Six Finalists shortlisted for Canadian National Holocaust Monument

The Canadian Government recently announced that six teams were chosen as finalists in a national design competition to create concepts for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be built in the heart of Canada’s capital, at the corner of Booth and Wellington streets, near the Canadian War Museum.

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.

Three of the six teams include a landscape architect including Daniel Roehr, SWA Group/Terraplan, and Claude Cormier. The full list of finalists includes

  • Hossein Amanat (architect and urban designer)
    Esther Shalev-Gerz (artist)
    Daniel Roehr (landscape architect)
    Robert Kleyn (architect, project manager)
    David Lieberman (architect)
    – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Leslie M. Klein (Quadrangle Architects)
    Jeffrey Craft (SWA Group)
    Alan Schwartz (Terraplan)
    Yael Bartana (artist)
    Susan Philipsz (artist)
    Chen Tamir (artist)
    Dr. Debórah Dwork and Jeffrey Koerber (Holocaust scholars)
    – Toronto, Ontario
  • Gail Lord (museum planner)
    Daniel Libeskind (architect)
    Edward Burtynsky (artist)
    Claude Cormier (landscape architect)
    Dr. Doris Berger (Holocaust scholar)
    – Toronto, Ontario
  • Gilles Saucier (architect, Saucier+Perrotte)
    Marie-France Brière (artist)
    – Montréal, Quebec
  • Irene Szylinger (art historian and curator)
    David Adjaye (architect)
    Ron Arad (artist/architect)
    – Toronto, Ontario
  • Krzysztof Wodiczko (artist)
    Julian Bonder (architect)
    – 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.