SM&W Houston Kicks off the Holiday’s with AIA Gingerbread Build-Off

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Join us on Saturday, December 10th at the 8th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off competition, as teams test their holiday gingerbread building skills


The event hosted by Architecture Center Houston will be held at City Hall’s Hermann Square. ¬†Competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials. More than 3,000 spectators are expected to attend and cheer on the teams, play in the kids’ construction zone, and see Santa. All of that entertainment is free and open to the public. “We are proud to be part of our local community and sponsor the AIA Houston Gingerbread Build-Off.” said Tyson Leonard, office director for SM&W’s Houston.


Team registration for the 2016 event was open to local architecture firms, design professional, students, and enthusiasts seeking the coveted Grand Prix de Show for their edible structure. Additional awards will be given in categories including 1st and 2nd Runner Up, Best Architectural Icon, Tallest Standing Structure, Best Traditionally Themed, Best Non-Traditionally Themed, Most Creative Interpretation of Materials, and Public Favorite. Gingerbread buildings will be judged by an independent panel of food, design, art, and architecture professionals.


Event Day Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00 Team Check-in
10:00 – 3:00 Competition Building & Kids Construction Zone
10:00 – 4:00 Food Trucks
12:00 – 2:00 SANTA!!!!!
3:00 – 4:00 Foster High School Falcon Choir
4:00 – 4:30 Awards


Following the Build-Off, winners and select competitors will be featured in a one week exhibition December 12-16, free and open to the public at Architecture Center Houston. See last year’s winners in the slideshow above.



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Great coverage of the 2016 Gingerbread build-off by Houston Chronicle. “Houston architects compete for gingerbread bragging rights!”¬†



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