2017 Design Challenge

Metals in Construction magazine invites architects, engineers, and students around the world to submit their visions for reducing energy consumption in the built environment by minimizing a building’s embodied energy.

Design Brief
As design strategies succeed in shrinking the energy used in operating buildings, focus is shifting to the energy consumed producing the materials used in constructing them. Carbon dioxide emitted as a result of this energy use accounts for 50 to 300 percent of a building’s total lifetime consumption. Since the structure and the enclosure account for much of this, can combining these two systems help minimize the building’s total embodied energy? The Metals in Construction magazine 2017 Design Challenge: Reimagine Structure invites participants to submit their vision for accomplishing this goal to help solve the world’s climate crisis. Read the full Design Brief


One grand prize of $15,000 to be awarded at a half-day conference at The TimesCenter in New York City on February 24, 2017. Along with the winner, up to 10 honorable mentions will be chosen for discussion at the conference. The winner and the top five finalists will also be published in Metals in Construction magazine and its digital platforms.

All materials are due by February 1, 2017. Once entrants register via the competition site, they and/or their teammates may log in and edit their competition entry as many times as they like until the deadline. See submission details here.

Meet the Competition Jury:
Lise Anne Couture, Asymptote Architecture
Michael D. Flynn, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Hauke Jungjohann, Thornton Tomasetti
Ahmad Rahimian, WSP | PB USA
Craig Schwitter, BuroHappold Engineering
Marc Simmons, Front Inc.
Patrice Derrington, Columbia GSAPP (Moderator)
Learn more and register for the competition: www.metalsinconstruction.org