LEGO Competition

2016 AIA Lego Building Competition

Empower a group of creative students with a fast-paced, one-hour challenge, and a bucket of LEGO® and you have the makings of an exciting competition limited only to one’s imagination. Such was the scene of this year’s AIA Maui LEGO Building Competition held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Maui Fair.

This year’s LEGO Building Competition attracted 4th and 5th grade students from five Maui schools, and was sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Maui Chapter in conjunction with the State of Hawaii Maui District, Department of Education.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

1st Place:            Kamehameha Schools’ team (Kekai Apana, Dane Lee, Kaleikaumaka Roback)
2nd Place:           Kamali`i Elementary’s team (Kaiya Alger, Jackson Noble, Hannah Mantia)
3rd Place:           Kihei Charter School’s team (Caleb Abodeely, Samson Ching, Carissa Cuentas)

Student teams from Haiku Elementary (Logan Haberstroh, Tyler Kintaro) and Pukalani Elementary (Kin Hunt, Micah Yoshida) also made an impressive showing.

Each team was challenged to design and construct a building structure with a LEGO® bucket set in one hour. Entries were judged on various elements including overall presentation, aesthetics, structural integrity, spatial quality, teamwork and work ethics.

Judges were:
Aliki Biniaris
Marie Kimmey, AIA of Kimmey Unabia Architects, Ltd.
Reenie McCormick, AIA of Architectural Design & Construction, Inc.
Tanner Morrin, Architectural Design & Construction, Inc.
Peter Niess, AIA of Maui Architectural Group, Inc. 

For information on the 2017 AIA Lego Building Competition, please contact event coordinator Durwin Kiyabu, AIA of Architectural Design & Construction, Inc. at