Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

Canstruction® is a national program under the auspices of the Society of Design Administration. The project involves teams of design-build professionals, employer groups and student teams who compete on a single day by building a 10’x 10′ sculpture solely with food cans. Since its inception, ten million pounds of food has been donated to aid in the fight against hunger. Canstruction® now has more than 140 individual competitions scheduled to take place during 2009-2010.

Canstruction® for the San Joaquin Valley is a collaborative effort of the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation, the American Institute of Architects San Joaquin, Community Food Bank and the Central California Builders Exchange. The goals of the event are to shed light on the importance of afterschool programs, celebrate the value of design-build professionals and fight hunger in the region. Local organizers hope to raise at least 40,000 cans of food for valley residents. Additional information about Canstruction® can be found at www.canstructionsjv.org and www.canstruction.org.

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