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National World War One Memorial Design Competition

Over 350 Stage I Design Entries Received

WASHINGTON, DC - (Updated August 5, 2015) The deadline for entries for Stage I of the Design Competition for the National World War One Memorial in Washington DC passed on Tuesday July 21, at 3:00 p.m. EDT, with over 350 entries submitted.

Pershing Park Satellite View

The selected memorial site is Pershing Park, located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets NW.

"Special thank you to those who submitted designs for our WW1 Memorial Design Competition!" said Chris Isleib, Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. "The support for this open competition has been overwhelming, with over 350 projects sent in.

"The jury review process of the design concepts for our World War One Memorial competition will continue for a few more days. As announced earlier, the response to the competition has been strong, with over 350 people participating, from all over the world, from many different backgrounds. The public comment participation has also been strong, with over 700 comments submitted, for the jury to consider.

"We plan to announce the names of the competition finalist designers in the coming days. These finalists will compete in the second stage, and the winner will be selected from one of those designs."


The public is invited to view all of the Stage One submissions that conformed with the Competition Manual, and provide private comments to the Competition Officials. Go to the Memorial Design Competition page for more information on how to view the submissions.

Pershing Park

The competition is a two-stage design competition, and is an open, international competition -- open to any professionals, university-level students, or any other interested participants. In the first stage, participants submitted narrative and graphic descriptions of a design concept responding to the competition’s design goals. Three to five submissions from Stage I will be selected by the competition jury as finalists, and those entries will be further refined and developed in Stage II.

The jury for both stages of the competition is composed of individuals representing the worlds of government, the military, the arts, and the citizens of Washington DC. The Commission selected the jurors and will have final decision on the selected design, based on the recommendation of the jury. For information on the Memorial and the competition, including the Competition Manual, and questions and answers from participants, visit the Memorial Design Competition page.

The Memorial will be built using funds raised from the American public. "Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build the memorial without support," Isleib said. "We invite you to help us in our goal, to create the new WW1 Memorial using only private donations. The veterans of WW1 earned their own memorial, and we can build it for them." For information on fundraising for the Memorial, or to make a donation, visit the Memorial Fundraising page.