Winning ‘Sukkah City’ designs to rise on Wash U campus

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

The projects are winners of “Sukkah City STL 2014: Between Absence and Presence,” a contemporary design competition presented by St. Louis Hillel and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

Building on a similar competition hosted in 2011, Sukkah City STL 2014 challenged participants to reimagine the traditional sukkah 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. 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 Monday, Oct. 6.

Projects will remain on view through Sunday, Oct. 12. An opening reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Umrath Lounge on the Danforth Campus. Tickets to the reception, which will include hors d’oeurves and wine, are $36 and can be purchased through St. Louis Hillel.

Organizers also will host a free Sukkah City STL Community Open House from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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 are 

• TAO+LEE Associates of St. Louis

• Devin Brown of Manhattan, Kan.

• June Deng and Lydia Smith of Houston

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

• Kelley Van Dyck Murphy and Jonathan Murphy of St. Louis

• Lavender Tessmer of St. Louis

• Ashlie Latiolais of Lafayette, La.

• Marc Manack and Frank Jacobus of Fayetteville, Ark.

• Jeffrey Lee, Christopher Taurasi and Alexandra White  of St. Louis

•Ken McCown, Jonathon Ander-son, Phil Zawarus and Nasar Saghafi of Las Vegas.