WSOA student, David Covarrubias, wins third-place in the ACSA National Steel Design Competition

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announced the winners of the 2023 Steel Design Student Competition last week.

The competition recognizes 11 exceptional projects, in two categories, that explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.

The 2023 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition offered architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories. Category I challenged students to design “A Place for the Spirit” on a campus, welcoming to all, where members of the campus community and visitors can learn about and express spirituality. Category II was open, offering students the opportunity to select a site and building program using steel as the primary material.

For Category I students were challenged to design “A Place for the Spirit” on a campus, and Woodbury School of Architecture’s own David Covarrubias took home third prize in this category with their project titled “Luminae Sanctum: Bend, Diffuse, Self-Reflect”!

On the left: a labeled design of David Covarrubias' structure. a pointed curved building with many windows. on the right are details of specific joining points in the steel structure.
Luminae Sanctum labeled designs by David Covarrubias.

Project Description:

“Luminae Sanctum: Bend, Diffuse, Self-Reflect is a multicultural spiritual space for students of various backgrounds. The project utilizes the universal qualities of light to create moments of reflection. The design harnesses a round HSS structural system to support the paneled facade system, manipulating the light to guide the user and inspire self-reflection. The overset panels create a sundial effect throughout the day, ending in a precipice moment before sunset, when the light beams directly into the main spiritual space.”

Faculty sponsor: Gerard Smulevich. Read more about the event at ACSA’s Website.


Last Updated on September 6, 2022. 

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