and precedent projects that demonstrate innovative use of timber such as those listed below. An intention of all ACSA competitions is to make students aware that research is a fundamental element of any design solution.

Wood Technology
  1. Mass Timber Design Manual Vol. 2
  2. Think Wood Research Library 
  3. WoodProducts Council 
  4. US Forest Products Laboratory – Product & Building Systems Research
  5. FPInnovations – Product & Building Systems Research 
  6. American Wood Council Codes & Standards Support
  7. naturally:wood 
  8. CLT Handbook 
  9. Timber in the City – Andrew Bernheimer 
  10. Mass Timber: Design & Research – Susan Jones 
  11. The Case For Tall Wood Buildings: Second Edition– Michael Green
  12. Timber Construction Manual: Sixth Edition – American Institute of Timber Construction
Thermal Comfort and Bioclimatic Design
  1. American Institute of Architects (AIA) Research Corporation, United States. Dept. of Energy, and United States. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Office of Policy Development and Research. Regional Guidelines for Building Passive Energy Conserving Homes. Washington: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development: for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1978. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  2. Brew, James. “Achieving Passivhaus Standard in North America: Lessons Learned.” ASHRAE Transactions 117 (2011): 51-58. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  3. Edelstein, Ken. The site, the shade and passive solar. August 16, 2017. Web. Retrieved 7-17-19 10:35PM. LINK
  4. Gibson, Scott. “Does Passivhaus work in New Orleans?” in Green Building Advisor 7/18/2011. Retrieved 7/20/2019 1:22 PM LINK
  5. Help for CBE Thermal Comfort Tool
  6. Hootman, Thomas. Net Zero Energy Design a Guide for Commercial Architecture. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  7. Knowles, Ralph L. Sun Rhythm Form. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1981. Print.
  8. Koti, Ramana & Feucht, Alissa. (2013). Opportunities and Challenges in Employing Energy Analysis Early in the Integrated Design Process. 42nd ASES National Solar Conference 2013
  9. (SOLAR 2013). Conference Paper 2013. LINK
  10. Lechner, Norbert, and C. Wallace. Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects. Fourth ed. 2015. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  11. Mazria, Edward. The Passive Solar Energy Book. Expanded Professional ed. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale, 1979. Print.
  12. Milne, Murray, Liggett, Robin, Benson, Andrew, & Bhattacharya, Yasmin. UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Climate Consultant 4.0 Develops Design Guidelines for Each Unique Climate. American Solar Energy Society, Buffalo, New York, May, 2009. LINK
  13. Ness, H.C. Van. Understanding Thermodynamics. Newburyport: Dover Publications, 2012. Dover Books on Physics. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  14. NIST.SP.1204 (re. weather data files accessible through Climate Consultant software)
  15. Racusin, Jacob Deva. Essential Building Science: Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design. 2016. Sustainable Building Essentials. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  16. Reinhart, Christoph. Daylighting Handbook I. Cambridge, Ma.:Building Technology Press. 2014. Print.
  17. 2030 Palette: LINK
  1. Boubekri, Mohamed. Daylighting Design: Planning Strategies and Best Practice Solutions. 2014. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  2. Cooper, Kenneth J. “Study Says Natural Classroom Lighting Can Aid Achievement”. In Washington Post. November 26, 1999. LINK
  3. Heschong Mahone Group, Daylighting in Schools, An Investigation into the Relationship between Daylighting and Human Performance, Condensed Report. Fair Oaks, Ca.: Pacific Gas and electric Company. 1999. LINK
  5. Konis, Kyle., and Stephen. Selkowitz. Effective Daylighting with High-Performance Facades Emerging Design Practices. 2017. Green Energy and Technology. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  6. Lechner, Norbert, and C. Wallace. Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects. Fourth ed. 2015. Web. (Georgia Tech library online access)
  7. Reinhart, Christoph. Daylighting Handbook I. Cambridge, Ma: Building Technology Press. 2014. Print.
  8. Reinhart, Christoph. Daylighting Handbook II. Cambridge, MA: Building Technology Press. 2018. Print.
Competition Sponsor

The Softwood Lumber Board is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction and to increase demand for softwood lumber and appearance products. Through strategic investments in pro-wood communications, standards development, design and engineering assistance, research, demonstrations and partnerships, the organization seeks to make softwood lumber the preferred material choice from both an economic and an environmental standpoint.

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.



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