AIA-Newark Suburban 20th Annual ‘CANstruction’ Design and Build Competition

October 11, 2018

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AIA-NS 20th Annual ‘CANstruction’ Design and Build Competition

AIA NS Architects event supporting the

Community Food Bank of New Jersey to be held at Morris Museum


(Morristown, NJ) – The Newark and Suburban Section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announces that CANstruction’s annual design exhibition to benefit local food bank programs will be on display from October 27, 2018 through November 7th, 2018 at the Morris Museum, in Morristown, New Jersey.

The event is part of a national program that calls upon teams of architects and design professionals to envision and build creative structures made entirely of canned food. The CANstruction theme for this year is “Favorite Video Games”.  This is a chance for the teams to share and remember their best and preferred games and show off their creativity and awe-inspiring sculptures in a fun and rewarding challenge.

The inventive structures will be built on Friday, October 26, 2018, in an 8 hour “hands-on” build day and will remain on display until Wednesday, November 7, 2018.  The design, construction ability and creativity for all teams will be recognized and acknowledged in an award ceremony for competition in various categories such as Honorable Mention, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Best Original Design, People’s Choice and Most Cans Used. Once the structures are ‘deconstructed’ the cans are donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) for distribution to various community food bank programs.

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is a member of ‘Feeding America’, a nationwide network of over 200 food banks, which has been fighting poverty and hunger for over 30 years, distributing almost 45 million pounds of food annually, reaching more than one million hungry New Jersey residents.  The distribution recipients include pantries, soup kitchens, programs for children and the elderly and shelters.  Last year’s event was able to contribute 18,291 lbs. of food and a monetary contribution of $10,100 with the help of the participants and all generous sponsors. This year’s event will also invite the public to donate cans at the sculpture location.  A collection point will be located near the sculptures inviting guests to leave canned food donations during their visit. Do not miss the chance to come and visit this great exhibition of design and creativity from local and talented design professionals with a noble cause of fighting hunger and in help of communities in need.

About AIA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public’s need needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society.  The organization was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.  It’s 300 plus local chapters represent over 88,000 licensed architects and associated professionals.  AIA New Jersey, based in Trenton, is the state chapter of which the Newark Suburban Section is one of six local sections.  For more information, please visit

About Canstruction, Inc.

Canstruction, Inc. is a non-profit organization that coordinates annual design and build competitions in a way that combines the creative thinking of the design and construction industry with a community service initiative.  This international community service project bases its service on the construction of structures made entirely out of canned food, raising awareness about hunger to show how “one CAN make a difference.”  Working in tandem with AIA and other members of the design and construction industry, Canstruction has become one of the largest contributors to food banks in the world.  Recognized for their commitment to art, innovation, and hunger relief, CANstruction events have raised over 40 million pounds of food to local food banks since 1992. To learn more about Canstruction, please visit

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based art and cultural institution serving the public through its exhibitions in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The Museum is home to the historic and internationally-significant  Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata. Changing exhibits of contemporary content also explore the Guinness themes of art, sound, and motion. The adjacent Bickford Theatre is the museum’s 312-seat performing-arts facility, offering unique programming, often related to the museum’s exhibition themes. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has a proud tradition of innovative educational programs and family events. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location and Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students, and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit

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All photos from CANstruction Build 2017 at the Morris Museum.  Photos Courtesy of AIA-NS.


Victor Angulo
Associate AIANS (American Institute of Architects Newark and Suburban Section )

Amiet Goldman

Morris Museum


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