Gingerbread Build Off

Saturday December 10, 2016

10:00am - 4:30pm
Free to attend and open to the public.

Exhibition of winners at Architecture Center Houston
December 12-16, 2016

Hermann Square
900 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002

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Gingerbread Build-Off

December 14, 2013

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Gingerbread Build Off

December 8, 2012

Architecture Center Houston will host the 8th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall's Hermann Square Saturday December 10, 2016. 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! 

Team registration for the 2016 event is 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!!!!!
2:00 - 3:00 Children's Film Festival at Houston Public Library (just across the street!)
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


Volunteer to help with the Gingerbread Build-Off! ArCH needs help with the Kids Construction Zone, as well as setup/teardown of the event. Email for more details, or visit our page at Volunteer Match. Educational and civic groups welcome!


Congratulations to last year's winners!
View the 2015 winning structures here.

Grande Prix de Show
Courtney Harper+Associates

1st Runner-Up
English + Associates

2nd Runner-Up & Tallest Standing Structure
American Construction Investigations - League of Native Planters

Public Favorite & Most Creative Interpretation of Materials
Thomas Printworks - Ginger & the Snaps

Best Traditionally Themed
Kirksey & Canopy

Best Non-Traditionally Themed
Jackson & Ryan Architects

Best Archtiectural Icon
PBK Architects

2015 High School Challenge Winner
Klein Forest High School

Check out the images of 2014's winers below!