Gingerbread Competition + Charity Auction 2008


Hidden behind a thin veneer of jujubes and smarties, the ubiquitous form of the gingerbread house has stood unchallenged for too long! The malignant plague of cookie-cutter housing which fouls suburbia cannot be invited into our homes this holiday season. No longer representative of our modern lives, held in place by no more than icing and a repressing layer of nostalgia, the conventional gingerbread house must make way for the gingerbread house of today!

Creative Room and Vancouver Special are challenging Vancouver’s best architects and designers to rethink the gingerbread house in a form more fitting for our modern life: to reinterpret the gingerbread house within a modern context.

On November 19th, Vancouver Special in collaboration with Creative Room will reveal 10 modern gingerbread houses available for sale to the public through live auction. There will be a simultaneous online auction here (See below). At the close of business each day we will take down the bid sheets for each house and, after comparing these with the results of that day's online auction, will post the winning bids on our website. These bids will be used to establish new daily minimum bids. The auction will continue running in this fashion until November 25th - the evening of the gala opening and judging event at Vancouver Special. On this night the online system will not be accepting any bids and live bidding will be extended until 10pm for those attending the event. There are only a limited number of tickets available for the event so buy yours now!


Bidding will start on November 19th, 2008


Patricia Patkau

Architect and Professor
Patkau Architects, UBC SALA

Patricia is a partner in the Vancouver practice of Patkau Architects. Her practice has established an international design reputation resulting in widespread publication (including three books) and in 20 solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. Patricia’s current work includes the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Research Center at UBC and a series of nationally and internationally situated private commissions. Since its founding, Patkau Architects has received numerous national and international design awards for a wide variety of building types, including twelve Governor General’s Medals, four Progressive Architecture Awards, fifteen Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, seven Lieutenant Governor’s Awards and an RAIC Innovation in Architecture Award of Excellence. In addition to her practice, Patricia also currently teaches at the School of Architecture at UBC.

(profile courtesy of UBC SALA: http://www.sala.ubc.ca/people/faculty/patricia-patkau)

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: http://projects.vanartgallery.bc.ca/publications/75years/pdf/Lum_Ken_64.pdf)

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