2020 Canstruction® Competition
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It CAN be done! Despite Covid19!
The 15th Annual Canstruction® Competition

Six teams will each build separately at AIA Honolulu’s Center for Architecture, to construct structures built from 500 Vienna Sausage cans to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank. Public encouraged to vote for the People's Choice Award and donate to the Hawaii Foodbank.

On August 5 and 6, six teams of local architects and allied design and engineering professionals will put their building skills to the test as they creatively “Canstruct” structures – each made entirely of canned food. This year, each team will receive 500 Vienna sausage cans and 60 minutes to build their mini masterpieces. Teams will work one at a time, over two days.

These two build days are NOT open to the public. We will instead film the event, add it to our website and have the public donate while voting for our People's Choice Award Aug 17-28 (see below).

Theme:   Meals for our community, One Can at a Time, is the Gold standard for Giving!

This year’s competition honors the Can-do attitude of AIA Honolulu’s CANstruction teams that possess the “golden touch” along Kahala Mall’s 50th (Golden) Anniversary year. Hunger affects thousands around the entire island.  Structures made entirely of can foods to donate to the Hawaii Foodbank will be a gold rush of creativity and a shining example of imagination leading the community service event towards that pot at the end of the rainbow.

Vote for Your Favorite Structure & Donate to the Hawaii FoodBank


Completed structures will be filmed and loaded on AIA Honolulu's donation page. We encourage the public to view the structures and vote for their favorites between August 17-28. The winner will receive our 2020 People's Choice Award.


The money will go directly to the Hawaii Foodbank where $10 provides 25 meals to those in need and the goal is to raise $20,000 for the Hawaii Foodbank.  Now more than ever the Hawaii Foodbank needs donations – cans or cash.

RMA Architects Inc. President and former AIA Hawaii State Council President Brent Tokita, AIA, LEED AP, has kicked off this drive with a $10,000 match to all the funds raised by AIA Honolulu and those who vote in the People’s Choice competition.

“RMA is committed to building a better community whether through design or more direct actions,” said RMA Architect President Brent Tokita, AIA, LEED AP. “We are very fortunate to have been spared much of the anguish and uncertainty that has impacted our friends and neighbors.  We hope this donation will serve as a foundation for the AIA to build upon and show that we are all thankful for the sacrifices our community is making for the greater good.” 

Mahalo Canstruction Teams: 

Over the past 14 years, Canstruction® has raised 402,571 pounds of critical canned food for the Hawaii Foodbank – enough for 316,985 meals for the hungry in our community.  Each year, the Hawaii Foodbank and its network provide food assistance to one in eight island residents, including nearly 54,000 keiki.

View Images from Past Winners & Entrants

View past winners & entrants from our 1st - 14th 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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