Category II: Open


The ACSA/AISC 2011-2012 Steel Design Student Competition offers architecture students the opportunity to participate in an open competition category with limited restrictions. This category will allow the students (with the approval of a faculty sponsor) to select a site and building program. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.

The Category II program should be of equal complexity as the Category I program.

Students entering Category II must submit a written building program along with the final submission.

To enter the open competition students may select any building occupancy other than an educational facility. The structure must have at least one space requiring long-span steel structure. Students may not enter both categories of the competition.

Refer to the International Building Code and the local zoning ordinance for information on parking requirements, height restrictions, set backs, easements, flood, egress, and fire containment. Accessibility guidelines need to be followed; refer to the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with the principals of Universal Design.

The design project must be conceived in structural steel construction. A strategy should be considered that evaluates a method for taking advantage of steel’s properties and characteristics in order to conceptualize and propose a critical evaluation of the design solution. 

Steel Competition Program (PDF)