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2021 Gingerbread House Design Competition

AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation are excited to announce the 2021 Gingerbread House Competition! This year, our challenge is for participants to choose a building from our Sweet Sixteen Round of BAF Arch Madness Competition! Prizes are available for winners in each of the awards categories.

Proceeds of the event, including sponsorship and registration fees, will support the Baltimore Architecture Foundation’s public programs and scholarships. Prizes are available for 1st prize, runner up, and people’s choice.

Fundraising Drive

We ask our design teams to compete in fundraising for our AIA Baltimore/BAF scholarships.

Donations can be made here. Donors should specify the team they are donating on behalf of by checking the comment box in the donation form. Donations can be made electronically or by check.

You can enter as a team or solo. Participate with your co-workers, family and friends, or on your own.

Get inspired by the winners of last year’s Gingerbread House Competition.

Gingerbread Building Specifics

*Design must be inspired by the list of 2021 BAF Madness Buildings

*Design must fit a base that is 24”x 24”

*Video: Due 12/8, 2 minutes maximum,(videos are not necessary for judging but are highly encouraged so we can show off your designs!

*Delivered To The Center of Architecture and Design by 12/9

Each gingerbread house will be displayed in the windows of The Center for Architecture & Design!

While visiting our gingerbread houses, don’t forget to stop by Downtown Partnerships Candy Lane Nov. 20 – Dec. 31 at Center Plaza, 110 W. Fayette Street. The Park at Center Plaza will be transformed into Candy Lane with larger than life sweet-themed installations, thousands of lights, activations, performers, and delicious local retailers! Learn More



Sponsor This Unique Event!

See all 2021 Sponsorship Offerings

Sign up to be a 2021 Gingerbread House Design Competition Sponsor by emailing Margaret Stella Melikian at mstella@aiabalt.com

Meet the Judges


Marco Legaluppi
Marco Legaluppi, PE is the President of Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani LLC (WBCM), a full-service, multi-discipline engineering firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD. As a portion of his duties, Mr. Legaluppi is responsible for coordinating structural design efforts across multiple offices and overseeing the architecture department. Marco is a life-long Baltimorean who graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering. A Registered Professional Engineer in over 15 states, Marco has 38 years of experience with structural engineering design, inspection, and assessment. Marco is currently on the Executive Committee Board of the Engineering Society of Baltimore (ESB), sits on the University of Maryland Board of Visitors for the School of Civil Engineering, and is an active member of numerous industry organizations.

Monica Amtower
A baking and pastry graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York, Monica Amtower is a Baltimore native who spent her career grinding in some of the best establishments that she could get into: Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach, the Inn at Little Washington, the Four Seasons in Baltimore, the James Beard nominated Forman and Wolf group, Montage International at the Sagamore Pendry Luxury Hotel, Executive Pastry Chef at the only Forbes 5 star hotel in downtown Washington D.C. – Trump International, and currently is the Operations Manager for the Washington, D.C. territory of Tatte Bakery and Café.

Chef Monica’s favorite thing about hospitality is being invited into guests special occasions and being a part of their memories.  Her favorite thing to make is cakes: wedding cakes, specialty cakes, gender reveal cakes.  In her very little free time, Monica enjoys antiquing with her husband and finding “pick your own” flowers.

Joe Cellucci, AIA

Throughout his career, Joe has immersed himself in every phase of project development, from the earliest stages of client engagement, planning, programming and design, through final construction. Clients and colleagues appreciate his knowledge and enthusiasm, as he consistently guides teams in the smooth delivery of projects.

His diverse portfolio includes award winning school and university buildings, performing arts spaces, art galleries, and athletic facilities.

Joe’s career-long commitment to the architectural profession also includes serving as a university advisor, mentor, and architectural studio critic. He brings his passion for architecture and design excellence to every project he undertakes.


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