CHICAGO — The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has issued a call for entries for its 2011 Student Architectural Design Competition. The project will address total-precast concrete design solutions for multiunit housing, including concepts for duplex, apartment, senior and extended-care housing projects, as well as hotels, motels, dormitories, and military barracks.

Students will be evaluated on their ability to creatively design and technically integrate architectural and structural total-precast concrete systems. For their design, they may elect to use a selected site-specific location at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, Ill., or develop their own existing site.

Consideration for sustainable building practices will be a major element in the competition. Successful entries will be characterized by innovative use of precast/prestressed concrete as an agent in sustainable design. A minimum potential LEED silver rating is required to be integrated into the design.

The competition is open to students currently enrolled in any architecture-related program, such as architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, interior design, or any program with an emphasis on the built environment. Competition entries may be the work of an individual student or can be submitted as a team from a school. Student organizations, such as AIAS, may enter the competition as a possible fundraiser for the organization. Each entry must have a faculty advisor.

The entry due date for the 2011 competition is May 27, 2011. Design winners will be announced in July 2011 and awards will be presented at the PCI 2011 Annual Convention & Exhibition to be held Oct. 22–25, 2011, in Salt Lake City.

For more information about the competition, submittal requirements and forms, visit Click on Education, then click on Architectural Competition.

For questions or sponsorship opportunities, contact PCI’s managing director, Research and Development, Roger J. Becker, P.E., S.E., at (312) 360-3213 or