An Open Competition to Design a Memorial within the National AIDS Memorial Grove

Finalists and Designs of Note Announced in National AIDS Memorial Design Competition

After two days of judging hundreds of moving, thought-provoking entries from around the globe, the National AIDS Memorial Design Competition jury selected five finalists and seven entries of note. Thank you to all who took the time to participate in this competition and to do the important work of contemplating how to memorialize one of the greatest pandemics of all time.


  • Raveevarn Choksombatchai of VEEV Design, Jacob Atherton, Michael Eggers and Andrew Shanken, San Francisco, CA
  • Melissa Cate Christ, Toronto, Ontario
  • Janette Kim and Chloe Town, New York City, NY
  • Andrew Thurlow and Maia Small, TSA, Pawtucket, RI
  • Shinya Uehara and Chantelle Brewer, UB Team, Chicago, IL

Designs of Note:

  • Salvador Pérez Arroyo, Estudio Salvador Pérez Arroyo, Madrid, Spain
  • Joseph Barajas, Michael Boone, Patrick Flynn, Daniel Robb, California College of the Arts/Architecture, San Francisco, CA
  • Johannes Feder, Principals: Barbara Wilkes and Alex Washburn, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture, New York City, NY
  • Max Gunawan, McCall Design Group, San Francisco, CA
  • Kohei Kashimoto and Mari Matsumoto, Kohei Kashimoto Design Studio, Osaka, Japan
  • Joe Macdonald, Principal; Todd Richard, Christian Werthmann, Jason Halaby, Urban A+O, Cambridge, MA
  • Keith Mitnick, Mireille Roddier, Stewart Hicks, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

To review a copy of the press release, click here.
To read today's article about the competition in the San Francisco Chronicle, click here.

About the Grove and the Design Competition

The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a seven-acre dell in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, a living tribute to all whose lives have been touched by AIDS. It is the only federally designated AIDS Memorial in the United States.

The Grove is a place where people gather to heal, hope, and remember. The goal of this competition is to identify an outstanding artistic complement to the Grove's award-winning landscape, an icon that will deepen, both visually and spiritually, the visitor's experience of this important environment. The winning design will be inherently egalitarian, expressing the cross-cultural and global impact of the AIDS pandemic, while honoring those who have died and those who have shared their struggle.

Honorary Committee (partial list)
Co-chairs: Judith Light and Barbra Streisand
Aaron and Chrissy Brody, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, US Senator Dianne Feinstein, Stanlee Gatti, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Bill T. Jones, Jack Lenor Larsen, Norman and Lyn Lear, California Assemblyman Mark Leno, Armistead Maupin, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, US Congressperson Nancy Pelosi, David Rockwell, Sharon Stone and Robin Williams.

Competition Committee
Co-chairs: Ken Ruebush and Thom Weyand
Stephen Arnn, Margarita Gandia, Gary Hutton, Ayse Manyas Kenmore, Paul Loeffler, Marsha Raulston, Neal Schwartz, Jeff Wiggins.