AIA Northern Virginia
AIA Northern Virginia Sketch Competition
Canstruction® 2018
October 26 - November 4, 2017
at Dulles International Airport

On October 26 local architects will build a series of incredible structures at Dulles International Airport in less than seven hours!

The remarkable pace of construction is owed to the fact that the installations were constructed entirely of canned foods. After a public viewing period, the structures will be de-Canstructed and donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to families in need.

Organized by AIA Northern Virginia Chapter and AFAC, our 15th annual Canstruction® competition celebrates the commitment that local architects have made to support their community and have fun while doing so. Most importantly, hundreds of families will benefit from thousands of donated cans. Over 23,000 pounds of food and $42,326 in funds were donated to AFAC from our 2017 competition.

For many years we have enjoyed holding our Canstruction event at Reagan National Airport, but due to a major construction project at the airport, we are unable to build there this year. We are so thankful that Dulles Airport welcomed us to build in their terminal affording us the opportunity to continue to support AFAC and our neighbors.

Children and adults alike will enjoy viewing the delightful and inventive structures. The public is invited to watch teams build on October 26 from 5:00p until midnight. The structures will be on public display at the airport through November 3.

Before these whimsical works become meals, they will be evaluated by an expert panel and awarded in the categories of Best Original Design, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Most Cans, People’s Choice and Structural Ingenuity. Winning entries will go on to compete in the International Canstruction competition.

Let's Quack Down on Hunger

HGA Architects and Engineers - Let's Quack Down on Hunger
2017 Winner of Best Original Design and People’s Choice
Photograph © Tina Falkenbury

All ten team slots filled quickly for the 2018 competition: A limited number of Canstruction Competition Sponsorships are available.

For additional information, please contact the Chapter House at or (703) 549-9747.

Canstruction® is a national charity of the design and construction industry under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration. For additional information and to see sample structures, visit the Canstruction website.