UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
BRYAN -- Recently ten architecture teams went head-to-head in a competition to help raise funds for the Brazos Animal Shelter.
The teams took an unusual approach to build dog houses.
It's what they call "bark-itecture."
The designers had to use at least 50-percent recycled, reclaimed or salvaged material to create the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly dog house possible.
Then the barkitects sold off their houses during a silent auction to the highest bidder.
"The opening bid started out at $200 for each house. We were able to sell six of our houses and some of them above the $200 so we were able to earn just under $1,700 for the Brazos Animal Shelter," said Amanda Scott, Bark and Build committee chair.
The first ever "Bark and Build" competition was such a success, Scott said they'd like to turn this into a yearly contest.
The four remaining houses will be on display at the Brazos Animal shelter for decoration until they are purchased.