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      Architects construct 'Gingerbread University' in D.C.

      The brightest architects, contractors and designers in the D.C. area gathered Monday to get in the holiday spirit by creating a college campus.

      But their list of ingredients does not include any brick or mortar. This campus is constructed from gingerbread.

      "Royal icing is your glue, and everything that goes on it is edible," explained one of the participants.

      The boulevards are lined with Chex Mix. The street lights are powered by peanut butter cups, and the football stadium is filled with throngs of cheering gum drops.

      This year's theme, Gingerbread University, came from David M. Schwarz Architects.

      The 15-foot long community is cobbled with confections.

      Raeanne Hytone built the dog park.

      "We use Tootsie Rolls to make the dogs," she said.

      Lam Vuong is accustomed to much bigger projects.

      "We do a lot of residential, condos and apartments," he explained.

      Monday night, he worked on a jawbreaker courthouse.

      "So we've got a lot of gobstoppers, jawbreakers and trying to figure out how to do a dome," Vuong continued.

      The goal was to create a whimsical world built by great minds with good intentions.

      All the money raised during the build will go to various charities. The campus is on display through Friday at 1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW.