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Gingerbread Competition + Charity Auction 2009


Last year we challenged some of Vancouver's top Architects and Designers to reinvision the traditional typology of the gingerbread house. The competition was a candy-filled homage to The Case Study House Program organized by Arts and Architecture Magazine from 1945 to 1964. We asked the entrants to do away with ubiquitous veneer of jujubes and smarties in an effort to re-interpret the gingerbread house within a modern context. The results were outstanding!

Ten delicious submissions from some of Vancouver's finest Architecture and Design firms, a week long bidding battle, and a gala event (complete with studio critique) allowed us to exceed our fundraising expectations. This holiday season we are back, challenging the creative class to put their aprons on, get out their poured in place gingerbread panels, and attempt to redefine the gingerbread typology once again.

Houses are to be judged by a panel chosen from Vancouver's pre-eminent Architects, Designers, and Artists. Entries will be made from edible materials, constructed at a scale to fit within a 16" x 16" box, and displayed at the Museum of Vancouver. An online auction featuring each team's entries and background information will be available on the Creative Room website from December 3rd to December 10th. The winning entry will be celebrated at the Gingerbread Gala held on the evening of December 10th at the Museum of Vancouver. Entries will be auctioned off such that they may grace the living rooms of a select few Vancouver homes this holiday season. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Architecture for Humanity.

December 3rd - 10th
December 10th @ Museum of Vancouver (7-10pm)
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Bidding will start on December 5th, 2009



Principal Archirect
D'Arcy Jones Design

D'Arcy Jones obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree at the University of Manitoba in 1995. After designing his first built project in 1996, he moved to Halifax, completing his Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies degree at the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1997.

He received a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Manitoba in 1999. D'Arcy Jones Design was established in 2000; the studio expanded to become D'Arcy Jones Design Inc in 2005, coinciding with a move to a newly renovated studio.

Ken Lum

Conceptual Artist
Vancouver, Canada

Ken Lum is well-renowned Vancouver contemporary artist. He served as director of the OR Gallery in Vancouver from 1983 to 1984, and received an M.F.A. in 1985 from UBC. He has taught in the Department of Fine Arts at UBC and the L'École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Over the past fifteen years Lum has exhibited his work throughout Canada, the US and Europe. A major solo exhibition of Lum's work, which was hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery, was organized by the Witte de With, Rotterdam, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1990. Recently his work has been included in exhibitions at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff; Art Institute of Chicago; Aix-en-Provence, France; and Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York. Ken Lum is represented by Michael Klein (New York), Galerie Christian (Berlin), Galerie Nelson Freeman (Paris), Galerie Grita Insam (Vienna), and Tang Contemporary Art (Beijing).

(profile courtesty of the Vancouver Art Gallery:

Bill Pechet

Principal Architect
Pechet and Robb

Bill Pechet teaches at all levels in design studio instruction in the MArch and ENDS programs, with a special concern for the emerging manners of contemporary urban social practice. He maintains a private practice engaged in an array of projects from strategic urban planning studies through to residential and retail design, cemeteries, set design and art-in-public-places installations.

His current work on the master planning and site infrastructure/furnishings of the Pier Public Realms project in North Vancouver exemplifies this range in scales of operation. His website, along with partner Stephanie Robb can be found at

Pechet and Robb represented Canada in the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture, with their witty critique of leisure culture, called SweaterLodge.

Christina Ritchie

Contemporary Art Gallery

Christina Ritchie is a native of Saint John, New Brunswick. She received her art training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design during the 1970’s, when it was known as one of the most advanced art schools on the continent. As director of the Foundation for Art Resources in Los Angeles between 1978 and 1981, she organized and presented projects with some of the leading American artists of the era, including Mike Kelley, John Baldessari, Dan Graham and Jenny Holzer. During the 1980’s she returned to Canada, serving as video curator at one of this country’s leading artist-run centres, Toronto’s Art Metropole. There she built their collection, organized exhibitions and linked with leading galleries and museums around the continent and in Europe. Ritchie also served as an independent curator and art writer through this period, with shows in a variety of galleries, large and small, and served as Canadian Commissioner to the 1988 Fukui International Video Biennale in Japan. In 1989 she accepted a curatorial position at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In the course of her work at AGO she organized exhibitions on the work of Ron Terada, General Idea, Kelly Mark and Max Dean amongst many others. One of her most thought-provoking AGO exhibitions was "Waste Management" in 1999. Ritchie assumed her current position as Director/Curator of Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery in July of 2001. Ritchie has written essays for dozens of art catalogues and books. She has also served as an Adjunct faculty member for York University’s Department of Fine Arts, as well as at the University of Guelph; acted as contributing editor of Canadian Art Magazine, Public Access, and contributed essays and reviews to various periodicals. She has served as competition juror and board member for a number of art-related institutions.


  • Doors open
  • Welcome Message
  • Judges Discussion
  • Get your final bid in!
  • Winners are announced