Damon Farber a finalist in Sandy Hook Memorial Design Competition

July 13, 2018


Damon Farber was one of three teams out of 189 submissions from across the globe to be selected as a finalist on the design competition for a permanent memorial honoring the lives lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School during the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission’s May 10th Board meeting. The Damon Farbre team led by Principal Joan MacLeod also includes public artist/experience designer Teri Kwant of RSP Architects, and Architect Julia McFadden, an Associate Principal with Svigals + Partners.

The three women were humbly honored and ecstatic when the finalists were announced in May. “This is an incredible honor and opportunity,” said Joan MacLeod. Their overarching goal is to meet the needs of and provide comfort to the families, first responders, and community by creating a place to remember, honor, and celebrate those 26 who died as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. “This project and the event that caused the need for this memorial resonates very personally with me. This is one of the many ways I have been spurred to take action, and to be of service,” says Teri Kwant.

After short-listing to thirteen teams from the 189 submissions back in February, the Commission sought further input from Sandy Hook families and community members to narrow the selection to three. The next step in the design selection process is for the final three teams to present their designs to the Memorial Commission on July 17, with a final award decision being made in August.

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