AIA Sandcastle Competition

Saturday, August 20, 2022

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

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East Beach
1923 Boddeker
Galveston, TX 77550

Gold Bucket



Educational Boards Sponsor

First Aid Tent Sponsor

Friends of Sandcastle

Team and Sponsor Information


Team Registration is open to firms that meet the following eligibility requirements:
Architecture, design and engineering firms must have at least one AIA Architect or Assoc. Architect on their team, or be 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.

Sponsorships Available HERE. 



MONDAY, MARCH 28 | Team Registration open.

MONDAY, JUNE 20| Team Registration and Site Selection Lottery Registration Due by 5PM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 | Virtual TEAM Site Selection Lottery
A representative of each participating team MUST be present to participate in the Site Selection Lottery. 

MONDAY, JULY 18 | Virtual SPONSOR Site Selection Lottery
A representative of each sponsoring firm MUST be present to participate in the Site Selection Lottery.

MONDAY, JULY 25 | 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, JULY 27 | Sponsor Print Deadline

MONDAY, AUGUST 1 | Free Team Signs Due to ARC
Please send your team signs for printing directly to ARC Document Solutions/Riot by 5PM on August 1. Click HERE for instructions.

WEDNESDAY, AUG 17 at 5:30 PM T-SHIRT Distribution Party at CORE Office Interiors

Your team MUST send at least one representative to pick up t-shirts, vehicle beach pass and event participant wristbands.  

SATURDAY, AUG 20 | 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.

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Download event poster HERE

Available after Site Selection Party

FREE TEAM SIGN from ARC/RIOT (Deadline August 1)
Instruction HERE 

Download a copy of the Ofiicial Competition Rules HERE.

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

THEME & CATEGORY FORM (Teams only) Info coming soon
T-SHIRT FORM (Teams and Sponsors) Info coming soon

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A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the Galveston Island Hilton, 5400 Seawall Boulevard.
Please call (409) 744-5000 to make reservations; please reference AIA Sandcastle or one of the following codes:

SAND (online)


Reservations must be made by July 19 to get the group rate.