It’s October, and that can only mean one thing: New York–based architecture teams congregating to carve pumpkins at the Center for Architecture. During this year’s Pumpkitecture! competition, 20 teams battled it out for a chance to take home the coveted Pritzkerpumpkin and People’s Pumpkin Award.

The first-place winner from Alloy, "Jack-in-the-box," is an obvious play on words.

The first-place winner from Alloy, “Jack-in-the-box,” is an obvious play on words. (Erik Barden)

Of course, despite the full range of talent on display, not every team could take home 2018’s top honors. The jury, consisting of Laila Gohar, chef and conceptual artist, Jing Liu, principal and co-founder of SO-IL, Harry Parr, director of Bompas & Parr Studio, and Omar Sosa, founder of Apartamento Magazine, ultimately awarded the Pritzkerpumpkin to Alloy for their high-concept “Jack-in-the-box”, and the People’s Pumpkin to SITU’s “Pretentioulicious desiccated pumpkin strands.”

SITU's entry, which reduced their pumpkin to a brise soleil, won the audience over.

SITU’s entry, which reduced their pumpkin to a brise soleil, won the audience over. (Erik Barden)

Teams entered pumpkins that ranged from high-brow—see SOFTlab’s quartered and reflected pumpkin, or SITU’s aforementioned popular vote-winning spiralized vegetable strings—to more classic takes on the jack o’lantern typology. Much like the first Hat Party on the High Line earlier this year, each firm brought a taste of their distinctive design philosophy to their entry.

The much-sought after Pritzkerpumpkin, carving's highest honor.

The much-sought after Pritzkerpumpkin, carving’s highest honor. (Erik Barden)

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