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Canstruction® 2019
October 4 - October 12, 2019
at Dulles International Airport


Last October local architects built a series of incredible structures at Dulles International Airport in less than seven hours!

The remarkable pace of construction is owed to the fact that the installations were constructed entirely of canned foods. After staying open for a public viewing period, the structures were de-Canstructed and donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to families in need.

A Pepper for All the People

Maginniss + del Ninno Architects - A Pepper for All the People
Best Meal at the 2018 AIA Northern Virginia Competition
2nd place Best Meal category in the 2018 International Canstruction Competition
Photograph © J. D. Boswell


Hunger: Together we Can Crack This Nut

HGA - Hunger: Together We Can Crack This Nut!
Best Original Design at the 2018 AIA Northern Virginia Competition
5th place Best Original Design category in the 2018 International Canstruction Competition
Photograph © John A. Burns, FAIA


During our 15 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.

Thank you to Dulles Airport for supporting Canstruction and welcoming us to build in their terminal.

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.