The AIA Brazos Emerging Professionals’ Committee, along with the Texas A&M American Institute of Architects’ Student Chapter (AIAS), is thrilled to introduce our inaugural “AIA Brazos Gingerbread Build Off.”
This one-day, holiday event will allow local building-industry, design, and creative professionals to show off their confectionary skills while promoting community engagment and raising funds in support of education. Teams will race to complete construction of their designs onsite before the judges choose their favourites in four categories (Best Iconic Architecture, Best Aggie-Centric, Best Holiday-Themed, Tallest Standing Structure) during the afternoon. Residents and visitors are invited to watch the progress, take their kids by the Kids Build Area to construct their own sugary creations, engage with team members to learn more about the designs, and vote for their choice in the People's Favorite category.
We hope you will join us! Please read more about our beneficiaries and opportunities for involvement below. We will also be posting updates through the AIA Brazos social media pages and to the Facebook event page.
Architecture in Schools // This program introduces Architecture to elementary school students in the Brazos Valley. Students are asked to play “Architect” over an eight-week period, laying out a community plan, designing a building, and incorporating sustainable aspects learned in the lessons. Students also grasp concepts such as problem solving, critical thinking skills, and spacial awareness, which reach far beyond the architecture profession and will benefit their educational goals no matter their field of study.
AIAS Leadership Scholarship // Texas A&M AIAS members are the future of our profession and the future designers of our communities. Engaging them in the profession early in their path to licensure and showing them the impact they can have on society through their careers helps encourage them to remain stewards of architecture. The AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference grant gives one of those students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and see how activism within architecture is beneficial to us all.
AIA Brazos Emerging Professionals // Emerging Professionals are those in the architecture profession seeking licensure or who are recently licensed. To engage our young and aspiring members, further their careers, and develop future leaders in our profession and community we will provide a scholarship to attend the Texas Society of Architects 2020 Design Expo and Conference. This annual event allows architects from across the state to connect, learn about the latest developments in architecture, and reinvigorate their passion of building strong communities.
SPONSORSHIP + REGISTRATION
This event is only possible with the generosity of our sponsors (listed below). They provide the funds, services, and materials required to put on the event and contribute to the amounts raised for our beneficiaries. If you would like to become a sponsor, we would very much appreciate your support. Please download a sponsorship packet or contact our sponsorship coordinators, Mildred Trevino, Assoc, AIA, and Eric Operman, AIA, to learn more about the opportunities and benefits available.
To guarantee inclusion of your infomation on event materials, please turn in your sponsorship form by 1 October 2019.
Teams will develop their original designs in the months leading up to the event and construct them on site, in view of the public, on the day of. No pre-fab elements permitted! A team of expert judges will critique the final creations and announce the winners at the conclusion of the event.
Early registration (including free extra materials) ends on 1 October 2019. Final registration deadline is 1 Novemer 2019.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and families to enjoy the festive atmosphere, let the youngest members of your party build a gingerbread house of their own in the Kids Build Area, and see the amazing talents of this community's design and construction professionals. Stop by for an hour or come for the whole day!
Sunday parking is free at Century Square and the competition field will be located in the heart of their restaurant offerings.
09:00A Team Check-in
10:00A Build Off Begins
03:00P Build Ends/Cleanup Begins
03:30P Judging Begins
04:30P Winners Announced