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Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition

  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Golden Bucket (1st Place), Kirksey + Metzger  - Smurf and Turf
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Silver Shovel (2nd Place), Gensler + Harvey - Return of the Crawfish!
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  • Gensler + Harvey's sandcastle design was inspired by Houston’s street art scene.
  • Gensler + Harvey wanted to focus the conversation of graffiti as an form that should be celebrated.
  • Gensler + Harvey collaborated with Houston muralist Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau
  • Gensler has participated in the AIA Sandcastle Competition every year since its inception 31 years ago.
  • Bronze Shovel (3rd Place), Ziegler Cooper Architects - Quest for the Holy Pail
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Tallest Standing Structure, Kirksey + Metzger - Smurf and Turf
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Best Architectural Icon, Freese and Nichols, Inc - Mayan Pyramids
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Best Science Fiction, HKS with DPR Construction - Crash Sanding
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Best Traditional Castle, Kirksey + Metzger - Smurf and Turf
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Photo courtesy of AIA Houston
  • The Sydney LeNoir Public Favorite, ASCE Houston - Bowser's Beach Bash!
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Houston-Centric, Gensler + Harvey - Return of the Crawfish!
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Honorable Mention (4th Place), Pfluger Flintco - Clash of the Icons
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Honorable Mention (5th Place),  Page - 'Tis the Sea-Sun
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Honorable Mention (6th Place), HKS with DPR Construction - Crash Sanding
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Honorable Mention (6th Place), HKS with DPR Construction - Crash Sanding
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Best Team Signage, Browne McGregor Architects - Houston We Have A Sculpture
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Best Team T-Shirt, Page - Tis the Sea-Sun
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Best Sports, VLK Architects - Pirates of the Superbowl
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Annual AIA College Challenge, AIAS PVAMU - Richard Meier - Barcelona I "LIGHT"
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  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Kidtastic! LEGO Edition, Perkins + Will / HOAR Construction - The Truth About Legos
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
  • Smurfs and Crawfish Take Home the Win in 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
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Photo courtesy of AIA Houston
Big winners at the 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition on Galveston's East Beach included a triple-win by Kirksey + Metzger for Smurf and Turf which took home the Golden Bucket 1st place win, the tallest standing structure and best traditional castle; plus a double-win by Gensler + Harvey for Return of the Crawfish! which netted the Silver Shovel 2nd place win and most Houston-Centric category.
The not-too-shabby Bronze Shovel 3rd place win went to Ziegler Cooper Architects for Quest for the Holy Pail. The annual competition is a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation and serves as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. For more information, visit aiahouston.org/v/site-home/AIA-Sandcastle/3m.
Photos courtesy of AIA Houston; additional photos courtesy of Gensler.