Gingerbread Build Off

Saturday December 9, 2017

TEAM REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 AT 5PM.

10:00am - 4:30pm
Open to the public and free for spectators

Exhibition of winners at Architecture Center Houston
December 11 - 15, 2017

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

2017 Gingerbread Competition Judges Announced!!!

Councilmember Karla Cisneros
Ruben Dominguez, FOX 26 News
GONZO247
Bobby Jucker, 3Brothers Bakery
Amy Moen, Vice President & Marketing Principal at HOK

Architecture Center Houston will host the 9th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall's Hermann Square Saturday December 9, 2017. Competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials. More than 4,500 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 2017 event is open to local architecture firms, design professionals, 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 Holiday Themed, Best Non-Holiday Themed, Best Houston-centric, Most Creative Interpretation of Materials, and Public Favorite. Gingerbread buildings will be judged by an independent panel of food, design, art, and architecture professionals.

Team registration is now open! Register your team online here. Please review the Competition Rules before registering.

Sponsor the Gingerbread Build-Off! Connect with our teams and spectators while supporting Architecture Center Houston's exhibits, tours and education programs.

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 11-15, free and open to the public at the Central Branch of the Houston Public Library (500 McKinney St.)

Volunteering
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 aleks@aiahouston.org for more details, or visit our page at Volunteer Match. (This link will go  live in October 2017.) Educational and civic groups welcome!