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

Public encouraged to vote for the People's Choice Award and donate to the Hawaii Foodbank

On August 5 and 6, five teams of local architects and allied design and engineering professionals put their building skills to the test as they creatively “Canstruct” structures – each made entirely of canned food. 

This year, each team received 500 Vienna sausage cans and 60 minutes to build their mini masterpieces. Teams worked one at a time, over two days.

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


Vote for Your Favorite Structure & Donate to the Hawaii FoodBank


View completed structures and vote for our People’s Choice ($1 = 1 vote) until Aug. 28, 2020.


Click on each company name below, to view their video and VOTE before Aug. 28!

  1. Bowers + Kubota & Belt Collins  or Text “BKBC” to 71777
  2. Ferraro Choi & Nordic PCL or Text “FCNPCL” to 71777
  3. G70 or Text “G70” to 71777
  4. HDR or Text “HDR” to 71777
  5. Swinerton Builders or Text “Swinerton” to 71777

All the money will be donated to the Hawaii Foodbank where $10 helps to provide food for 25 meals to those in need. Now more than ever the Hawaii Foodbank needs donations – cans or cash.  Since its inception, AIA Honolulu’s Canstruction event has gathered and donated 402,571 pounds of canned goods – enough food to make 316,985 meals.

RMA Architects Inc. President and former AIA Hawaii State Council President Brent Tokita, AIA, LEED AP, 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 Teams, Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors!

A BIG Mahalo to our dedicated and hardworking Canstruction Committee and volunteers!  Also, thank you to our 5 very creative teams: Bowers + Kubota & Belt Collins Hawaii, Ferraro Choi & Nordic PCL, G70, HDR, and Swinerton Builders.  Last but not least, we could never have done it without our amazing sponsors and donors.

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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