Building In the Community this Holiday Season

Cunningham | Quill Architects continued to be active in the community through the holiday season, participating in the inaugural Washington DC Architects for Animals Benefit and in the 8th Annual Gingertown Benefit Event.  CQA Staff participated in both events, held in early December.

For the past three years, Architects for Animals has held a New York City Architectural event benefiting NYC’s homeless animal populations.  This year Architects for Animals held their inaugural event in Washington, D.C. event.  Architects for Animals invites firms to design and build a small winter animal shelter to be donated to the Washington Humane Society.  Participating firms displayed their designs for the public at the “Giving Shelter” event at the National American Institute for Architects headquarters.  The event was attended by a high turnout of people invested in the cat welfare of the city.  The designed cat structures will ultimately be placed into a colony of homeless animals, helping them survive the frigid winter months.

The CQA team, inspired by an astronomical theme, created a structure called C.A.T.S. which stands for Corrugated Aerospace Tower Station.  The design was constructed out of concrete forming cylinders, plywood, corrugated plastic, copper foil, and carpet lining.  The goal was to create a structure where cats could not only be housed but also have a playful environment.  Congratulations to the C.A.T.S. team who received second place at the inaugural Architects for Animals event in Washington, D.C.!

Architects for Animals event held on December 5th 2013 at the National American Institute of Architects

Architects for Animals event held on December 5th 2013 at the National American Institute of Architects

C.A.T.S. (Corrugated Aerospace Tower Station) by Cunningham|Quill Architects Team

C.A.T.S. (Corrugated Aerospace Tower Station) by Cunningham|Quill Architects Team

Entry of the C.A.T.S. structure.

Entry of the C.A.T.S. structure.

Phoebe Larson placing the CQA curling rink in Gingertown DC.

Phoebe Larson placing the CQA curling rink in Gingertown DC.

Gingertown was founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarts Architects.  This holiday project brings together architects, designers, engineers, and contractors to create a town made completely of gingerbread.  The Gingertown master plan allows for individual designers to build the essential components of a town made with chocolate, frosting, sprinkles, jelly beans, and all things sugary.  We have participated in year past and we this year again we took part in creating a gingerbread structure for Gingertown’s 2014 Olympic Theme.  The CQA Team built a curling rink, including graham crackers participants and a gum-drop audience.  These hand crafted designs are ultimately donated and placed on display at local hospitals, health care facilities and community support organizations.  Some of the recipients of the buildings include the National Children’s Medical Center, the Washington Home, Martha’s Table and So Others Might Eat.

Phoebe Larson helping to prepare the CQA Curling Rink

Phoebe Larson helping to prepare the CQA Curling Rink

The Cunningham|Quill team produced a very sweet curling rink for Gingertown 2013.

The Cunningham|Quill team produced a very sweet curling rink for Gingertown 2013.