AIA Sandcastle

Saturday August 25, 2018

Save the date! The 2018 AIA Sandcastle Competition will take place on Saturday August 25 on East Beach in Galveston, TX.

East Beach
1923 Boddeker
Galveston, TX 77550

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Team Registration Information

The 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at East Beach in Galveston, TX.  All registration forms are linked below. Teams must register by 5pm on Monday May 8th to participate in the competition. All team forms are due by Monday May 8th. 

Competition Rules - New categories in 2017. Please read. Thanks!

Team Registration  

Theme and Category FormNEW CATEGORIES!!!
    2017 Theme Based Categories:
    Each Team is permitted to enter only ONE of the Theme Based Categories listed below.
    Best Architectural Icon
    Best Traditional Castle
    Kidtastic!- LEGO Edition (A rotating theme: this year all things LEGO)
    Houston-centric (Any and all things Houston)
    Best Science Fiction Theme
    Best Sports Theme

    Returning Overall Categories 

    Each team is automatically entered in each of the Overall Categories listed below
    Gold Bucket (1st Place)
    Silver Shovel (2nd Place)
    Bronze Shovel (3rd Place)
    Honorable Mention (4th, 5th and 6th Place)
    AIA College Challenge (awarded only to university student teams)
    Best Team Signage
    Best Team T-Shirt
    Best Costume
    Public Favorite
    Tallest Standing Structure
    Most Sustainable Team (All teams will receive a sustainable rating from a team of judges rating everything from water delivery systems to recycling efforts and formwork. The team with the highest score will receive an award. Stay tuned for more details.)

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AIA Sandcastle has a block of rooms at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort. Make your reservations online by clicking here (online code: AIA) or call 409-744-5000 and ask for the AIA Sandcastle rate (phone code: Sandcastle Competition 2017).

Free Team Sign Information

Each team will receive a free team sign to display at the beach. Thomas Printworks generously provides this service for all teams as our event underwriter. Deadline for sign file submission is Tuesday, May 18th.