CanstructionDC 2015 

Theme: Transportation
Dates: November 22 - November 30, 2015
Location: National Building Museum


Twenty-four teams from architecture and design firms from Washington, DC will use their skills to build sculptures out of cans of food. This year's transportation-themed sculptures collected a total of 68,313 pounds of food plus $5,070 in “votes” for the Capital Area Food Bank. That totals 69,600 meals, 27,600 more meals than in 2014!

CanstructionDC 2015 begans with the Build-Out on Sunday, November 22, where our 24 teams had six hours to construct their imaginative sculptures, and ended on Monday, November 30, with the Awards announcements and deCANstruction. This year we encouraged visitors to stop by the National Building Museum on Friday, November 27 to view the sculpures and vote for their favorite one by bringing a canned good donation on Black Friday as an alternative to the excesses of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving!

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners:

Juror’s Favorite/Best in Show
CAN-estoga Wagon – Grimm + Parker Architects

Structural Ingenuity
Dulles: 2 Pringles to Paradise – KCCT

Best Use of Labels
OutSMARTing Hunger – YCF The Young Constructors Forum of Associated General Contractors of Metro DC

Best Meal
Ameri-CAN Bistro – WDG Architecture

Best Expression of the Theme
CAN-nook Chopper to the Rescue – AECOM

Honorable Mention/Most Elegant Solution
Can2Go: Driving Hunger Out of DC! – Barnes Vanze Architects

Honorable Mention/The Crowd Pleaser
The Mayflower: Voyage to End Hunger – HARTMAN-COX ARCHITECTS

Most Cans
Inter-Goya-lactic – Associated Builders and Contractors Metro Washington Student Chapter

People’s Choice Award
The Mystery Machine & the Capital Area Food Bank Phantom – Hickok Cole Architects / Ehlert Bryan

Speedy Award/The Team to Finish Building First
The Flux CANpacitor – SmithGroupJJR and DPR Construction

See photos of all of the sculptures on our Facebook album.

Sponsored by: Bank of America Small Business, Erin Kelleher Photography, Grunley Construction Company, Inc., National Building Museum, NCARB, NRI, Safeway, TW Perry



This nationwide program, which is organized in DC by the Washington Architectural Foundation, challenges teams of architecture, construction, and engineering professionals to interpret a theme using stacked canned goods.

Canstruction not only provides nutritious food to the Capital Area Food Bank but also raises awareness about hunger in Washington, DC. Last year, Canstruction teams donated about 56,000 pounds of food and an additional $8,000 cash from People’s Choice votes. The donations were the equivalent of about 42,000 meals.

CanstructionDC 2015 Call for Entries is closed.
Click here to view images from CanstructionDC 2014
Click here for a full description of each Canstruction

Canstruction is an international trademarked competition held under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration. For more information visit