These Regulations set forth the rules by which this Design Competition is conducted. Agreement by any Designer or Design Team to participate in any element of the Design Competition requires compliance with all Competition Regulations.
Participants are advised to periodically check the Competition Website for any revisions to these Competition Regulations or to the Design Goals.
The Design Competition Schedule is hereby appended to, and is part of, the Competition Regulations. It lists the sequence of events and the deadlines in accordance with the Competition Process. Modifications to the Competition Schedule, if made, will be published as addenda.
Updated August 10, 2015
May 4-8, 2015 -- Public notice of upcoming competition
May 21, 2015 -- Competition kick-off and release of Competition Manual
July 21, 2015 -- Stage I Design Entries Due (electronic submission and entry fee paid)
July 22-24, 2015 -- Stage I Entry Conformance Review
July 28-30, 2015 -- Stage I Jury Session
By August 14, 2015 -- Announcement of selected Stage II Participants/Concepts
September 9-10, 2015 -- Stage II Briefing
October 6-8, 2015 -- Stage II Mid-course Review 1
November 3-5, 2015 -- Stage II Mid-course Review 2
December 9, 2015 -- Stage II Design Submittal Due (Exhibit Boards, Project Narrative, Electronic file)
December 14-22, 2015 -- Public Exhibition of Stage II Design Submittals
January 6-8, 2016 -- Stage II Jury Session (potential public presentations by Stage II Participants)
January 20, 2016 -- Announcement of Selected Design/Design Team
1. Competition Procedure
1.1 Call for Entries
The advertisement will be distributed widely to national and international websites of the design professions and to other appropriate media. This call for entries will direct individuals or teams interested in participating in the competition to the official Competition Website.
1.2 Stage I Site Visits
The site is in the public domain so site visits are at the discretion of the participant.
1.3 Question and Answer Period
During the Competition Period, questions and requests for additional information may be submitted through the Competition Website. All questions will be answered, and copies of all questions and answers will be posted on the Competition Website. The authorship of all questions will remain anonymous.
1.4 Entry Fee
An entry fee of $100 must be paid for each Design Entry at the time of submittal. Payment must be made through the Competition Website.
1.5 Submission of Stage I Design Entries
All Design Entries must be submitted electronically via the Competition Website, http://WorldWar1Centennial.org/design-competition, by 3:00 pm Eastern time on the date indicated on the Competition Schedule. The Design Entry shall conform to the Mandatory Requirements for Stage I Design Entry as stated in Section 3 of these Competition Regulations.
1.6 Compliance Check
Upon receipt of the Design Entries, the Competition Managers will review each Entry for compliance with Mandatory Requirements. All Design Entries found in compliance with the Competition Regulations will be posted to the Competition Website and forwarded to the Jury for evaluation.
Should any Design Entry be found in noncompliance with these Competition Regulations, the Competition Managers will notify the Governance Group of the situation and recommend an action. The Governance Group will make the final decision concerning qualification or disqualification of the Design Entry. If the Entry is disqualified, the Competition Managers will remove it from Competition and notify the entrant of the Governance Group's action. The determination by the Governance Group is final and not subject to appeal. The entrant found in noncompliance will forfeit the $100 entry fee.
1.7 Late Entries
A Design Entry will be considered late if received after 3:00 pm Eastern time on the day set forth in the Competition Schedule. Entries received after the specified time will not be considered in the Competition.
1.8 Stage I Evaluation and Selection
All Design Entries that are deemed compliant with these Competition Regulations will be exhibited in a format that allows each Design Entry to be viewed and evaluated equally and without prejudice. The Entries will also be available on the Competition Website for public viewing and comment after the Stage I submission deadline, and comments will be shared with the Jury.
The Jury will be responsible for analyzing and evaluating the Design Entries and selecting a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) Design Entries to be invited to participate in Stage II of this Design Competition. The Jury may, at its discretion, select a maximum of ten (10) honorable mentions in recognition of exemplary work by the Entrants.
Entrants invited to participate in Stage II will be notified by the Competition Managers, and results of Stage I will be posted on the Competition Website. The Jury will issue a report recording its findings and decision.
1.9 Stage II Competition Briefing
The Stage II Participants will be required to attend a mandatory briefing with the Competition Managers, Design Oversight Committee, and representatives of the Sponsor. The Briefing will include clarification of schedule and procedures, Stage II submission requirements, coordination of 3-D models and modeling, expectations of Stage II activities, dissemination of other information that is timely and appropriate, and guided tours of the World War I Memorial site.
1.10 Question and Answer Period
The Stage II Participants may submit questions and requests for information by email to the Competition Managers at the Competition Address. All questions received from Stage II Participants in accordance with the Competition Schedule will be answered and the questions and responses will be sent simultaneously to all Stage II Participants. The authorship of all questions will remain anonymous.
1.11 Mid-course Reviews
Stage II Participants will have two opportunities to participate in Mid-course Reviews per the Competition Schedule. Mid-course Reviews are private half-day sessions between each Stage II Participant and the Design Oversight Committee to discuss conceptual and technical issues related to the design process.
1.12 Submission of Stage II Designs
All Stage II Design Submittals must be received at the designated Competition Address by 3:00 pm Eastern time on the date set forth on the Competition Schedule. The Design Submittal shall conform to the Mandatory Requirements for Stage II Design Submission as stated in Section 4 of these Competition Regulations and finalized at the Competition Briefing for Stage II Participants.
1.13 Stage II Design Submittal Compliance Check
Upon receipt of the Design Submittal, the Competition Managers will record such receipt, examine the Submittal for compliance with Mandatory Requirements, catalog the materials submitted, and forward the Submittal for exhibit and evaluation.
If any Design Submittal is found in noncompliance with the Competition Regulations, the Competition Managers will notify the Governance Group of the situation, explain the situation, and offer a recommendation for action. The Governance Group will make the final determination for action concerning qualification or disqualification of the Design Submittal. The Competition Managers will notify the Stage II Participant of the decision of the Governance Group. The decision of the Governance Group is final and not subject to appeal. A finding of disqualification will result in forfeiture of the Competition Honorarium established for that Stage II Participant as described in Section 7 of the Competition Regulations.
1.14 Stage II Exhibit
All Stage II Design Submittals deemed compliant with these Competition Regulations will be exhibited in a format that allows all Design Submittals to be viewed and evaluated equally and without prejudice. The exhibit will be available at scheduled times for public viewing. The public will be given the opportunity to make written comments, which will be shared with the Jury.
1.15 Design Oversight Committee Review
The Design Oversight Committee will conduct an individual review of each Design Submittal and provide an advisory report of its findings to the Jury. Each Design Submittal will be evaluated as to how it addresses the established Design Goals for the project. The Design Oversight Committee will not offer a comparison between Submittals, but will provide its evaluation of each Design Submittal separately.
1.16 Stage II Evaluation and Selection
The Jury will first analyze each Design Submittal and make a determination as to whether the integrity of the design concept embodied in the Stage I Entry has been maintained in the Stage II Design Submittal. Should the Jury determine that the Participant's Stage II Design Submittal does not build upon, develop, or evolve the Participant's Stage I Design Entry, the Jury will inform the Competition Managers and recommend that the Design Submittal be taken out of the Competition. The Competition Managers will notify the Governance Group of the situation, and present to them the situation and a recommendation for action. The Governance Group will make a final determination concerning qualification or disqualification of the Design Submittal. The Competition Managers will notify the Stage II Participant of the decision of the Governance Group. The decision of the Governance Group is final and not subject to appeal. A finding of disqualification will result in forfeiture of the Competition Honorarium established for that Stage II Participant.
Each Stage II Participant will be given the opportunity to make a presentation to the Jury of the Design Submittal. This presentation will be open to the public for observation. The purpose of the presentation is to enable and clarify the Jury's understanding of the Design Submittal.
The Jury will be responsible for evaluating the Design Submittals and presentations, and for considering the Design Oversight Committee's advisory report and written comments from the public. The Jury will, through careful analysis and deliberation, select the winning Design Submittal and record the selection in a written report to the Sponsor.
1.17 Sponsor Approval and Adoption
The Sponsor will receive the Jury Report, confirm that the Competition Process was accomplished in accordance with the Competition Regulations, and, if appropriate, adopt the findings of the Jury. Upon adoption of the findings, the Sponsor will announce the selected Design Submittal in a public forum.]
2.1 Protocol: If any Participant desires information of any kind in regard to the Competition, the Competition Regulations, the program, or the site, the Participant shall ask for this information by e-mail to the Competition Managers at the Competition Address during the Question and Answer Periods, or at the Stage II Competition Briefing. No Competition Participant or Participant's representative shall communicate with any member of the Design Oversight Committee, the Governance Group, the Sponsor, or the Competition Managers on matters of this Design Competition except as provided in these Design Competition Regulations.
2.2 Duration: This Communication Protocol is in effect continuously throughout the duration of the Competition from the Competition kickoff to the announcement of the final selected design.
2.3. Reporting: Representatives of the Sponsor, Design Oversight Committee, and Jury shall report any communications from Participants to the Competition Managers, who will bring the matter to the Governance Group.
2.4. Questions and Answers: All questions received in accordance with the Competition Schedule will be answered in accordance with the Competition Regulations. Upon publication by the Competition Managers, the Questions and Answers become official addenda to the Competition Manual.
3. Mandatory Requirements for Stage I Design Entry
3.1 Intent: The Design Entry is intended to provide an explanation, including narrative description and graphic descriptions, of a design concept responding to the Design Goals.
3.2 Anonymity: The Design Entry shall bear no name or mark that could serve as a means of identification. The Entrant shall have no contact with the Design Oversight Committee, Governance Group, Sponsor, or Jury regarding the authorship of the Design Entry. It is understood that in submitting a Design Entry, each Participant affirms compliance with the foregoing provisions regarding anonymity and agrees that any violation of them renders the Entry, at the Competition Manager's sole discretion, subject to disqualification from the Competition.
3.3 Format: The Design Entry shall be submitted electronically in PDF format per the directions on the Competition Website and must include the following information:
• A title and drawing scale (if appropriate) for all drawings;
• Overall site plan with appropriate scale designation containing annotation depicting key elements of the design;
• Sections, elevations, or perspectives as desired to depict any of the key design elements;
• A narrative not exceeding two hundred fifty (250) words to explain how the Design Entry addresses the Design Goals. This narrative shall be in the English language and included on the exhibit side of the Design Entry.
3.4 Method: The method of depicting the Design Entry (drawing, color, photography, etc.) shall be at the discretion of the Participant.
4. Mandatory Requirements for Stage II Design Submittal
4.1 Intent: The intent of Stage II of the Design Competition is to refine the Stage I Design Entry to a level that fully explains the spatial, material, and symbolic attributes of the Design Entry.
4.2 Format: Based on the scope and content of the selected Stage I Design Entries, the specific requirements of the Stage II Design Submittal will be refined and specific requirements distributed to the Participants at the Stage II Briefing. Drawing and model scales, media, and presentation composition will be established to best portray the design concepts in an equal and unbiased manner, and to provide the ability for everyone viewing the Stage II Design Submittals to understand and compare the design concepts. The Stage II Participants may be requested to submit the following:
A maximum of six (6) 36" x 48" boards illustrating the design concept, including plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, narratives, and diagrams to fully explain the design concept in a way that is accessible and understandable;
A three-dimensional physical model illustrating the design concept;
Sufficient information on the refined design to allow incorporation of the design concept into a standard computer model of the site (to be prepared by others);
A full team of professionals to execute design services as required to implement the design; and
A detailed construction budget appropriate to the design.
5. Evaluation Criteria
The Vision, Design Objectives, and Design Goals provide the criteria by which the Jury will evaluate the Stage I Entries and Stage II Submittals.
Stage I of this Design Competition is an open, international competition, open to any professionals, university-level students, or any other interested participants who register and pay the required submission fee. A participant may be an individual, a team of individuals, or a firm.
Participants in Stage II will be required to have an office located in the United States and a license in architecture or landscape architecture issued by a licensing authority in the United States. Participants who are invited to participate in Stage II who do not hold such a license or U.S. office will be required to associate with a firm or individual who meets these requirements.
No member of the Jury, the Design Oversight Committee, the Governance Group, the Sponsor or their staff consultants, committees, subcommittees, or task forces shall be eligible to participate in this Design Competition. Persons having served on the aforementioned groups are eligible to compete if they have formally tendered their resignation in writing to the appropriate chairperson or co-chairperson as of 30 days prior to the beginning of Stage I.
7. Competition Honoraria and Expenses
Those individuals or teams that are invited to participate in Stage II of this Design Competition become eligible to receive a $25,000 Honorarium. The Honorarium will be paid upon submission of a design concept in accordance with the Mandatory Requirements for Stage II. There is no compensation for Stage I Participants.
Disqualification will occur should any Participant commit an act (or acts) that is (are) in conflict with the Design Competition Regulations. The Governance Group has final determination on any and all disqualifications arising during the Competition Procedure. The Competition Managers will forward issues requiring resolution to the Governance Group. The Competition Managers will present the findings to the Governance Group in an expedient and fair manner. The Governance Group will make its decision, and its determination will be final.
9. Competition Sponsor
The sponsor of the World War I Memorial is the World War I Centennial Commission. As the Sponsor, the Commission is responsible for retaining and managing the contract for the Competition Managers; funding the Competition, including all expenses and honorariums; and ensuring appropriate involvement in and support of the Competition activities.
10. Governance Group
The Governance Group, which is a sub-committee of the Sponsor, is the coordinating and adjudicating authority for the Competition and shall have final decision authority regarding issues arising during the Competition Process. If issues arise, the Governance Group will consider the issue and the Competition Managers' recommendation and render a decision. The decision is not subject to appeal.
11. Design Oversight Committee
The Design Oversight Committee (DOC) serves as an advisor to the Jury. DOC members will assist the Jury with the evaluation of the Stage II Design Submittals by providing a technical overview of each. The DOC will participate in the Stage II Briefing and the Mid-course Reviews, providing feedback on the feasibility of proposals. The Design Oversight Committee consists of representatives of the following organizations and agencies including:
National Park Service
National Capital Planning Commission
Commission of Fine Arts
General Services Administration
U.S. Secret Service
American Battle Monuments Commission
District of Columbia Office of Planning
Mrs. Sandra Pershing
The Jury is comprised of individuals representing a broad range of disciplines and including perspective on the military, military history and commemoration, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, and arts and culture. All members of the Jury are appointed by the Sponsor. The tasks of the Jury are defined in the Competition Regulations.
13. Competition Managers
The Competition Managers are retained by the Sponsor to manage the Competition Process. The Competition Managers' role is to be the sole contact of, and representative for, the participants throughout the Competition; organize and coordinate all activities of the Competition to ensure an equitable, open, and clear process leading to decisions by the Jury; facilitate meetings as required for the orderly execution of the Competition; and bring issues regarding non-compliance of the regulations to the Governance Group for review and decision.
14. Ownership Of Stage I Entries and Stage II Submittals
Any and all materials submitted for any phase or event in this Design Competition will be donated to the project archives, and become the property of the National Park Service. Material will be appropriately archived according to museum standards and be permanently housed in the World War I Memorial archives and collection, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
15. Exhibition of Entries and Submittals
The Sponsor reserves the right to exhibit all Phase I Entries and Phase II Submittals that are submitted and in compliance with the Competition Procedure. Furthermore, the Sponsor reserves the right to use or display any and all material for educational purposes, publication, documents, videos, or fund-raising purposes at its discretion. The author or authors of any Phase I Entry or Phase II Submittal will retain the copyright for their work. The Sponsor shall give appropriate credit to the author or authors of any material used.
16. Agreement between the Sponsor and the Selected Memorial Designer
Upon selection by the Stage II Jury and adoption of the selection by the Sponsor, the author(s) of the winning Memorial Design will be invited to negotiate a contract with the National Park Service to provide professional services to implement the design selected through the Competition Process. The National Park Service will manage the development of final design and construction drawings, as well as the construction, of the World War I Memorial. The Sponsor will remain involved throughout the process. Since the Design Competition results will be used to solicit and allocate capital improvement funds, and design and construction may be phased as funds become available, the Sponsor reserves the right to request modification in the program or design prior to detailed design and construction documentation. The Sponsor also reserves the right to request design modifications based on directives from design reviewing agencies and for budgetary considerations. At any time, the Sponsor reserves the right not to proceed with the project.
17. Competition Address
All questions or other communications, and all Stage I Design Entries, should be submitted via the Competition Website at http://WorldWar1Centennial.org/design-competition.