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.

Industry Resources
The Portland Cement Association and its allied partners offer numerous resources for ideas or inspiration that may be helpful as students conduct their background research.

Portland Cement Association,
National Ready Mixed Concrete Assoc.-Build with Strength Program,
National Concrete Masonry Association,
Precast / Pre-stressed Institute,
Post Tensioning Institute,
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute,
Insulated Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association,
National Precast Concrete Association,
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute,
Tilt-up Concrete Association,
American Shotcrete Association,

Other Key Resources
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes:
Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms


The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA members represent 93 percent of U.S. cement production capacity with facilities in all 50 states. PCA promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment.


Build with Strength (A Coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association)
Our mission is to educate the building and design communities and policymakers on the benefits of ready mixed concrete, and encourage its use as the building material of choice for low- to mid-rise structures. No other material can replicate concrete’s advantages in terms of strength, durability, safety and ease of use.

StructurePoint originated over half a century ago as the Engineering Software Group  of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) in 1957. StructurePoint’s primary vision is to achieve a world of safe, sustainable, and durable reinforced concrete structures by providing focused software as the essential tool for structural engineers.


Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
Leading Architectural Education & Research
ACSA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1912 to enhance the quality of architectural education. School membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter schools to over 250 schools in several membership categories. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculties are represented in ACSA’s membership. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architectural firms, product associations, and individuals add to the breadth of ACSA membership. ACSA, unique in its representative role for professional schools of architecture, 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.

Program updates, including information on jury members as they are confirmed, may be found on the ACSA website at ACSA and PCA reserve the right to publish drawings, written descriptions, photographs of entries and the names of student entrants, without compensation.

 Eric W. Ellis       Edwin Hernández
 ACSA Senior Director of Operations & Programs              ACSA Programs Coordinator
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