Six finalist teams for National Holocaust Monument announced

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently announced the six teams that were chosen as finalists in a national design competition to create concepts for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be built in Ottawa at the corner of Booth and Wellington Streets near the Canadian War Museum.

“The future National Holocaust Monument will honour the Canadian victims and survivors of the Holocaust,” said Minister Glover. “Canada is an extraordinary welcoming country, and we are all responsible for ensuring that the Holocaust continues to have a permanent place in our national consciousness and memory.” 

“Canada remembers the suffering of the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust,” said Minister Baird. “This monument will preserve their memory and also educate visitors of all faiths and traditions about the causes and risks of hate. I am proud that this memorial will stand at the heart of our country, right here in the nation’s capital.”

A Call for Qualifications was launched in May 2013, inviting teams of professional artists, architects, landscape architects and other design professionals to submit their credentials and examples of prior work at the first stage of a two-phase national design competition. Teams had to be led by a Canadian citizen. International candidates were, however, deemed eligible as team members.

Ministers Glover and Baird said they were pleased with the high calibre of the teams—which shows the importance of the project—and look forward to seeing the inspiring design ideas they will present.

The jury, made up of internationally renowned art and design professionals, a representative from the National Holocaust Monument Development Council and a Holocaust survivor, chose the following six teams as finalists:

*Architect and urban designer Hossein Amanat, artist Esther Shalev-Gerz, landscape architect Daniel Roehr, architect and project manager Robert Kleyn, and architect David Lieberman (Vancouver, BC).

*Leslie M. Klein of Quadrangle Architects, Jeffrey Craft of SWA Group, Alan Schwartz of Terraplan, artist Yael Bartana, artist Susan Philipsz, artist Chen Tamir, and Holocaust scholars Dr. Debórah Dwork and Jeffrey Koerber (Toronto, Ontario).

*Museum planner Gail Lord, architect Daniel Libeskind, artist Edward Burtynsky, landscape architect Claude Cormier, and Holocaust scholar Dr. Doris Berger (Toronto, Ontario).

*Gilles Saucier of Saucier+Perrotte and artist Marie-France Brière (Montreal, Quebec).

*Art historian and curator Irene Szylinger, architect David Adjaye, artist/architect Ron Arad (Toronto, Ontario/London, UK).

*Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko and architect Julian Bonder (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

The teams will spend the next few months developing their designs, which will be presented to the National Holocaust Monument jury in the winter of 2014. Prior to the jury selection, a public exhibition of the models will take place, at which members of the public will have the opportunity to meet the artists and share their opinions on each design. Their comments will be compiled and shared with the jury.

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