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Ronald Reagan National Airport Once Again Hosts our Annual Canstruction® Competition

Build-out night was Friday, November 13, a perfect time to help stock the shelves at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to families in need, in time for the holidays.

Canstruction is an international design competition that invites teams of architects to create structures using canned food. This is AIA Northern Virginia's 12th annual competition and each year we donate tens of thousands of cans, becoming one of the largest food drives for AFAC.

But before these whimsical works become meals, they will remain on display at Ronald Reagan National Airport until Saturday, November 21. Visit the Baggage Claim at Terminals B + C. And through Wednesday, vote for your favorite sculpture for the People's Choice


Friday, November 13Build-Out Night
5:00p-midnight, at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Terminals B+C, Level 1, Baggage Claim Area
Teams have seven hours to build. Structures become more visually interesting as the night progresses. Public and members of the press are invited.

Saturday, November 14Jury and Press Preview
9:00-10:00a, at Reagan National Airport, Terminals B+C, Level 1, Baggage Claim Area
Members of the press are invited to view and photograph the completed projects, and interview event organizers.

Saturday, November 21Last Day of Exhibit

Sunday, November 22De-Canstruction
All the food is donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

Thank you to our 2015 teams: And our 2015 Sponsors: With Special Thanks to: Organized by the American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter (AIA Northern Virginia) and the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Northern Virginia's 12th 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 Arlington families will benefit from thousands of donated cans.

Thank you to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for allowing us to display our structures.

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.

A limited number of Canstruction Competition Sponsorships are available.

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