48_305 | Advanced Construction Studio | S16

11th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition

Sponsored by:

EPIC® Metals Corporation | 11 Talbot Avenue | Rankin, PA 15104 | (877) 696-3742

Posted: Sunday, 13 March 2016 | Assigned & Revised: Mon, 14 March 2016

Plot DropBox Deadline: 8:00am, Thur, 17 March 2016 | Pin-Up Deadline: 10:30am, Thur, 17 March 2016

Closed Jury: 3:30pm, Thur, 17 March 2016

Meet the Teams

A Camera Obscura Installation

The camera obscura has had an interesting role in history, from informing our preliminary understandings of light and optics to illustrating the principles of perspective drawing to guiding the development of photographic devices. These objects can be as small as a box sitting on a table for the use of artists or scientists in a studio to large installations on top of castles or perched on the sides of mountains that project magnificent landscapes for the enjoyment of the visitors.

For this competition, you are to design a camera obscura that can be used in lesson planning to support the project learning objectives of your charter school. The camera needs to be available to teachers and students during school hours, but also to the general public on a scheduled basis when the school is not in session.

Epic Metals has agreed to donate the bulk of the materials for the construction of these objects, so the jury will be considering the creative and expressive use of metal deck products in your design submission.


Working with a teammate chosen from your studio section, you are to design a camera obscura installation per the following brief on the site of your charter school.


The camera obscura must be placed within the property boudaries of your studio site (or as designated by your instructor) at an elevation from 0 to 60 feet above ground level. If you chose to place your object above ground level, assume that it is on a plinth with elevator access to the elevation upon which the camera sits.


The camera obscura:


Submission Requirements

Two (2) 24" x 36" Competition Panels (maximum 48" wide when pinned up) with:

One Physical Model

The submissions will be judged anonymously, so please be sure that the names of the team members are not visible to the jury during the judging.


Pittsburgh Architect TBD

Stephen M. Potts, PE, Vice President of Engineering, EPIC Metals Corporation

The 48.305 Advanced Construction Studio Faculty


A total of $2400 will be awarded to the winning teams - $1000 for the First Place Team, $800 for the Second Place Team, $600 for the Third Place Team.

EPIC Metals Corporation is sponsoring the Joe Kapps reception and lecture as part of the SoArch Spring Lecture Series on Monday, 4 April 2016. The reception will be in CFA214 in conjunction with the 4th year design awards and the lecture will follow in the Kresge Theater. The top five teams will be notified prior to the event and will be required to be in attendance to be publicly recognized.

Photo credit: Michael Henninger, Post Gazette