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Designs start with ideas. Ideas start with inspiration. Explore a variety of architecural resources below including videos, publications, articles and more, and take the first step towards The Forge Prize.

Online Resources

Browse a variety of relevant online resources and discover steel-related information ranging from past steel structure award winners to structural standards and guidelines.


The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), 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 in the United States. AISC website:

Modern Steel Construction

This authoritative monthly magazine is made available online free of charge. This magazine covers the use of fabricated structural steel in the variety of structural types. It presents information on the newest and most advanced applications of structural steel in a wide range of structures. Issues of Modern Steel Construction (1996 – Present) are available online:


AISC Ideas2 Awards features archives of award-winning structures throughout the years. Filter by year and explore all of the recent winners.

AISC Code of Standard Practice

AISC Code of Standard Practice, Reference Section 10: Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel. 2016 COSP (ANSI/AISC 303-16) provides a framework for a common understanding of the acceptable standards when contracting for structural steel. Section 10 deals explicitly with AESS.

AESS Sample Specification

AESS Sample Specification is an editable document that can be updated and inserted into individual project specifications. The document was originally developed by the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado/Rocky Mountain Steel Construction Association Steel Liaison Committee (SEAC/RMSCA).

AESS Cost Matrix

AESS Cost Matrix is an editable spreadsheet that can be updated to anticipate cost implications by specifying various levels of AESS on projects. This document was originally published by SEAC/RMSCA Steel Liaison Committee in November 2017.

AESS Shop Drawings

Shop drawings of the five AESS sculptures which can be downloaded and use to fabricate user’s own versions. Contact AISC Steel Solutions Center at [email protected] if you’d like to be put in touch with a local fabricator to purchase your own drawings.

AESS Sample Images

can be used to supplement project meetings to understand expectations for various categories of AESS.


View relevant publications below to stay updated on recent steel design news as well as exclusive design tips, industry announcements and more.

The New Categorized Approach to Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel: An Overview. AISC, November 2017. (reprint from MSC)

 Terri Meyer Boake. Understanding Steel Design: An Architectural Design Manual. Birkhäuser 2013

Terri Meyer Boake. Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel: Specifications, Connections, Details. Birkhäuser, 2016.

John Fernandez. Material Architecture. Spon Press, 2006

John Fernandez. Material Architecture. Spon Press, 2006

John Fernandez. Material Architecture. Spon Press, 2006

John Fernandez. Material Architecture. Spon Press, 2006

John Fernandez. Material Architecture. Spon Press, 2006


Below are Steel Resource videos from Professor Terri Meyer Boake from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture on Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS). These videos are provided from The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and Professor Boake.

Custom Steel

Tension: Force Differentiated Structural

 Span: Exploiting the Tensile Strength of Steel

Steel Connections

Steel Coatings & Protection

Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS)

Architecturally Exposed: Understanding the Art and Science of Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel: This is a one-hour video presented by AISC and featuring Terri Meyer Boake.