Call to Design Teams: LGBTQ2+ National Monument, Ottawa

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Call to Design Teams – LGBTQ2+ National Monument

Location: Canada’s Capital Region
Deadline: January 5, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST

The Department of Canadian Heritage, in cooperation with the LGBT Purge Fund and the National Capital Commission, invites teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects, and other urban design professionals to submit their credentials and examples of prior work for the first part of a two-phase competition to design a new national monument in Ottawa.

Prominently located in downtown Ottawa, with views of key federal institutions, this monument will be a place where visitors can learn about the historical discrimination against LGBTQ2+ people in Canada, including those who suffered and continue to suffer due to the LGBT Purge that took place between the 1950s and the 1990s. The monument will also celebrate their achievements in their fight for equality. The Department of Canadian Heritage is therefore seeking design teams to create a moving, bold and thought-provoking monument that will provide a space for remembrance, education, celebration and inspiration.

The design competition jury will include experts in the fields of visual arts, landscape architecture, architecture, urban design as well as LGBT Purge survivors, representatives from key stakeholder groups, and subject-matter specialists. The jury will review the submissions and select up to five teams, who will then be invited to prepare design proposals for the monument.

Budget: no less than $4,825,000 (design, decontamination and construction costs)

For more information on this design competition and to submit your credentials, please refer to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document.