November 11, 2016
by Camila Schaulson Frenz
SITU Studio won the Pritzkerpumpkin for their concrete pumpkin void.Credit: Sam Lahoz
ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers received the People's Pumpkin for their Aravena-inspired half-pumpkins.Credit: Meghan Edwards
WORKac received the Lucifer's Lantern Award for their illuminated pumpkin guts.Credit: Sam Lahoz
ARO, decked out in hazmat suits, received the Mad Engineer Award.Credit: Sam Lahoz
Most Obscure Reference went to Bernheimer Architecture for Carlo Scare-pa's Castezuccavecchio.Credit: Meghan Edwards
Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects received the Malignant Mimic Award for their pumpkin-slice Sydney Opera House.Credit: Sam Lahoz
The Spookiest Spirits award went to MVVA for their seasonal, whiskey-spiked, cider filled pumpkin.Credit: Sam Lahoz
SOFTlab's pumpkin rendition of firm principal Mike Szivos vomiting a parametric tower received the Best Vomitorium Award.Credit: Sam Lahoz
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group were inspired by the European courtyard.Credit: Sam Lahoz
Büro Koray Duman drilled iconic New York buildings, creating an NYC skyline.Credit: Sam Lahoz
The Center for Architecture joined the fun, carving an Archtober pumpkin!Credit: Sam Lahoz
KPFF carved a stylish pilotis home.Credit: Sam Lahoz
Marpillero Pollak Architects explored the interior and exterior of Le Corbusier's Ronchamps.Credit: Sam Lahoz
SO-IL created pumpkin spice terra cotta.Credit: Sam Lahoz
Studio Gang's drilled pumpkin.Credit: Sam Lahoz
WEISS MANFREDI Architectue/Landscape/Urbanism explored interior and exterior.Credit: Sam Lahoz
WXY architecture + urban design drilled pixilated see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil emojis onto their pumpkin.Credit: Sam Lahoz

The Center for Architecture kicked off Halloween weekend with its first annual Pumpkitecture! competition. Twenty New York City-based firms went gourd-to-gourd to compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin.

Awakening the spooky specters of architects past, the participating firms channeled their creative spirits to demonstrate their eeriest eye for design. Beyond the standard pumpkin-carving tool set, supplied by the Center, firms were encouraged to bring their own tools and materials, resulting in a range of additional supplies, from jagged saws to electric drills and even cement. The world was their pumpkin.

After an hour and a half of carving, our dreaded, deadly jury, composed by Avinash Rajagopal, Senior Editor, Metropolis magazine; Robert Kirkbride, Dean, Parsons School of Constructed Environments, and architect, Morbid Anatomy Museum; Phebe Pierson, Union Square Greenmarket; Michael McDonnell, Coney Island Brewing Company; and Natasha Jen, Partner, Pentagram; selected the winner of the Pritzkerpumpkin and a few additional prizes. A People’s Pumpkin was also selected by the enthusiastic audience.

Pritzkerpumpkin: SITU Studio, for  its concrete pumpkin void
People’s Pumpkin: ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers for its pumpkin half-houses, designed in honor of the work of Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena
Spookiest Spirits: MVVA for a seasonal, whiskey-spiked, cider-filled pumpkin
Lucifer’s Lantern: WORKac for lit-up pumpkin innards
Best Vomitorium: SOFTlab for a pumpkin representation of firm principal Mike Szivos vomiting a parametric pattern
Malignant Mimic: Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects for a pumpkin Sydney Opera House
Mad Engineer: Architecture Research Office – the team, decked out in hazmat suits, suspended pumpkin cross-sections from a metal structure
Most Obscure Reference: Bernheimer Architecture for Carlo Scare-pa’s Castelzuccavecchio

We congratulate our winners and all participating firms including:
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Büro Koray Duman
Marpillero Pollak Architects
Rockwell Group
Studio Gang
STUDIOS Architecture (BOO!-dios Architecture)
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
WXY architecture + urban design