Canstruction|DC 2013

Canstruction|DC 2013 Prepares to Feed the Hungry, One Can at a Time

Canstruction|DC is only one month away! Now is the time to show your support. An annual design and build competition, Canstruction|DC uses cans of food as a catalyst for change. Canstruction challenges participants to create intricate structures using only canned goods. Upon completion of the competition, all canned food is donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Adding an additional layer of public involvement to the competition, the 2013 Canstruction|DC Razoo page is up and running. The micro-donation site also allows Canstruction teams to post pictures and videos of their creations, and enthusiasts can make donations in support of their team of choice.

Sponsored by the Washington Architectural Foundation and the Society of Design Administration, 2013 Canstruction|DC runs August 31 through September 7, 2013 at the National Building Museum. The theme of this year’s Canstruction|DC event is “The National Mall”.

Build-out—in which teams begin assembling their Canstruction creations—gets underway on Saturday, August 31 at 10:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm. From build out through “decanstruction” on Saturday, September 7, all Canstruction projects are on display in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. The public is invited to vote for their favorites by donating cans of food.

On Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 pm, the National Building Museum will host an awards ceremony and after-hours viewing party. At this exciting event, Canstruction competitors, supporters, judges, members of the media, and architecture and design enthusiasts gather to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and beverages with other emerging professionals, celebrate the completed projects and congratulate this year’s winners.

The Canstruction Viewing Party is open to the public. Tickets are $20/person and advance registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food goods to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. For more information or to register, visit

Upon completion of the event, Canstruction creations are dismantled and all cans of food used by the teams and donated by the public are given to the Capital Area Food Bank for distribution to those in need. To date, Canstruction|DC has donated more than 250 tons of food.

Founded in 1992 by the Society for Design Administrators, Canstruction has raised over 20 million pounds of food for local communities across the world. Contributors for this year’s event include the Builders’ Ball, National Building Museum, National Building Museum, NCARB, NRI, Safeway, and TW Perry.

Any Washington DC-area architecture, design, construction, or engineering firm may sponsor a team (with five official participants). At least one member of the team must be an AIA or Associate AIA member. The 2013 Canstruction|DC teams include:

· Barnes Vanze Architects
· Cannon Design
· David M Schwarz Architects, Inc.
· Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
· Grunley Construction
· Hartman-Cox Architects
· Leo A Daly
· McKissack & McKissack
· Michael Baker, Jr., Inc.
· MV+A Architects
· Perkins+Will
· R2L:Architects
· Robert Silman Associates
· Skanska USA Inc. and JMT
· SmithGroup JJR
· Stantec
· Turner/HOK Washington DC
· WDG Architecture
· Wiencek+Associates
· Wnuk Spurlock Architecture/NKArchitects
· Young Constructors Forum – AGC of DC

For more information on Canstruction|DC, contact Beth Judy at the Washington Architectural Foundation, or call 202.347.9403. Additional information is also available at the Washington Architectural Foundation’s website the event’s Facebook page, or the event’s Tumblr page.

About Canstruction®
Canstruction is a charity of the design community that holds events, exhibitions and competitions in local communities to raise food for hunger relief organizations and to promote the design industry. Canstruction was founded in 1992 by the Society for Design Administrators and has since raised over 20 million pounds of food for local communities around the world. Canstruction is one of the largest internationally recognized food drives of its kind.

About the Washington Architectural Foundation
Founded in 1988 by the Washington, DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF) has a clear mission: Architects Serving the Community. WAF serves a singular role in the region: leveraging the combined talents of hundreds of gifted architectural professionals in the service of our community. Through educational and community assistance programs, volunteer architects use their expertise and time to improve our neighborhoods, empower individuals, and create opportunities to encourage good design and quality architecture. WAF builds community, fosters respect for the built environment and increases young people’s knowledge of art, design, mathematics, and science in order to cultivate the next generation of Washington, DC stewards.
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Event Details:

  • When: 

    Saturday, August 31, 2013
    10:00 am

  • Where: 

    National Building Museum
    401 F Street NW
    Washington, District of Columbia

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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