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Winning Teams Announced in Architecture Center Houston's 9th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off

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HOUSTON, December 19, 2017 – Architecture Center Houston hosted the 9th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall's Hermann Square Saturday December 9, 2017. More than 4,000 spectators attended the event and cheered on the teams while playing in the kids' construction zone and hanging out with Santa.


This year, 35 teams of local architects, engineers, design professionals, students, and enthusiasts competed to impress the judges and take home the coveted Grand Prix de Show for their edible structure. Additional awards were given for Best Architectural Icon, Tallest Standing Structure, Best Holiday Themed, Best Non-Holiday Themed, Best Houston-centric, Most Creative Interpretation of Materials, and Public Favorite. Teams had 5 hours to build and decorate their structures from 100% edible materials. Competition Rules are available online here.

Celebrity Judges:

Council Member Karla Cisneros

Ruben Dominguez, FOX 26 News


Bobby Jucker, 3Brothers Bakery

Amy Moen, President, Architecture Center Houston Foundation

Winning Teams:

Below are pictures of the winning teams and their creations.

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Grande Prix de Show

Jackson & Ryan Architects

A Nightmare Before Christmas


First Runner Up

Public Favorite

Most Creative Interpretation of Materials

Ginger & the Snaps - Thomas Printworks

Gingerassic Park


2nd Runner-Up


Marriott Marquis


High School Challenge

Galena Park High School Culinary Arts Club

Galena Park Christmas Village


Best Architectural Icon

Tallest Standing Structure

Workplace Solutions

Bank of America Building


Best Houston-centric

Goree Architects

Minute Maid Park


Best Holiday Themed

Energy Architecture



Best Non-Holiday Themed

Method Architecture

Up House


Many thanks and holiday cheer to the event sponsors!

About AIA Houston and The Architecture Center Houston (ArCH)

AIA Houston is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is a community of architects coming together to accomplish things in our practices and in our communities that no single architect can do alone. The Architecture Center Houston Foundation is a nonprofit education organization designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 corporation that promotes awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the ways in which architecture and urban design influence the built environment and enhance the quality of life in the community.

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