Submission site opens on May 1, 2023.

Competition Theme

Design an elegant steel structure for an amphitheatre stage in Canada

Students in Canadian Schools of Architecture are invited to submit a design proposal for an outdoor amphitheatre with a seating area and stage covered with an elegant structural steel canopy. The seating typology and capacity and the site are left at the student’s discretion but must be located within Canada. An existing amphitheatre site may be selected where the challenge is to propose a new stage and canopy.

Examples of outdoor performance spaces can be found in Canada, but most do not feature a distinctive steel structure above their stage to support props and create a frame around the performers. The challenge of this CISC competition is to design a remarkable structural steel volume above the performance space that will be functional as well as aesthetic to create an architectural landmark for the venue’s identity.

2022-2023 Program
Submission Criteria
Submission Site Coming Soon
1st Prize – Award of Excellencestudent team (1) $8,000
faculty sponsor $2,000
2nd Prizestudent team (1) $4,000
faculty sponsor $1,000
3rd Prizestudent team (1) $2,000
faculty sponsor $500
Proposals will be verified for conformity. Valid proposals will be scored individually by each jury member according to the 5 criteria listed below. The jury will meet in a final round to select, amongst the 10 finalist projects who received highest score, the 3 Prizes of Excellence.
Scoring and judging will be based on the following criteria:
• Aesthetics and ingenuity
• Incorporation of competition theme
• Use of structural steel
• Buildability (specification of steel sizes and shapes)
• AESS finish
The aim of the competition is to introduce students to the use of exposed structural steel and show the design potential of formal expression, detailing and surface finish.
Proposals must exclusively use steel in the design of the structure and for surfaces where appropriate. The design must demonstrate an understanding of the properties and possibilities steel has to offer.
The competition theme requires students to:
• elaborate a structural frame with steel elements
• design buildable connections
• collaborate with a steel fabricator to choose the steel members and their connections
Collaboration between designer(s) and fabricator(s) is encouraged to familiarize students with the industry and allow them to develop a realistic and buildable proposal.

Students and faculty sponsors are encouraged to seek advice and guidance from a local steel fabricator to help chose the right steel sections and elaborate the design. CISC can suggest on request names of steel fabricators.

The competition is open to all current full-time students (individually or in teams of maximum 3) registered in a Canadian school that offers an accredited or non-accredited program of architecture or architecture / engineering of at least 3 years duration.

Each student team should register and identify a primary contact for the team. A faculty professor that endorsed the individual or team must be provided. Teams that include students in engineering are encouraged to participate.

The competition may be conducted as part of a design studio project under the direction of the faculty sponsor or as an independent extracurricular self-directed project. In all cases, winning entries and their faculty sponsor will receive the stipulated prize.

To register, go to the CISC website ( and select Registration. Create an account, complete and submit the registration form. Registration allows students to receive Q&A and be informed of latest competition updates.

To submit your proposal, click on the link received in your registration confirmation email or go to the CISC website ( and select Submission. Simply log into your account and attach a single project file in PDF format.
Submission site opens on May 1, 2023.
All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., ET on May 12, 2023.


June 27, 2022Competition announced
April 3, 2023Registration deadline
May 12, 2023Submission deadline
June 26, 2023Announcement of winners
June 28, 2023Publication of winning entries
September 2023Award of Excellence presented at a virtual presentation
September 2023 and onTouring exhibition of finalists at region events across Canada



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