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Forge Prize Seeks Ideas from Emerging Architects

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

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

An innovative cantilevered pedestrian bridge and elevated park concept by Rosannah Harding and Matthew Ostrow of HardingOstrow won the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Forge Prize in 2020.

The Forge Prize is a unique opportunity to experiment with a conceptual design without limits in scope or complexity. U.S.-based architects who are either currently seeking licensure or have been licensed for fewer than 10 years may enter online at forgeprize.com. The first round of the competition will end on November 1.

Three finalists emerge from the first stage. Each finalist will take home $5,000 and work with a leading steel fabricator to further refine his/her concept before the final round.

A panel of industry-leading judges will choose a winner based on a final presentation, which will be broadcast live on YouTube in March 2021. 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.

Rosannah Harding and Matt Ostrow of HardingOstrow won the 2020 competition with an exciting cantilevered footbridge/elevated park that would transform part of Manhattan.