2020 Forge Prize: Vision in Steel for Architectural Excellence and Speed


Sponsor: American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
Type: open, ideas, two-stage
Eligibility: U.S. and Canadian architects within 10 years of licensure or pursuing licensure. 

Participants must be working professionals in any of the following firm types: Architecture Firm; A/E Firm, but submitting as an emerging architec; Design-Build Firm, but submitting as an emerging architect
Fee: None
Language: English
During Stage One, a jury of experts will convene to identify up to three conceptual submissions that will be awarded a $10,000 stipend to continue onto Stage Two
25 January 2020 – Submission deadline
February 2020 – Stage One Finalists Annoounced
May 2020 – Stage two Submissions deadline
Spring 2020 – Final winner announcement and event
Three finalists each receive $10,000 for their participation
Winner receives and additional $10,000 for a total of $20,000

Jury: TBD
The design submissions may be for any type of conceptual building structure and should represent creative, technical, or innovative approaches to solving a specific design challenge or challenges (i.e. environmental, economic, social, logistical). Additionally, all submissions will be judged on how much they contribute to the reduction in time it takes to design and build. The design approach and resolve of the challenge(s) should be clearly identified in a narrative that includes an overview of the role played by the utilization of structural steel in the design to achieve the resolution. If submitting as a team, only one team member is eligible to present at the live Presentation and Critique Session. The cumulative package consisting of a narrative, drawings, and live presentation should be developed to convey evidence of understanding and process of design consideration given to context, structure, aesthetics, and real-world feasibility.

Regarding site selection for the proposed building structures, participants must select an actual and existing site but have the discretion to locate it anywhere in the United States. Existing sites that are currently occupied with existing buildings may also be utilized to introduce the new proposal; however, participants must note this replacement in the narrative. The site must be prominently identified as part of the drawing submittal. 

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