What is Canstruction?

   Canstruction® is the most unique food charity in the world!

Canstruction® is owned by the Society for Design Administration and is a Trademarked design/build competition currently held in cities throughout the United States, Canada, Columbia, Australia, and New Zealand. Since its inception in 1992, more than 82 million pounds of food has been donated to aid in the fight against hunger.

Canstruction® combines the fun of a design/build competition with an ingenious way to help feed hungry people. Local prominent architectural, engineering, planning, and design firms, and students mentored by these professionals create phenomenal structures built entirely out of canned food. The structures go on view to the public at South Coast Plaza, ARTIC and John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa each year throughout the month of September. At the close of the exhibition, all of the canned food used in these structures is donated to the Orange County Food Bank, for distribution to shelters, soup kitchens, and other emergency feeding programs.

Industry professional associations that have partnered with the SDA in organizing this local competition include the American Institute of Architects and the Festival of Children Foundation.

For more information on this organization, please visit the following websites:




Chapter Board and Committees

SDA committee service is your opportunity to learn more about the operations of SDA, connect with other local visionary, dynamic members and gain the experience needed to seek future leadership positions within SDA. Committee participation is open to all members.

The following chapter committees are accepting new members:

  • Bylaws
  • Certification
  • Education/Programs
  • Historical
  • Membership
  • Publications
  • Social Media/Website
  • Sponsorship

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National Committees

Serving on an SDA National Committee is a valuable opportunity for you to showcase your leadership skills while you develop and implement SDA Initiatives that directly impact design firm administrators and managers.

The following national committees are currently accepting new members:

  • Awards Committee
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Certification Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Education Services Committee (ESC)
  • Membership Committee

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National Executive Committee

Thinking of joining the Executive Committee? There are required criteria needed:

  • Be a Member in Good Standing
  • Served on a National SDA Committee
  • Served on the Board of a Professional Organization
  • Attended an SDA Annual Meeting or National Convention (EDSymposium)

Role descriptions, responsibilities, time and financial commitment for each position on ExCom can be found on the National Website.