Igor Bialorucki, a student at Warsaw University of Technology/University of Detroit Mercy, and Yekaterina Artemchuk of McGill University have been awarded first place in the 2010-2011 Steel Design Student Competition. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the program challenges students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel as the primary structural material in design and construction.
. The first category challenged entrants to develop a program for a homeless assistance center that would act as a bridge to preparing residents for reentrance into society, and to execute the program by designing a facility on an urban site of the student and/or faculty advisor’s choosing. Bialorucki titled his project “Homeless Assistance Help Center…mobile” and designed it to be easily transported and erected as four two-story modules enclosing a central courtyard. Second place in the Homeless Assistance Center Category went to Iroha Ito, studying at Louisiana Tech University, whose design was named “Resource Tent.” Martin Bouvard of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln took third place for his entry, “Ribbons Connecting Homelessness to Society.”
Honorable mentions in this category were awarded to Andrew Sedersten, Oklahoma State University, for his “Oklahoma City Homeless Assistance Center for Families”; David Hurtado, Colin Winchell and Luis Salas of Woodbury University for their “[inside]OUT Homeless Facility”; and James Metoyer, Louisiana Tech University, for “Subterranean Ascension.” In the Open category, which allows students to design any building type with the goal of maximizing flexibility, Artemchuk earned first place with “Lacing the Gaze: Public Library and Cultural Centre for NGD, Montreal, Canada.” Second place in the Open category was given to James Hinze, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for “Milwaukee Industrial Exhibition Center.” Third place went to Kwan Lui of the New Jersey Institute of Technology who designed “arno.botanicaline.” Three honorable mentions were awarded in the Open catergory as well and went to Jose Barajas, University of Idaho, for his “San Francisco Museum of the Moving Image (MOTMI)”; Thomas Fagan, California Polytechnic State University, SLO, for “PULSE”; and Carolyn Rhodes, Oklahoma State University, for “Actuate.” For more information on the ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition, visit www.aisc.org/studentdesign