September 18, 2018

Steel Competition Success

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) have selected the recipients of the 2018 Steel Design Student Competition. The competition recognizes sixteen exceptional projects, in two categories, that explore a variety of issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.  We are pleased to share the news that M. Arch 2-year student Guanzhou Ji was given an Honorable Mention for his project, Dynamic Force on Context, which he completed in his Arch 500 studio led by Wyn Bielaska.   His was one of sixteen entries given acknowledgement out of 300 submissions.

Guanzhou explains: “This design is Glass School project in Arch 500 Studio. The site is located in the uptown area, Seattle. There are various dynamic forces in the site, people’s daily
activities, vehicle circulation, and environmental factors. Those elements are changeable but regular within a certain time period. With time going by, the physical urban space is formed by
those force gradually. By contrast, the building form and urban texture are quite static to the dynamic force to a great extent. In this design, it is searching for some spatial relationships on
building geometry. Specifically, the glass school needs a huge chimney for hot shop’s ventilation, and its giant geometry can be opened to the public as a landmark in this street block. The geometrical lines in different planes shape the physical building mass and public space.”

Congratulations, Guanzhou!