For most of us, doghouses are pretty simple things. Not so for the finest minds in Houston architecture during Barkitecture. Since 2009, professional builders, architects and design teams have constructed one-of-a-kind shelters to be auctioned off for charity. Last year FKP Architects, known for their award-winning hospitals, took home the Best in Show with an elegant Japanese-style, dark-wood, sheltered porch that featured its own bathing pool. That's what the judges liked, though the kids favored Robynn Sanders's more conventional hutch design emblazoned with lighthearted pro-dog wooden signs such as Every Dog Has Its Day and Pick of the Litter. All the proceeds from the auction go to Pup Squad, a rescue organization that works to save very young puppies from the hazards of standard shelter environments. You can see the doghouse displays during Yappy Hour 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and again during the silent auction noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Fri., Oct. 26, 5-9 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27, 12-5 p.m., 2012