U.S. WORLD WAR ONE CENTENNIAL COMMISSION TO ANNOUNCE MEMORIAL DESIGN COMPETITION WINNER
WASHINGTON, DC: The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission has
scheduled a press event to formally announce the winning design team for
their World War One Memorial Design Competition.
The event will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC
at 2pm Eastern on Monday, 25 January 2016. All media members are
invited to attend.
The Centennial Commission was set up by Congress in 2013 to provide
education and commemoration programs regarding American service during
the war. The commission was also authorized to create a national-level
memorial to the war in the nation's capital.
The commission hosted an open, international design competition that
began in May of 2015, with the first of two competition stages. Stage I
garnered over 360 design concepts from designers around the world. In
August, the design jury selected five Finalist design teams, to
participate in Stage II of the competition.
Those five Finalist teams have been working with representatives from
the Centennial Commission, the U.S. National Park Service, the U.S.
Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission,
to develop and refine their design concepts. The designs must must meet
a number of criteria related to cost, site considerations, environmental
impact, historical value, and design merit.
The design jury are currently reviewing the Finalists' work, and will
select a team to recommend for endorsement by the Centennial
The site for the World War One Memorial will be Pershing Park, at the
corner of 14th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, in downtown Washington
DC. The site is directly across the street from the Willard Hotel, and
is also next-door to the White House Visitors Center. The site was
authorized by Congress in 2014.
About the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission