World War I and World War II Memorials

The Memorials Development Committee invites design professionals to participate in an international competition for the design of two National Memorials to commemorate World War I and World War II in Australia’s national capital, Canberra.

Category Project Competition
Type Architecture Project Competition
Genre Memorial
Country Canberra, Australia
RegDeadline 4 April 2008 GoogleCal iCal
14 April 2008 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility Design Professionals


The National World War I and World War II Memorials will be located on the Rond Terraces, overlooking Lake Burley Griffin at the foot of Anzac Parade. The site is on the primary ceremonial and symbolic axis of Canberra, known as the Land Axis, originally conceived by Walter Burley Griffin, the city’s famous designer. This is a site of national significance and the Memorials are intended to be world class.

The Memorials will reflect the spirit of the Australian nation. They will honour the sacrifice of more than 101,000 Australians who died, leaving an enduring legacy for those who served and those who supported on the home front.

Major General Bill Crews AO (Retd), John Denton, Neil Hobbs, Elena Taylor, Andrew Smith, Rear Admiral Simon Harrington AM, RAN (Retired), Barbara Pepper, Brigadier Doug Tyers, AM

Judging Process
Two-Stage, Anonymous Competition

first prize: $15,000 (in Australian dollars)
Up to four (4) short-listed entries from Stage 1 will each receive $15,000 towards the development of a Stage 2 entry plus up to $5,000 for the construction of a high quality scale model.

Entry Fee

Jury’s deliberation and short-listing of up to 4 entries: 28-30 April 2008
Stage 2 entries close: 9 June 2008
Public Announcement of Stage 2 winning entry:4 July 2008

Memorials Development Committee (MDC)

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