Sukkah City STL 2014 Winners

Sukkah City STL 2014 installation on the Danforth Campus. Photo by Stan Strembicki.

Ten projects installed at WUSTL Oct. 7-12

Posted by Liam Otten September 29, 2014

Ten cutting-edge sukkahs by architects and designers from around the nation will be installed October 7-12 on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

The projects are winners of Sukkah City STL 2014: Between Absence and Presence, an ambitious contemporary design competition presented by St. Louis Hillel and the Sam Fox School.

Building on a similar competition hosted in 2011, Sukkah City STL 2014 challenged participants to reimagine the traditional Jewish sukkah—a small, temporary structure erected each fall during the weeklong festival of Sukkot—through the lens of contemporary art and architecture.

The 10 winning projects, by both individuals and teams of architects and designers, were selected from a field of 33 entries. Jurors included:

* Adam Yarinsky, principal of the Architecture Research Office, New York

* Jamie Kolker, assistant vice chancellor of campus planning and director of capital projects at WUSTL

* Heather Woofter, associate professor and chair of Graduate Architecture in the Sam Fox School

* Ursula Emery McClure, BA92, and Michael McClure, BA91, of emerymcclure architecture in Louisiana

"The diversity and strength of the submissions surpassed our expectations," said Jacqueline Ulin Levey, president of St. Louis Hillel. "Each of the ten proposals selected presents a remarkable re-interpretation of the sukkah drawing upon this year's theme, 'between absence and presence.'

"Viewed together, the designs will create another extraordinary installation," Levey said. "The designers include architecture students and faculty from the Sam Fox School and design schools around the country, as well as other established architects and firms.

"It's really a tremendous enterprise, involving numerous members of our campus and Hillel community, and we're thrilled as to how it's all come together."

Each winning entry will receive a $1,000 honorarium to defray construction costs. Projects will be installed on the Danforth Campus, just west of Olin Library, beginning the morning of October 6.

Projects will remain on view through October 12. An opening reception will take place from 5:30-7:30p Tuesday, October 7, in WUSTL's Umrath Lounge. Tickets to the reception—which will include hors d'oeurves and wine—are $36 and can be purshased through St. Louis Hillel.

Organizers also will host a free Sukkah City STL Community Open House from noon-2p Sunday, October 12. Additional tours and student-coordinated events will take place throughout the week.

For more information, call 314.935.9040 or visit

Sukkah City STL winners

TAO+LEE Associates
St. Louis
A Tensile Community

Devin Brown
Manhattan, Kansas

June Deng and Lydia Smith
Disintegrating Boundaries

Jess Glennie, Catalina Padilla, and Ben Parker
Austin, Texas

Kelley Van Dyck Murphy (MArch07, lecturer in architecture) + Jonathan Murphy (BS01, MArch/MUD07)
St. Louis
On the Wane…

Lavender Tessmer (MArch11, lecturer in architecture)
St. Louis

Ashlie Latiolais
Lafayette, Louisiana

Marc Manack + Frank Jacobus
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Super Sukkah

Jeffrey Lee, Christopher Taurasi, and Alexandra White (all current MArch students)
St. Louis
Surface to Sukkah

Ken McCown, Jonathon Anderson, Phil Zawarus, and Nasar Saghafi
Las Vegas