Saturday, December 8, 2012

1st Annual Eugene Gingerbread Competition

Design|Spring's(1) first annual Gingerbread Competition & Silent Auction is going to be amazing—especially if you participate by making one of the submitted gingerbread house creations! The contest display and auction will be at the FifthStreet Public Market from 10 am–8 pm on Saturday, December 15. 

AIA-Southwestern Oregon or CSI Willamette Valley chapter members can enter a gingerbread creation into the Professional Category, vote for their favorite entry, buy a house during the silent auction, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. The Professional Category is for teams or individuals that include architects, landscape architects, bakers, contractors, or designers. Entry forms are due on Monday, December 10, so don’t wait and sign up now! You can find all the details at All submissions must be complete when they arrive.

The members of Design|Spring who organized the event hope it will foster design thinking, encourage people to interact with architecture in a fun way, and celebrate the role great architecture and design play in creating a sweet place to live! 

Here’s the event schedule: 

10:00-11:00      Entry drop off
10:30-12:00      Official Judging
10:00-5:00        Open viewing, People’s Choice voting
5:00-6:00          Announcement of award winners
5:00-7:00          Silent auction
7:00-8:00          Auction announcement and wrap up

Design|Spring has received a lot of support from the local community, with prizes from Smith Family Bookstore, David Minor Theater, Modern, Urban Lumber, Crumb Together, Voodoo Donuts, Prince Pucklers, the Green Store, as well as food and drink from Provisions, McKenzie Brewing/Steelhead, and The Kiva, with a special display from King Estate Winery. Architects Rob Thallon and Will Dixon (AIA-SWO president-elect), and Catherine Reinhart of Sweet Life Bakery will be the members of the contest jury.

The silent auction is a benefit for Design|Spring. Money raised will be devoted to the group’s efforts to assist the next generation of architects and designers with their professional development, and fund its various community-focused activities. Design|Spring will donate any funds raised in excess of its $750 goal to organizations working to end hunger and homelessness in our community.

(1) Design|Spring helps students of architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering develop into professionals. The group represents the next generation of designers working toward an excellent built environment in our community. Design|Spring is a part of the American Institute of Architects-Southwestern Oregon chapter (AIA-SWO), and works in collaboration with Architects Building Community (ABC).

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