Young Architects Studio Competition

About YASC

The goal of this competition is to engage young architects, emerging design professionals, and students, by challenging them to find innovative ways to approach a regional design challenge.

View a variety of past proposals from AIA Pittsburgh’s Young Architects Studio Competition (YASC) that proposed an architectural solution to what could be the future of the Bloomfield Shursave IGA.


Interested in submitting for YASC in 2020? Consider the following: 

All judging will be completely anonymous.  Judges will consider:

  • Comprehensive quality of the author’s written statement
  • How well the design solution communicates its vision and detail
  • Creativity of the design, materials, explanation, and solution
  • Constructibility of the solution, and sustainability of the materials

The design should be both memorable and impactful while promoting principles of safety, creativity and diversity that create healthy environments for all residents and visitors. The proposed design should develop an appropriate character/place/experience suited to Pittsburgh, and respect historic assets when applicable.


Enter the competition as an individual or create a design team! Individual entries must come from either an architecture graduate or undergraduate. AIA/AIAS membership is not required; however, individual entrants and team members must be located within AIA Pittsburgh’s 11-county area.

  • Architecture Graduates
    Individual architecture graduates, who have been out of school for no more than ten years, are eligible to enter this competition. Entrants may or may not be licensed to practice architecture.
  • Architecture Undergraduates
    Individual architecture undergraduates, who are currently enrolled in an architecture program, are eligible to enter this competition.
  • Design Teams
    The teams must be lead by an architecture graduate and/or undergraduate and can include graduates, who have been out of school for no more than ten years, or undergraduates in a design industry related field which can include, but is not limited to engineers, landscape architects, or artists.