VLK Architects and Bridgeland High School CANstruction® Houston Team Takes Home Three Awards at the 25th Annual Competition and Exhibition

(Houston, Texas) – On November 6th, the VLK Architects employees participated as the Professional Mentor to Bridgeland High School students of Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District for the 25th Annual CANstruction® Houston Competition and Exhibition. The team received three awards for their structure, the People’s Choice Award, the Award for Most Cans, and the Award for Best Meal.

CANstruction, Inc.® was founded in 1992 and now has competitions in 200 participating cities. Professionals from the architecture, engineering, and construction industries team up to showcase the talents of design and construction industry professionals and students they mentor in this annual event. All proceeds are donated to benefit the Houston Area Food Bank (HAFB).

“Stop Hunger” was the 2021 competition’s overall theme, and “Good Night Hunger” was the theme of the VLK Architects and Bridgeland HS team’s structure. They used over 6,900 taco-inspired canned food items to feature the story behind Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Starry Night. The team members found Van Gogh inspiring due to his ability to look past his hospital room’s barred windows to see the true beauty of the night sky.

“Couldn’t be prouder of Bridgeland High School for all their hard work,” said Krista Thomas, captain of the VLK Architects/Bridgeland HS team. “The students helped by solving some design challenges and also helped collaborate ideas to make our CANsculpture come to life. We are ecstatic to have been able to help the Houston Food Bank. We hope that through this event, we can impact the lives of those in our surrounding community.”

The competition had sixteen team structures on display at Understory in downtown Houston from November 7-13th. The awards were announced on November 15th. Every canned food item used in this competition was donated to the Houston Area Food Bank. VLK Architects and Bridgeland High School would like to extend a special thank you to the 2021 team sponsors, Griesenbeck, Kroger, Acme Brick, and Bridgeland™.


About VLK Architects:
With offices throughout Texas, VLK Architects provides architecture, planning, and interior design services to automotive, K-12, higher education, corporate, and institutional clients throughout Texas. For more information, please visit our website: www.vlkarchitects.com or contact 817-344-0344 or tbartley@vlkarchitects.com.
About CANstruction®: CANstruction® is a unique international nonprofit organization that hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations are displayed to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the viewing, all food is donated to local food banks. For more information, please visit their website: https://www.canstruction.org.