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Triangle Barkitecture

 Export to Your Calendar 10/5/2019
When: October 5, 2019
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Bull City Ciderworks
305 S Roxboro Street
Durham, North Carolina  27701
United States
Contact: Christine Stetkiewicz

Online registration is available until: 10/5/2019
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Saturday, October 5 | 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bull City Ciderworks | 305 S. Roxboro Street | Durham


All teams must register for the competition online 

Students ($20) | Individuals ($35) | Team – typically 3-5 members ($70)


Barkitecture is a one-of-a-kind design competition with the goal of creating unique, pet inspired architecture that will be auctioned off to support local animals in need. The competition itself will be open to not only architects, but also designers, students, and creative minds all over the triangle as they compete against each other to take home the covenant Barkitecture Trophies!


Triangle Barkitecture will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Bull City Ciderworks, so save the date. Get those creative juices flowing, and use your design skills to help our furry friends all over the Triangle. The event will include displaying all entries for judging, and a silent auction to raise money for this year's charity partner.


All proceeds from this event will go to this year's charity partner - Hope Animal Rescue! Hope Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of stray and abandoned pets in North Carolina by promoting compassionate and humane treatment of all pets, regardless of breed or species. The main focus is rescuing those that are unlikely to get out of the shelter system alive and placing them in loving foster homes until they are adopted. They are drawn to the dogs that need us most, and have a heart for senior and those with medical needs. In addition to rescuing homeless animals, they provide food and supplies to families throughout the community to help keep pets at home during times of financial hardship or uncertainty. Hope is an all-volunteer rescue, and every donation benefits the dogs in our care.


For more information, follow Triangle Barkitecture on Instagram and Facebook, or send us an email at with any questions.


2019 Triangle Barkitecture Guidelines and Requirements


  • Design entries for the competition are open to any kind of pet architecture - these may be doghouses, cat condos, bunny barns, chicken coops, bird houses, etc.
  • Animal welfare is important in your design, and no designs should be considered permanent outside homes for dogs - participants are encouraged to design interior pieces, furniture, and dog houses that act as a temporary oasis on visits and short stays outside!
  • Final designs should not exceed 60” Wide x 60” High x 60” Deep.
  • Consider the weight of the design and your mode of transportation, as it needs to be easily moved to the event and then to the purchaser’s location. Two (2) people should be able to move it easily.
  • Material costs should be modest, if possible. Consider using remnant and/or donated materials as an alternative to spending an excessive amount of money on your prototype.
  • Designs are strongly encouraged to utilize sustainable, recycled, or re-purposed materials
  • All design structures must be freestanding
  • A member of Triangle Barkitecture staff will be assigned to each team/participant for design coordination and design milestones.
  • Build progress images should be emailed to  by September 6th to ensure event space.


  • Participants are responsible for submitting a digital file of their signage no later than September 20th
  • Signage should include: 

Your company logo (if applicable)

The name of your design (ALL designs must have a name!)

Information about your design to make it more enjoyable for guests and may be valuable for potential buyers (remember this is a FUNDRAISER!)

Acknowledgement of any vendors or sponsors that contributed to your prototype.

Signage must be 11”x17” and oriented however best suits


  • Design matters! No text only signage will be allowed.



  • All designs must be dropped off at the Center for Architecture & Design at 14 E. Peace St., Raleigh on Friday, October 4th from 4-7PM
  • All designs will become the property of Hope Animal Rescue upon delivery to be used during the silent auction during the event. No exceptions.
  • Special consideration may be made for day of event delivery by contacting Design must be delivered by 12PM at the event site if approved by Triangle Barkitecture staff beforehand.


  • SPACE IS LIMITED! Communicate all exhibition space design ideas to Barkitecture staff to ensure proper space is given to display and move around the space.
  • Your prototype will be on grass or pavement depending on the number of entries to display. If you want your exhibit to rest on another surface (like a rug/pallet/piece of plastic grass) provide this item during your delivery or setup
  • Participants are encouraged to bring ‘props’ and other items that will enhance the ‘staging’ of your design (you can set up an exhibit or installation that includes a water bowl, plants, etc.) but please be tasteful and mindful of not creating litter.
  • Think of your prototype and space as an INTERACTIVE ART INSTALLATION – an exhibit in itself! Make sure your space is always kept tidy.
  • Doggy accidents happen! Be prepared for these accidents!



TOP DOG - Best in show as chosen by our panel of judges

GREENEST PAW – Awarded to most sustainable design through clever use of materials and green design strategies as chosen by our panel of judges

CRAZIEST CAT - awarded to the most unique design that challenges the idea of what pet architecture is in new and innovative ways as chosen by our panel of judges.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE - Award based on the number of likes, shares, and comments on photos of your design featured on our Facebook and Instagram Accounts during the event

GRAPHIC BARK - Best Signage as chosen by our panel of judges based off the graphics design and information

included about your build


Awards will be announced at 6pm on Saturday, October 5th with winners receiving a coveted Barkitecture trophy!



Throughout the event, a table will be set up for bidding on all the designs, with all proceeds going to Hope Animal Rescue

Participants are able and encouraged to bid on their own designs as well

Winning bids will be collected on site by Hope Animal Rescue, and arrangements must be made to transport the design at that time



  • All teams must register for the competition online 
  • Registration Fees: Students ($20) | Individuals ($35) | Team – typically 3-5 members ($70)
  • Barkitecture Triangle reserves the right to not exhibit any prototypes which are submitted for any reason, including incompleteness, safety issues, or offensiveness.



For any additional questions, please contact:

Triangle Barkitecture at



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