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AISC Announces All-Star Judge Panel for 2022 Forge Prize

Parul Dubey on August 30, 2021 - in News, People

CHICAGO – The American Institute of Steel Construction is delighted to reveal the jury for the 2022 Forge Prize.

The Forge Prize recognizes extraordinary emerging architects for designs that embrace steel as a primary structural component and capitalize on steel’s ability to increase a project’s speed.

So, drum roll please! AISC is thrilled to be joined by

  • Evelyn Lee, FAIA, senior experience designer at Slack Technologies, founder of the Practice of Architecture and co-host of the Practice Disrupted podcast,
  • Miles Nelligan, associate principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and
  • Alex Bachrach, publisher of Architectural Record

“We couldn’t be more honored to have Evelyn, Miles, and Alex on the Forge Prize jury this year,” said Houston-based AISC Structural Steel Specialist Alex Morales, Associate AIA, EDAC, LEED Green Assoc. “They are true industry thought leaders, and I look forward to hearing their analyses of the visionary 2022 Forge Prize entries!”

The first stage of the competition is open through October 31. U.S.-based emerging designers (those who are either still obtaining licensure or have been licensed for less than 10 years) are welcome to submit conceptual designs.

The jury will select three finalists, who will each win a cash prize and be paired with a steel fabricator for the second phase of the competition, in which they further develop their concept before presenting to the jury, live on YouTube. The winning architect(s) will then shine in an industry spotlight as they share their vision at the Architecture in Steel Conference next March–and, of course, take home the $10,000 grand prize!

For more information or to enter the 2022 Forge Prize, please visit forgeprize.com.

About the judges (in alphabetical order)

Evelyn Lee, FAIA is the first-ever senior experience designer at Slack Technologies, founder of the Practice of Architecture website, and co-host of the Practice Disrupted podcast. Lee seamlessly integrates her business and architecture background with a qualitative and quantitative focus to build better experiences for the organization’s employees, clients, and guests.

Lee received a Bachelor of Architecture with honors in 2002 from Drury University, where she minored in global studies and played on the women’s soccer team. In 2003, she received her Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIArc). Most recently, in 2012, Lee finished a dual Master in Public Administration/Master in Business Administration in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School.

A widely published writer, Lee wrote a monthly column for Contract magazine for more than three years and is a frequent contributor to Architect magazine. Lee has received numerous industry awards, including the 40 Under 40 award from Building Design+Construction in 2016 and the AIA National Young Architects Award in 2014. She currently serves as the first-ever female treasurer to the AIA National Board for the 2020-2021 term.

Lee has been a featured keynote speaker, invited guest, panelist, and moderator at national design and architecture conferences including AIA National Convention, Dwell on Design, and Women in Green. Her topics focus on developing knowledge leadership, organizational change management, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, and strategic approaches to put design thinking into practice.

Miles Nelligan is an associate principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a design studio whose practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. Nelligan joined DS+R in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in architecture.

Nelligan has been responsible for leading a broad range of activities in the office, from competitions and concept design to programming and planning to technical detailing for many of the studio’s most important and groundbreaking projects. Nelligan’s recent projects at DS+R include the Prior Center for Performing Arts at the College of the Holy Cross and the two Columbia University Graduate School of Business buildings in Manhattanville.

Nelligan earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Building Science with first class honors from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He also holds a master’s in architecture from Princeton University, where he received the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship. He has taught at Princeton and design studios at Victoria University of Wellington and has also been an invited critic at numerous institutions. He is a licensed architect in New York.

Alex Bachrach has been publisher of Architectural Record since 2015, when BNP Media acquired the brand and all of its entities. He is also the publisher of Oculus, the journal of AIA NY, through a custom publishing partnership with the chapter.

Prior to this role, Bachrach was the group publisher of flooring, stone, and tile publications, organizing the Stone & Tile Pavilion at the AIA National Convention from 1995 through 2012 and co-sponsoring an AIA-accredited annual tour of Italian stone quarries and factories that offered 15 LUs annually for 15 years.

Bachrach has been with BNP Media since 1994.


About the American Institute of Steel Construction

The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

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