Sukkahville 2012

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Announcing our Star-Studded Jury!

Ken Greenberg architect, urban designer, teacher, writer and former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the city of Toronto. Currently: Principal of Greenberg Consultants.

Marianne McKenna founding partner of KPMB Architects. Graduate of Swarthmore College with a Masters in Architecture from Yale University.

Sarah Milroy art critic for journals, magazines and newspapers including the National Post and the Globe and Mail. Former editor of Canadian Art magazine.

Christopher Hume architectural critic and urban issues columnist with the Toronto Star. 2009 recipient of a National Newspaper Award for his columns about architecture and urban affairs.

Anna Simone founding partner of Cecconi Simone Inc., a multi-disciplinary design firm involved with numerous award-winning projects in retail, hospitality and multi-unit residential design.

Donald Schmitt Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects, a leading Canadian full-service award winning architectural practice that works throughout North America, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East.


The Finalists

Congratulations to all 5 finalists of Sukkahville 2012! 



▪   Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

▪   From Toronto, ON

Craig Deebank is from Pickering, Ontario and is currently pursuing his Master of Architecture degree at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape + Design, University of Toronto. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the Azrieli School of Architecture + Urbanism, Carleton University, Ottawa. Craig has recently completed a summer architecture internship in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gina Gallaugher is from Prescott, Ontario and is also pursuing her Master of Architecture degree at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape + Design, University of Toronto. She joined the Embryonic Canopy design team for her experience and knowledge in seating design.

The proposal Embryonic Canopy re-imagines the Sukkah as both a temporary shelter and permanent fixture within the agricultural ecosystem. It challenges the notion of the traditional static Sukkah while creating a sense of wonder, intrigue and connection to the natural environment. Inspired by airborne seed dispersal methods and the events of Earth Day: Peru 2009, the individual balloons are filled with small amounts of herb, fruit and vegetable seeds. In the event a balloon floats away and/or bursts, the act of falling seeds will populate the ground for the future spring season. Otherwise, the deflated embryonic capsules can be planted for future agricultural growth and harvested for next year’s Sukkot. It should be noted that natural latex is fully biodegradable.



▪   Gregory Marinic of Arquielago, Michelangelo Sabatino of Ambrose & Sabatino and Nicolas Herrera

▪   From New York, NY and Houston, TX

Gregory Marinic is founder and principal of Arquipelago, an award-winning New York and Houston-based practice conceiving projects in architecture, interiors, urban design, and identity.  Believing that buildings and spatial experiences are embedded with information, Arquipelago pursues architecture as a form of applied design research informed by site-specificity, materials innovation, and regionalism.  Central to the practice’s work is an interest in identifying and analyzing temporal conditions within social, natural, and built environments. Shifting between micro and macro views of context–data is translated into layers that guides the conceptual development of projects. Timelessness and weathering are equally considered in the design of total environments adapted to geography, climate, culture, and ecology. Arquipelago’s work has been published, awarded, and exhibited in the United States and internationally. Gregory serves as Director of Interior Architecture and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Houston.  He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University.

Michelangelo Sabatino (Ph.D.) trained as an architect and architectural historian in Italy, Canada and the US. His work explores the intersection of intellectual history and material culture in the practices of modern to contemporary architecture, design, and urbanism. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Department of the History of Art and Architecture and teaching at Yale University’s School of Architecture he was appointed at the University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture where he now serves as Associate Professor and Director of the History, Theory, and Criticism Program. Together with Serge Ambrose, Sabatino forms an architecture and historic preservation practice currently working on residential projects in Houston and Miami.



▪   Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine and Teresa Cacho

▪   From New York, NY

Harvest Wave was designed by a team of designers/friends who met while studying at Parsons the New School for Design.

Teresa Cacho got her masters degree in fine arts at Complutense University of Madrid. In 2007 she enrolled in the interior architecture program at the Polytechnic University of Madrid until 2009 when she moved to New York to finish her studies and refine the practice of interior design. In 2011 she earned her degree in Interior Design from Parsons, New School University.  Cacho Estefanía is currently project lead for Bluarch, a New York–based architecture, interiors, and lighting firm.

Robert Miller chose to pursue architecture in New York and received his Masters in Architecture from Parson the New School for Design. He completed his bachelors degree in economics and sociology at San Diego State University. Robert is currently working in New York City as a project architect and is excited about the opportunity to explore design at multiple scales, while integrating digital techniques to create real projects.

Raymond Bourraine, originally from Miami, Florida, gained his bachelor’s degree at Florida International University in architecture. To further his knowledge in architecture, Raymond pursued his masters degree in New York, at Parsons the New School for Design. He is currently a designer at Gensler as he continues his passion in architecture and design.

Andrew W. McGregor – Loves Ramen.  Originally from Miami.

Harvest Wave Sukkah was heavily inspired by the celebration of the Harvest and the recognition of the earth and the sky.  The act of laying in a windblown field of grain inspired the form and sensations.  Being immersed in the earth, looking up at the sky, feeling protected and connected to both what is above and below.

Harvest Wave was made possible by Eastern Millwork Inc, a well regarded woodworking fabricator and manufactuer based out of Jersey City, New Jersey.



▪   Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow

▪   From Houston, TX

Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow were classmates at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. They both constantly pursue their creative passions not only through architecture, but also through art, photography, competitions, and other forms of design. Recently graduated, they came upon the Sukkahville Design Competition excited and ready for the design-build challenge. They are both currently searching for opportunities to increase and refine their knowledge and skill set as designers and very excited about starting a career in architecture and design.

The inspiration behind Hegemonikon’s design is based on the philosophy of the cube. The Hegemonikon is the seat of the soul which rules and guides all the others, and it is considered to exist within the heart of all things. The complete development of the human Hegemonikon comprises absolute rationality; it chooses action according to reason. The design captures the juxtaposition between the simplicity of the cube and the complexity of the human.



▪   Ion Popian

▪   From San Francisco, CA

From the designer: “I take the design process very seriously. I really don’t like to compromise great ideas that will push the boundaries of our profession for a simpler quicker solution just because systems are in place. However I know the pragmatic limits due to my background, and all of my decisions are grounded in a strong historical and material context. I would gladly spend the extra time to work things out if given the chance. I guess this comes from a hands on approach where decisions are made on real world conditions not text books. My approach to architecture tries to be a very cerebral, and a philosophical analysis of perceived realities. My master’s thesis being, “Magical Realism” tries to understand subconscious systems and networks of behavior by analyzing very dualistic societies and their understanding of nature and cause. Understanding common collective conscious networks and creating an architectural threshold in the interstitial space between common “synaptic” links. Taking common behaviors that transcend cultural repetition and social aesthetics, I try to create architecture that is not only monolithically monumental in appearance, but also that becomes an axis mundi of culture.”

Process: The Sukkah project was approached the same way. I put aside the fact that the end result will be a construct, and researched purely the history, religious texts and tried to understand the poetics of the Sukkah. Then understanding how the Sukkah is used and why it is used that way. The third stage was to understand the meaning of the use and the behaviors inside the Sukkah this allowed me to let the activities of the Sukkah almost build itself. The process is non linear but a process of palimpsestic layering where one layer is allowed to show through the other interlocing the design process altogether on one entity. Hence the name of the “Woven Sukkah”. The weave is made of individual strands but when working together they create a strong structure that becomes one entity. This is also valid for community and family values that is a strong part of the celebration of Sukkot.

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