The American Institute of Steel Construction is on the lookout for creative visions of the longer term from up-and-coming architects. The third annual Forge Prize competition is now open for entries!

This competition, established by The American Institute of Steel Construction in 2018, recognizes visionary emerging architects for designs that embrace steel as a primary structural component and maximize steel’s ability to extend a project’s speed.

The Forge Prize may be a unique opportunity to experiment with a conceptual design without limits in scope or complexity–the sky really is that the limit here. U.S.-based architects who are either currently seeking licensure or are licensed for fewer than 10 years may enter online at

The 2021 winner will bring home a complete of $15,000 and have the chance to present his/her idea both survive YouTube and to an audience of innovative designers at the Architecture in Steel conference.

“The Forge Prize empowers emerging designers to make freely with no set site and or project type. AISC supports each finalist by providing guidance from real-world industry leaders,” said 2020 Forge Prize judge Rebekah Gandy, AIA, LEED AP, CD of Gensler. “This collaborative approach pushes each design’s materialization and helps further our AEC industry.”

The first round of the competition will endways All Saints’ Day .

Three finalists emerge from the primary stage. Each finalist will bring home $5,000 and work with a number one steel fabricator to further refine his/her concept before the ultimate round.

A panel of industry-leading judges will choose a winner supported a final presentation, which can be broadcast survive YouTube in March. That winner will receive the $10,000 grand prize and be invited to present his/her concept at the Architecture in Steel Conference, which is incorporated in NASCC: The Steel Conference, in Louisville, Ky., April 14-16, 2021.

“The Forge Prize is a unique platform for emerging architects to develop innovative design concepts and collaborate with steel industry leaders to refine their ideas,” said 2020 Forge Prize judge Matt Dumich, FAIA, of SmithGroup. “The resulting proposals educate and inspire new applications using steel as a versatile construction material.”

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