9th Annual SSEF Architectural Student Design Competition 2010


Two students from the School have won the Award of Excellence in the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF) Architectural Student Design Competition. The winning team was composed of U2 students Tara Hagan and Claire Wang, and their submission was entitled "The Sunken Garden, A Pavilion for the Public, Montreal's Underground City." The Award of Excellence comes with a $3,000 prize for the team and a $1,500 prize for the faculty supervisor (Pieter Sijpkes). SSEF will also cover all the expenses of the winning students to attend the annual meetings of the SSEF and the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) in Kananaskis, Alberta, in June.

A third U2 student from the School, Keith Thomas, has won the second prize, the Award of Merit, in the same competition. The Award of Merit comes with a $2,000 prize for the student and a $1,000 prize for the faculty supervisor (Pieter Sijpkes).

From the competition call: "Students are invited not only to explore curvature as it may be expressed in form, surfaces, members, and connections; they are also invited to engage in the exploration of curvature as part of a structural dialogue of tension and compression that must be brought into balance in the structural resolution of architectural form. While they may range from utilitarian to exquisite in their execution, all responses must, nonetheless, come to terms with one simple problem: the clear expression of curvature encapsulated within a structural form. To this end, the solution cannot hide this structural requirement; it must, instead, be celebrated and exploited, both architecturally and structurally."

The SSEF Architectural Design Competition was created to give a unique opportunity to students enrolled in professional programs in Architecture in Canada. The competitions provide incentive to explore the detailed design of exposed steel systems.