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2018 Canstruction® Competition

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13th Annual Canstruction® Winners & Entrants

On Saturday, October 6 at Pearlridge Center - Uptown, for the 13th year, competing teams lead by architects, builders and engineering professionals, showcased their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods.  This years theme was “Comic-CAN."  View Canstruction Images on Facebook.

A Kids Can Corner structure was also created with the assistance of hundreds of island keiki who brought at least five cans of food as a donation to the Hawaii Foodbank.

Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people.  The 2018 AIA Honolulu Canstruction competition collected 17,763 lbs of canned food that was delivered to the Hawaii FoodBank after De-Canstruction.  Since the first Canstruction® competition on Oahu in 2006, AIA Honolulu has raised 368,893 pounds of needed canned food for the Hawaii Foodbank to help feed the hungry in Hawaii.

Mahalo to our 2018 Judges

Chris Hong, AIA, 2017 AIA Honolulu past President, Purnima McCutcheon, AIA, incoming 2019 AIA Honolulu Vice President and Marisa Yamane, Anchor/Journalist with KHON-TV.  After a blind judging Saturday afternoon, architects and Canstruction® co-chairs Reid Mizue and AIA; Elyse Takashige, AIA announced the following honors.

2018 Canstruction® Award Recipients & Distinguished Entrants

“Dragon Ball “C”
by HDR

"Norman Osborn v. Green Goblin"


"Poppin’ the Lid Off of Hunger"
by Bowers + Kubota Consulting

by AECOM & Hensel Phelps


by Hawaii Keiki's

"X-Can - Slaying Hunger!"
by Coffman Engineers

"Snoopy Turns Into The Hulk"
by G70 & Swinerton

"Snorlax Uses Hyper Bean
It's Super Effective!"
by WSP

Mahalo Keiki Sponsor!

View Images from Past Winners & Entrants

View past winners & entrants from our 1st - 12th Canstruction® Competitions.

Canstruction®  is Trademarked by the Society for Design Administration

What is Canstruction? Competing teams, lead by architecture firms, allied designers and engineering and construction professionals will design and build structures by using canned goods and other non-perishable foods.

Structures, ranging in size from 1,000 to 13,000 cans, are created by stacking a variety of can sizes and shapes using the product labels as the color pallete. Structurally self-supporting, the only other materials to be used are 1/4inch leveling, cardboard, tape, rubber bands and wire. At the close of the exhibitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Hawaii Foodbank.

Canstruction®  is a national community service program trademarked and created by the Society for Design Administration (SDA) on behalf of the design and construction industry.   The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Honolulu Chapter, working in tandem with the other members of the design and construction industry presents the annual Canstruction® competition in Hawaii. 

Canstruction® is a design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America. Click here to visit the official Canstruction® web site hosted by SDA and view photos of other cities' winners.

Media Requests

Photos of the AIA Honolulu Canstruction® competion are available for media purposes by contacting Jacy L. Youn, EVP, AIA Honolulu.


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