AIA Sandcastle Competition

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Event is free and open to the public
East Beach parking is $15 (CASH ONLY; NO ATM)

Join our mailing list to stay connected and learn more about upcoming events, programs, volunteer opportunities, and ways to be involved in the work of AIA Houston.

East Beach
1923 Boddeker
Galveston, TX 77550

Gold Bucket



Educational Boards Sponsor

First Aid Tent Sponsor

Friends of Sandcastle

2021 Team and Sponsor Lead-Up Events



Team Registration is open to firms that meet the following eligibility requirements:

Architecture, Design, and Engineering firms must either be an AIA Member/Firm or an AIA Affiliate Member/Firm in order to enter as a team. Accredited Architecture, Design, and Engineering Universities are allowed to participate in the competition. 


MONDAY, MARCH 29 | Team Registration opens
Register your team HERE 

FRIDAY, JUNE 11 | Team Registration and Virtual Site Selection Lottery Registration Due

MONDAY, JUNE 14 | Virtual Site Selection Lottery (TEAMS) - 6:00pm
A representative of each participating team MUST be virtually present to participate in the Site Selection Lottery.  

MONDAY, JULY 26 | Virtual Site Selection Lottery (SPONSORS) - 6:00pm
A representative of each participating sponsor firm MUST be virtually present to participate in the Site Selection Lottery.  Register HERE (link coming soon).

MONDAY, JULY 26 | Team Late Registration, Last Call to Pre-order Shirts, and Theme & Category Form Due
All forms due by 5:00pm. Last call to modify or pre-order additional shirts. On a first-come, first-served basis, teams and sponsors can purchase additional shirts at the T-Shirt Distribution Party or the AIA tent on event day. 

WEDNESDAY, AUG 18 | T-Shirt Distribution Party @ McCoy-Rockford, 6869 Old Katy Road
Teams must send at least one representative to pick up t-shirts, vehicle beach pass and event participant wristbands. Complimentary food and drink. Sponsored by McCoy-Rockford.

SATURDAY, AUG 21 | Sandcastle Event Day
6:30am-9:00am With official vehicle pass, beach front opens for delivery of equipment and supplies to the Sandcastle sites.
No vehicles permitted on beach before 6:30am or after 9:00am

* * * * *


Download HERE (Coming in August!)


Download a copy of the Ofiicial Competition Rules HERE.


Need to order your tent? Click HERE to download Tent Vendor Information.


T-SHIRT FORM (Teams and Sponsors)

* * * * *

AIA Sandcastle has a block of rooms at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort. Make your reservations online by clicking here (online code: SAND) or call 409-744-5000 and ask for the AIA Sandcastle rate (phone code: Sandcastle Competition 2021). Monday, August 2 is the deadline to reserve rooms.  PLEASE NOTE: The Hilton Galveston Island Resort charges $8/per day for parking at the hotel.