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Dulles Airport to Host Our 15th Annual Canstruction Competition – Team Registration is Open
Posted Monday, July 2

With Reagan National Airport undergoing major construction, Dulles has generously offered to host this year’s Canstruction® competition.

On a typical day, more than 60,000 passengers pass through Dulles, making this is an ideal location to draw attention to supporting our neighbors and showcasing the design talents of local architects. The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to families in need, is counting on us and we are counting on you to help.

Organized by AIA Northern Virginia 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. During the last 14 years we have donated hundreds of thousands of cans to help feed our neighbors. In 2017 we donated 23,000+ cans and over $42,000 in cash to AFAC, the 2nd highest cash donation among all International competitions, over 150, second only to Hong Kong.

Build-out night is Friday, October 26 and our structures are on display until de-Canstruction on Sunday, November 4.

Be creative, inspire teamwork, help your community and have fun!

Please consider forming a team.

Entering teams can be made up of architects with designers, engineers, contractors or students. At least one member of each team must be a member of AIA Northern Virginia. Firms are welcome to enter jointly. Student teams may participate, but must be mentored by an AIA Northern Virginia member. We are happy to help match firms and companies to form a joint team and to help find an architect to work with students.

Our creations are imaginative, entertaining, structurally intriguing and award-winning! During our 14 years of participation, our teams have earned the top International Award for Jurors’ Favorite TWICE, competing with over 1,200 structures from cities worldwide. MTFA Architecture took top prize in the 2015 competition and Samaha Associates won the award in 2010.

With Canstruction, you win whether you get a trophy or not because just by participating, you help to feed those in need.

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