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Clash of the castles

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AUSTIN - The sands of time did not stop association members from competing in a childhood favorite activity. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston chapter hosted members across Texas for the 31st Annual AIA SandCastle Competition on June 3 at Galveston East Beach.




Fifty-eight teams competed to win different awards and spend a day at the beach with fellow members, putting together masterpieces of sand. Kirksey + Metzger pulled off a three-peat, winning its third consecutive first place Golden Bucket.–cs


Golden Bucket: Kirksey + Metzger – Surf and Turf
Silver Shovel:
Gensler + Harvey – Return of the Crawfish
Bronze Shovel: Ziegler Cooper Architects – Quest for the Holy Pail
Fourth Place:
Pfluger Flintco – Clash of the Icons
Fifth Place: Page –’Tis the Sea-sun
Sixth Place: HKS with DPR Construction – Crash Sanding
Annual AIA College Challenger: Richard Meier – Barcelona I “LIGHT”
Best Team Signage: Browne McGregor Architects – Houston, We Have A Sculpture
Best Team T-Shirt: Page – ’Tis the Sea-Sun
Best Costume: Philowilke Partnership – 5th Element
The Sydney LeNoir Public Favorite: ASCE Houston – Bowser’s Beach Bash!
Tallest Standing Structure: Kirksey + Metzger – Smurf and Turf
Best Sports: VLK Architects – Pirates of the Super Bowl
Best Science Fiction: HKS with DPR Construction – Crash Sanding
Houston-Centric: Gensler + Harvey – Return of the Crawfish!
Kidtastic! Lego Edition: Perkins + Will/HOAR Construction –The Truth About Legos
Best Traditional Castle: Kirksey + Metzger – Smurf and Turf
Best Architectural Icon: Freese and Nichols, Inc. – Mayan Pyramids

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Chris Schoonover chris@constructionnews.net