Atlanta, GA, March 30, 2017– Canstruction®, Inc announced today 8 winners to receive top honors at the 2016 Canstruction International Citywide Competition Award Ceremony. Over 1,200 teams of design industry professionals volunteered to compete creating structures out of full cans of food. The International Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM during the American Institute of Architect's Annual Convention being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The Award Ceremony will be broadcasted live from the stage during on this segment of ArchitectLive.                 

This year more than 10,000 volunteers participated in Canstruction competitions from 150 cites around the world. Judges at each Citywide Competition selected one winner in each of 6 award catagories: Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Juror's Favorite, Structural Ingenuity, Honorable Mention, and People's Choice. Winners of the International Competition were selected from the local winners of the Citywide Competitions. Two additional award catagories (Most Cans and Founders Award) were included in the International Citywide Competition. In 2016, nearly 8 million pounds of food was raised from Canstruction competitions to benefit local food banks and hunger relief organizations around the world.               

Winners were selected based on originality, design quality, innovation, nutritional elements, craftsmanship, technique, and can quantities used. Listed below are the 2016 Canstruction International Citywide Competition winners.              

Founders Award: Jeffrey Rome & Associates. "Celebrate Life on a Full Stomach" created by this California archectural firm contains 10,321 cans and stands 10' H x 10'L x 10' W. Awarded for best representing the vision of Canstruction's Founder (Cheri Melillo) and creating awe-inspiring CanArt®, using lots of canned food.

Jurors' Favorite Award: Withee Malcolm Architects. "Fighting Hunger Madders" created by this California firm is playful and bright, creating a lasting impression. Built using 6,000 cans, the Cansculpture® is 9' H x 8' W x 8' L.            

Structural Ingenuity Award: HOK. Created by the New York HOK team, this impressive, gravity defying Cansculpture, titled "Twist and Shout" incorporated 1,000 cans and stands 7' H x 3' W x 3' L.    

Best Use of Labels Award: Gensler. "What Goes Around, Cans Around" by the New York Gensler team won for creating depth and personality within a 360 degree, mosaic wall depicting a carousel. It's 3-D elements were illuminated by the outstanding use of can labels. Standing at 8' H x 8' Diameter, it contains 7,989 cans.         

Best Meal Award: Kodet Architectural Group. "The No Longer Hungry Caterpillar" by Kodet in Minneapolis, MN won for using canned food ingredients which would make the best well balanced, healthy meal. 4,911 cans of veggies, beans, tuna, pasta and soup were used to create this 10' L x 10' W x 10' H structure.              

Honorable Mention Award: Entuitive in collaboration with PCL Construction and Parkin Architects. Titled “A Cup of Collaboration” is a well executed design by these 3 Toronto based firms. 3,950 cans (10'L x 10'W x 8'H) .       

People's Choice Award: Airport Authority Hong Kong. "Bathtime Fun" received the most Facebook Likes on Canstruction's National FB page. Built using 14,004 cans, the rubber ducky stands 10' H x 10' L x 8' W.

Most Cans Award: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. "The Mart Grand Stair" built with 16,000 full cans of food stands 10' H x 10' L x 10' W. This Chicago firm won for using the most cans in their structure which provided over 15,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry.

About Canstruction®

Canstruction® is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity which hosts competitions and exhibitions creating awe- inspiring giant structures made entirely out of full cans of food. Teams of design industry professionals including architects, engineers, and construction firms participate in Canstrucion competitions in over 150 cities around the world each year. Afterwards, all food is donated to local food banks. Since 1992, Canstruction has raised nearly 50 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations around the world with its signature, trademarked CanArt®. Canstruction is one of the largest internationally recognized food drives of its kind.


2016 Public Favorite
Seven Lakes High School (Katy ISD) / Gunda Corporation (Mentor)

2016 Benjamin Franklin Award Recipient
Donald Baumhardt
Pond Company

2016 Best Use of Labels
HOK/DPR Construction, site 19 at Lifetime Athletic

2016 Most Needed Items
Perkins + Will, site 3 at CITYCENTRE One

2016 Best Meal
Perkins + Will, site 3 at CITYCENTRE One

2016 Structural Ingenuity
Inventure Design/Scott + Reid, site 10 at CITYCENTRE Three

2016 Best Sign
Professional Philo Wilke Partnership, Wheel of Fortune located at the Houston Food Bank

2016 Juror’s Favorite, Professional
Professional Philo Wilke Partnership, Wheel of Fortune located at the Houston Food Bank

2016 Juror’s Favorite, High School
High School Booker T Washington, site 27 at The Lofts leasing office

2016 Honorable Mention 1
Kirksey/Turner Construction, site 15 at CITYCENTRE Five

2016 Honorable Mention 2
Cobb Fendley & Associates, site 5 at CITYCENTRE Two

2017 Great Day Houston

Carla Curtis-Galyean talks about CANstruction, a unique art exhibition that brings awareness to hunger in the Houston area. Volunteers, high school students, design professionals and more gather to compete and create structures made entirely of canned food.

Canstruction Houston: Helping Houston’s hungry one can at a time

ABC 13: Houston pride on full display at CANstruction

Danny Clemens
Saturday, November 05, 2016

From NASA spacecraft to Super Bowl 51, there's a lot of Houston pride on display at CityCentre this week, all in the form of sculptures crafted with canned food.

Using 100,000 donated cans (and a handful of small bags and boxes), local architects, engineers and construction firms pitched into 'CANstruct' two dozen sculptures that express the importance of making sure nobody goes hungry this holiday season.

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2017 Canstruction Committee

Thank you to our 2017 Canstruction Houston Sponsors, Teams, Mentors and Distinguished Jurors for your time and hard work. 

Carla Curtis-Galyean, b4 products

Debby Joiner, Thomas Printworks

Kate Fransioli

Missi Scott, Regis Property Management, LLC

Ocia Drake, United Protective Services

Olivia Simpson, Midway

Rhonda Holcomb, MCS Architects, LLC

Ronn Carabajal, CobbFendley

Gary Nguyen

Veronika Jackson, Midway

Yolanda Alexander, Houston Food Bank

Sean Crowl, Houston Food Bank