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Architecture Center Houston to Host 10th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off with Santa

Giant Gingerbread Creations, Photos with Santa, Celebrity Judges Announced, Open Call for Teams, Sponsorship Opportunities

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HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2018 – The Architecture Center Houston (ArCH), the nonprofit arm of the American Institute of Architects Houston chapter, will host the 10th annual Gingerbread Build-Off competition on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. around the reflecting pool at City Hall’s Hermann Square. This free, family-friendly event presents an epic, edible battle among dozens of teams, using entirely consumable building materials, as they compete for the coveted Grand Prix de Show, plus a variety of additional category awards including Best Architectural Icon, Tallest Standing Structure, Best Traditionally (Holiday) Themed, Best Houston-centric Themed, Most Creative Interpretation of Materials, and Public Favorite. See 2017 winners.


2017 Grand Prix de Show Winner "Nightmare Before Christmas" by Jackson & Ryan Architects, Photo by Rhonda Hudnall

“We are very excited to be hosting this fun competition for the 10th year,” said Rusty Bienvenue, Executive Director, AIA Houston. “The Gingerbread Build-Off has grown to one of the biggest Houston holiday events for families, architects and architecture fans alike and it’s always nice to see the mini gingerbread creations in the “Kid’s Construction Zone.”  

This festive holiday event is expected to bring more than 4,500 spectators to cheer on teams and enjoy food trucks, hot chocolate, caroling and photo opportunities with Santa.


In addition to an independent judging panel of architecture and design professionals, four celebrity judges will round out the judging roster. Houston Life Co-Host Courtney Zavala, Houston Chronicle Senior Editor Lisa Gray, fashion designer and visual artist Selven O’Keef Jarmon, and co-owner of Three Brothers Bakery Robert “Bobby” Jucker will join Steve Stelzer, AIA, City of Houston, Green Building Resource Center and Caryn Ogier, AIA, President of ArCH. 

This year’s Gingerbread Build-Off is generously underwritten by Custom Audio Video (CAV) with additional support from Greystar, Thomas Printworks, Three Brothers Bakery and more.


Registration and Sponsorship

ArCH invites high school teams, food and design enthusiasts and local businesses to register for a team this year. Registration is currently open for teams. See competition guidelines. 


Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. Sponsorship deadline to make the event print materials and competition apron is November 16, 2018 at noon. See sponsorship opportunities.

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. The mission of ArCH is to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the ways in which architecture, design and urban planning influence and enhance the quality of life in our community. Architecture Center Houston is the only dedicated venue in the city for the public and both Houston residents and tourists to learn about architecture and design in general and the built environment of greater Houston. ArCH provides education on the benefits of good design and advocates for communities’ engagement in creating well-designed environments that support their needs and aspirations.

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