8th Gingerbread Design Competition + Exhibition raises $8,200 for community design
More than 2,000 visitors see World Monuments built from Gingerbread (and other sweet things) while supporting community design.
Fifteen spectacular Gingerbread world monuments—from the Eiffel Tower to the Game of Thrones Wall to the Las Vegas Strip—Inhabited BSA Space this holiday season
Now in its eighth year, the Gingerbread Design Competition is a fun and tasty way to highlight the delicious talents of Boston architecture and landscape architecture firms, to challenge those designers to explore a new medium, and to raise funds for community design.
Visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite designs by making donations of any amount.
Representing diverse expertise with architecture and/or pastry dough, our judges carefully considered each of the architectural follies before rendering their decisions. We are grateful to this year's standard-bearers:
- Matthew Dickey
Communications and Operations Manager of the Boston Preservation Alliance
- Maura Kilpatrick
Executive Pastry Chef/Owner of Sofra Bakery and Café
- Courtney Sharpe
Director of Cultural Planning for the City of Boston.
Winners and prizes
- MOST AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED OVERALL
Golden Spoon recipient and MVG*
Finegold Alexander: Gingerella’s Confectionary Castle
*Most valued gingerbread
- MOST AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED BY DECEMBER 10
Golden Whisk recipient
Array Architects: Liberty and Christmas for All
- MOST VOTES
Golden Spatula recipient
Finegold Alexander’s: Gingerella’s Confectionary Castle
- JUDGES CHOICE
Golden Rolling Pin winner
Prellwitz Chilinski Associates’ God Save the Gumdrops
- MOST LIKELY TO BE EATEN BY THE JUDGES/BEST SMELLING
Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture: The Pioneer Cabin Tree
- BEST DRAGON
LDa Architecture and Interiors: Festivities in the Forbidden City
- BEST USE OF RAW MATERIALS ON A RAW BUILDING
OverUnder: Paul Rudolph's Government Service Building
- BEST GINGERBREAD NOT USING ANY ACTUAL GINGERGREAD
designLab Architects: The Wall (Game of Thrones)
The voting ended at midnight on December 31, 2019. More than 96 donations and $8,200 was raised to support BSA community design initiatives.
This good fun supports serious work. The BSA’s community design programs provide design assistance to neighborhoods and community organizations typically under-served by design, and works to bring neighborhood voices into larger design and planning processes. In the recent past, the BSA Foundation has been involved in projects in Roslindale, East Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan, working on issues from climate resiliency to healthy schoolyards to affordable neighborhood housing.
All participating firms (in alphabetical order):
Array Architects, designLab Architects, Finegold Alexander, Form + Place, HLB Lighting Design, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, LDa Architecture & Interiors, OverUnder, Perkins Eastman, Phase Zero Design, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, P M Group, Slocum Hall Design Group, Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture, The Architectural Team