Congratulations to Finegold Alexander & Associates, Winners of the CDRC Gingerbread Design Competition!




In a bidding war that continued into the final hours, Finegold Alexander & Associates and their “House of Pops” emerged victorious as the gingerbread house that collected the most donations.  Delicious!

Ruhl Walker Architects with “Prefab-ulicious” and designLAB Architects with the “House of Cards” provided stiff competition, ultimately placing second and third, respectively.

THANK YOU to all of the gingerbread bidders and bakers!  UMass Dartmouth Department of Planning, Design, and Construction (“The Island of Misfit Toys”), Wilson Architects (the “Up” House), and O’Leary, O’Leary, Williams, and Seminelli (“Gummy Bears on Holiday”), you proved once again that great architecture need not only be in concrete, wood, or steel.  And an extra special THANKS to our youngest neighbors at Bright Horizons Seaport and our young Learning by Design friends at Roslindale’s Sumner Elementary School:  we look forward to someday seeing your creative constructions in more permanent materials.

We exceeded our goal — Thank you!  This sweet fundraiser will indeed support serious work.  Please send us ideas!  We look forward to working with you in 2014.

Happy Holidays!



Architecture and design firms, schools, and individuals are invited to submit entries to the second annual CDRC Gingerbread House Design Competition, Exhibition, + Auction.

CLICK HERE TO see the 2013 winner.


Submissions will be displayed at 290 Congress Street at BSA Space and in Waterfront Square from December 9 – December 22, 2013 (open seven days, 10am-6pm M-F, 10am-5pm weekends).  During this time, donations can be made online and in person in support of the houses. Donations of ANY size welcome and all donations count; this works like a “people’s choice”:  the house that generates the most in total donations will be declared winner. The individual who provides the highest donation for each house may decide the post-show fate of that house.   Additional award categories may be recognized.  All proceeds benefit the Community Design Resource Center of Boston.

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1   Entries must be constructed on a 2’x2’ piece of ¾” plywood covered in tinfoil

2   Entries must fit within a 2’ x 2’ x 2’ cube (the size of our display cases)

3   Other than the plywood base and tinfoil, all components must be edible

All Boston-area design firms + designers are welcome to submit and there is no entry fee.  We ask that interested folks commit to participating by November 25th in order to coordinate display requirements.

Contact CDRC executive director Gretchen Schneider at or 617 686 4362 with questions and to confirm interest.


Confirmation of interest                                                          Monday, November 25

Entries due to BSA Space                                                         Friday, December 6, 5:00pm

Exhibit + Auction Open                                                            Monday, December 9

Designers’ Reception                                                               Tuesday, December 10, 5:30pm

Fort Point Holiday Stroll                                                           Friday, December 13, 4:00-8:00pm

Learning by Design Family Design DayGingerbread Edition       Saturday, December 14, 10:30am-12:30pm

Auction Closes                                                                        Sunday, December 22, midnight

Competition Winner Announced                                               Monday, December 23

Starting December 9, the auction will be online at

Sign up for the Learning by Design Family Design Day at (link coming soon)….

The photo above features the 2012 CDRC Gingerbread Design Competition winner – a gingerbread aquarium, created by Cambridge Seven Architects.  In the background are houses by Handlin, Garrahan & Associates; Scot/Griffin Architects; and Oudens Ello Architecture.  Out of view are works by designLAB; Machado & Silvetti Associates; TRO Jung Brannen; over, under; and Pocket Change Design Collaborative.