Canstruction Houston



​Canstruction Houston, Inc. is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization.

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"Most Food Donated to Food Banks 2019 Citywide Competitions"

Houston held its first Canstruction event in 1995

It grew quickly from a few professional teams to both a student and professional competition that raised more than 100,000 pounds of food.

After a brief hiatus in 2004, the competition restarted in 2005 and continues on the tradition with a dedicated Board of Directors and committee.

From 2005 through 2020, event donations have exceeded 1.4 million pounds of food plus $76,370 benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Canstruction Houston’s 2019 event is our largest event so far, donating 173,925 pounds of food to the Houston Food Bank. Canstruction Houston, Inc. is a non-profit, registered with the State of Texas.

In 2014, the Canstruction event continued under reorganization and maintained its non-profit status.

In 2015, Canstruction Houston, Inc. was established and is officially recognized as a 501(c)3, charitable organization.

In 2018, Canstruction Houston ranked #3 in “Most Food Donated to Food Banks” and then the following year ranked #1 for the same title. 

In 2020, Canstruction Houston adjusted their competition format due to safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams were encouraged to virtually submit sketches or 3D renderings of their proposed Can-Sculpture for judging. While many things looked different in 2020, the Houston community’s passion and support remained consistent. 


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Core Values

  • All firms, schools and sponsors will be recognized for their contributions.
  • All food and remaining team sponsor donations will go to the Houston Food Bank.
  • Competition will be held in accordance with the Charter of Canstruction, Inc.

Mission Statement

“To produce a unique competition and food drive where Houston area architects, engineers and construction firms and students build creative and ingenious Cansculptures with canned food and other non-perishable food items. All items are then donated to the Houston Food Bank to benefit the less fortunate throughout the greater Houston area.”

The Awards

The winner of this category is the structure containing the most cans.

Does this design involve a high level of difficulty? Does the structure appear gravity defying but stable?

Does the structure use ingredients that would create a balanced meal? Does it make for an appetizing meal?

Are the labels used to create details on the structure? Do the labels enhance the structure’s overall appearance?

The winner of this category is the most popular structure determined by receiving the most public votes.

Canstruction, Inc. is a national charity created by the Society for Design Administration.

For millions, each day begins and ends with the anguish of hunger. Canstruction, a charity sponsored by the design and construction industry, is determined to end this suffering. Canstruction is a design/build competition showcasing the talents of design and construction industry professionals and students they mentor.

At events held around the world, teams are given just nine hours to defy expectations, logic and gravity as they build fantastic Cansculptures from thousands of cans of food. Driven by the knowledge that their Cansculptures will change lives – by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by filling the shelves of local food banks – dedicated volunteers in a variety of categories bring their creations to life. During the next week, the super-sized masterpieces are judged in a variety of categories as these unconventional art exhibits are opened to the public, the cost of admission – just one can of food.

Canstruction uses one can as a catalyst for change.

One can to represent the building blocks of these massive can-sculptures. One can to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference.Through the generosity of volunteers, celebrity judges and members of the community, Canstruction has contributed millions of pounds of food to community food banks – demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger. One CAN make a difference. One CAN at a time.

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After The COmpetition

All Items Are Donated

To The Houston Food Bank