Most Austin dog, design, and dog-and-design lovers know about Barkitecture, the annual event in which that shows off Austin construction and design to benefit nonprofit shelter and animal advocacy groups. This weekend sees the 15th anniversary of the show (who knew?), now officially called Nulo Barkitecture Austin, which gives pups and people a chance to explore some mighty stylish, one-of-a-kind dog houses up for auction this year.
As the new, longer name indicates, Barkitecture has stepped up its sponsorship game quite a bit, and it’s learned a new trick as well: For the first time, the doggy domains will be up for auction on Ebay as well as available for bidding at a silent auction at the local event. That means dog lovers around the world have a chance to nab a stylish, bespoke home for their furry friends even if they can’t attend the Austin show.
Barkitecture 2019: When, where, and what
Speaking of that show: Barkitecture 2019 will be Sunday at Fair Market, noon-4 p.m. It’s free and open to the public, and it showcases quite a few of Austin’s top architecture, design, and building firms (check out the photos below to learn which ones, in particular, those are this year).
Judges included architect Jamie Chioco, blogger Camille Styles, Austin Home editor Madeline Hollern, Good Day Austin weekend anchor Tania Ortega, and Studio 512 host Rosie Newberry. They’ll will select winners in several categories while attendees vote for their favorites, as well (past winners have been truly inspired and include West-Texas-inspired Pawda Arfa and an elegant plexiglass basinette).
2019 Barkitecture contestants
Here are just a few of the pooch palaces that will be on display, as well as some quite fetching models (we don’t know if they actually fetch, though).
In addition to a being a designy dog party, Barkitecture will feature local vendor booths, a “Dogstume” contest, a pet portraitist (proceeds donated), and opportunities for education about animal adoption and advocacy opportunities. There will also be a BarkLounge, with adult beverages and fare from local food trucks available.
All dog houses will be sold via silent auction to raise funds for Safe in Austin, Lone Star Doberman Rescue, and Austin Pets Alive. The barkitect whose house receives the highest bid will also get to choose a beneficiary to receive the Subaru Loves Pets Award presented by Austin Subaru.
Nulo Barkitecture Austin will host a preview party Thursday at The Belmont, wherein top dogs can get a sneak peek of some of the year’s custom dog houses as well as food, drink, and pet portraits.
Some of this year’s participating barkitects include Newcastle Homes, Studio Momentum, Big D Design, Jauregui Architect-Builder, Pfluger Architects, STG Design, StudioSIX5, Rogers O’Brien Construction, Cedar Ridge High School Design Studio, JE Dunn Construction, Studio8 Architects, S. Watts Group, Gensler, LEVY Architects, CG& S Design-Build, H+UO Architects, Meredith Owen Interiors, NatCo Woodworks, Black Sheep Unique, Tim Cuppett Architects, RisherMartin Fine Homes, Laura Britt Design, Accomplice, LaRue Architects, Elev8 Builders, STUDIOGEE Architecture, Balfour Beatty Construction, Ion Art, Ryan Companies, Driftwood General Contractors, CasaBella Architects, HEWN, and Webber + Studio Architects.