VLK Wins Tallest Structure at 12th Annual AIA Gingerbread Build-Off

(Houston, Texas) - On December 11th, VLK Architects competed in the 12th Annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Gingerbread Build-Off. The Houston team received the Tallest Structure Award for their “A Charlie Brown Christmas” gingerbread house, which measured 31 inches tall.

“Each year, there is great anticipation for this event. Months before registration is open, there’s always chatter of what we will build next,” said Krista Thomas, VLK’s team captain. “Through teamwork and a bit of concentration, this event allows our creative juices to flow and allows us to explore new mediums of design. The build can be daunting to those who are new to edible materials such as Fondant and buttercream, but luckily we have a vast talent pool.”

Close-up of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” gingerbread house
Close-up of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” gingerbread house
VLK's “A Charlie Brown Christmas” gingerbread house
VLK's “A Charlie Brown Christmas” gingerbread house

VLK’s gingerbread house consisted of 20 sheets of Rice Krispies, ten sheets of gingerbread, 15 pounds of Fondant, and over 50 pounds of buttercream. Everything on the structure, other than the LED lights, was edible. The Houston team members included: Dalane Bouillion, Kathy Brown, Michelle Gallup, Robin Howard, Ken Hutchens, Sydney McMaken, Lynn Rabatsky, Myriam Tinoco, Vianna Olivas, and Krista Thomas.

Houston Team Captain, Krista Thomas, adding final touches
Houston Team Captain, Krista Thomas, adding final touches
About VLK Architects: With offices throughout Texas, VLK Architects provides architecture, planning, and interior design services to automotive, K-12, higher education, corporate, commercial, and institutional clients throughout Texas. For more information, please visit our website: www.vlkarchitects.com or contact 817-344-0344 or [email protected].
About the AIA Houston Gingerbread Build-Off: Houston-area AEC teams compete in this gingerbread competition and create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials. For more information, please visit their website: https://aiahouston.org/v/news-detail/See-the-12th-Annual-Gingerbread-Build-Off-Winners-/ee/.