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ArCH Announces 2019 Gingerbread Build-Off Winners

Winning gingerbread creations included out-of-this-world space themes, the Griswold house from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Gru’s house from Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Download winners list and images. Credit Rhonda Lowe

HOUSTON, December 17 --  On Saturday, December 7, 28 teams gathered around the reflecting pool at City Hall’s Hermann Square in Downtown Houston to compete in Architecture Center Houston’s (ArCH) 11th annual Gingerbread Build-Off

Over 3,000 spectators watched as teams meticulously crafted epic, gingerbread houses and themed structures made entirely of 100% edible building materials. Attendees enjoyed selfies with Santa and families created their own miniature gingerbread houses in the Kid’s Construction Zone. 

The entries represented a variety of themes ranging from classic traditional holiday, non-holiday, Houston-centric landmarks, fairy tales, pop culture movie references and out-of-this-world space themes (a special competition category this year in honor of the Apollo moon landing).

2019 Judges:

  • Catherine Anspon (PaperCity Magazine)
  • Karen Brasier (Architecture Center Houston Board of Directors)
  • Council Member Robert Gallegos
  • Robert Jucker (Three Brothers Bakery)
  • Felice Sloan (Swanky Maven)

The coveted “Grand Prix de Show” award went to Jackson Ryan & Associates for “Gru’s house of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and “Public Favorite” went to Corgan for a winter ski scene.

Compost bins were onsite for composting the event’s food waste. 

2019 Winners:

  • Grand Prix de Show – Jackson & Ryan Architects – Inspired by the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem’s Gru’s house
  • 1st Runner Up – VLK Architects - Inspired by the Griswold house in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • 2nd Runner Up – LUCID + Common Bond Bakery - A classic bakery during the holidays
  • Best Gingerbread in Space – PDR - A Gingertect in Space
  • Best Houston-Centric – GLMV Architects - Drawing from Houston themes – Space City and the Be Someone Bridge
  • Best Holiday Themed – VLK Architects - Inspired by the Griswold house in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Best Non-Holiday Themed – Page/  - “Turn the page” drawing from fairy tales – Frozen, Cinderella, Rapunzel
  • Most Creative Interpretation of Materials – Method Architecture - Harry Potter: A Quidditch Match
  • Tallest Standing Structure – Element Architects - A Santa Space Launch
  • High School Challenge Winner – Galveston Ball High School - Ad Astra Per Aspera (through hardships to the stars)
  • Public Favorite – Corgan – Winter Ski Scene

Architecture Center Houston wishes to recognize and thank the following event sponsors for their generosity:

  • Active Industrial Fire Protection LLC
  • AOS Engineering
  • ARC/Riot
  • City of Houston Green Building Resource Center
  • City of Houston Reuse Warehouse
  • Digital Vacation Quest
  • Greystar
  • GSD Construction
  • John Daugherty Realty
  • LASIK Vision
  • PoggenPohl
  • Renewal By Andersen
  • Richard Ray of John Daugherty Realtors
  • State Farm
  • Thomas Printworks
  • Three Brothers Bakery of Houston

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About Architecture Center Houston (ArCH)

Architecture Center Houston Foundation (ArCH) is a nonprofit education organization designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 corporation. The mission of ArCH is to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the ways in which architecture, design and urban planning influence and enhance the quality of life in our community. ArCH is the only dedicated venue in the city for the public and both Houston residents and tourists to learn about architecture and design in general and the built environment of greater Houston. ArCH provides education on the benefits of good design and advocates for communities’ engagement in creating well-designed environments that support their needs and aspirations. ArCH programs are funded in part by the Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston.

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Download winners list and images. Credit Rhonda Lowe

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