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Canstruction Build-Out
October 27

At Reagan Washington National Airport, Terminals B+C, Level 1, Baggage Claim Area.

Organized by AIA Northern Virginia Chapter and the Arlington Food Assistance Center, our 14th 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.

Children and adults alike will enjoy viewing the delightful and inventive structures. The public is invited to watch teams build on October 27 from 5:00p until midnight. The structures will be on public display at the airport through November 4.

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.


Schedule of Canstruction Events:

All events take place at Reagan National Airport.

Friday, October 27: Build-Out Night, 5:00p–midnight
Teams have seven hours to build. Structures become more visually interesting as the night progresses. Public and members of the press are invited.

Saturday, October 28: Press Preview and Judging 10:00–11:00a
Members of the press are invited to view and photograph the completed projects and interview event organizers.

Public display of Canstruction through Saturday, November 4

Sunday, November 5: De-Canstruction


Thank you to our participating teams:

CADD Microsystems
HGA Architects and Engineers
IBI Group
KGD Architecture
LandDesign + Rust | Orling Architecture
MTFA Architecture
PGAL (Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander and Linville)
Samaha Associates
McKinley Elementary School (offsite)


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.