One of Archtober‘s signature events is the annual Pumpkitecture Pumpkin Carving Competition where teams of architects go head to head competing for the PritzkerPumpkin Prize. This year, like much of Archtober’s programming, Pumpkitecture is going virtual, and that means everyone is welcome to participate! No architecture degree required.

Pumpkitecture pumpkin carving competitionPumpkin design by Studio Joseph, Photograph by Erik Bardin

The Archtober team encourages you to channel the spirits of “Marcel Booeuer” and “Michael Gravesyard” as you concoct an architecturally inspired gourd-based creation. Participants can use any materials at their disposal, but at least one real pumpkin must be included in the design. Beyond those rules, the only limit is your imagination. You can use as many additional pumpkins as you choose! Don’t forget to give your design a fittingly frightful name.

Pumpkitecture pumpkin carving competitionDesign by Ennead Architects, Photograph by Eric Bardin

Submissions, which can be made by individuals or teams, will be judge by a jury who will award one coveted PritzkerPumpkin Prize and several honorable mentions. You can submit up to five photos and an optional short video to show off your pumpkin masterpiece. Be sure to capture your creation from different angles and share photographs of it in the making. You can read all the rules of participation for this pumpkin carving competition here! Remember to tag @archtober when you post on social media, and get your submission in by Thursday, October 29th. Winners will be announced on Halloween, Saturday, October 31 via Archtober’s Instagram. 

There are still many exciting Archtober events to take part in as the month-long celebration of New York City architecture and design wraps up. In these last few days, Untapped New York will hosts virtual talks on The Remnants and Future of Penn Station and the Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Pumpkitecture pumpkin carving competitionDesign by Handel Architects, Photograph by Sam Lohoz

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