David Rockefeller, Visionary Behind Original World Trade Center, to Serve as Honorary Jury Member
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation today announced the selection of a distinguished panel of jury members to evaluate and review entries in the international World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition. The jury will be comprised of thirteen individuals representing various points of view-- including world renowned artists and architects, a family member, a Lower Manhattan resident and business owner, representatives of the Governor and Mayor, and other prominent arts and cultural professionals. In addition, David Rockefeller, prominent philanthropist, distinguished statesman, long-time leader in the downtown business community, and visionary behind the World Trade Center, will serve as an honorary member of the jury. During the first stage of the two-stage competition, members of the jury will review anonymous submissions and select finalists. During the second stage, the finalists will further develop their design proposals, which the LMDC will reveal to the public while the jury continues to deliberate. The jury will select a winning design in fall 2003. Registration for the competition will begin on April 28, 2003 with the release of the competition guidelines, at which time the LMDC will launch a new website and a global outreach campaign. The competition will be open to adults 18 years of age or older, without regard to nationality or professional accreditation. The LMDC will bear the costs of administering the competition, and competitors will be required to submit a registration fee of $25, which will be used toward the creation of the memorial. All competitors must register before the deadline of May 29, 2003. LMDC Chairman John C. Whitehead said, “These outstanding professionals from a broad range of backgrounds and diverse points of view are all deeply committed to the creation of a beautiful and fitting memorial. Their expertise and experience will prove invaluable in searching out the very best ideas and designs which we expect to receive from around the world. We are proud to have them guide this most important international competition. Additionally, I would like to thank everyone who brought this process to fruition; the members of the memorial mission and program committees, and Lewis Eisenberg, Tom Johnson and Deborah Wright for all of their work with the Families Advisory Council.” LMDC Interim President Kevin M. Rampe said, “This distinguished jury has been entrusted with selecting a design for the World Trade Center site that appropriately expresses the principles outlined in the competition guidelines. Their decision will be informed by public opinion as well as the extensive work already carried out by our Families Advisory Council. I thank them for offering their experience and talent to our process and am confident that they will successfully accomplish this difficult and sensitive task.” Jurors will be instructed to evaluate the designs based on how they express the mission statement and program, as set forth in the competition guidelines. The mission statement describes the purpose of the memorial, while the program describes the principles that the memorial must embody and the elements it must feature to be considered in the competition. The mission statement and program were released for public comment from January 8, 2003 through February 2, 2003, and revised based on more than 2,000 comments received during that period. The drafts were developed by two separate committees, convened by the LMDC and comprised of family members, residents, survivors, first responders, arts and architecture professionals and community leaders. The committees premised their work on an initial memorial mission statement and program developed by the LMDC Families Advisory Council last spring. The jury will take part in a series of forums in which the public can express opinions on how elements in the mission and program should be incorporated into the winning design. The forums, to be held this summer, will ensure that the jury is informed of the public’s aspirations with regard to the memorial, while entrusting jury members with the ultimate responsibility of selecting a final design. The following thirteen individuals were selected to sit on the jury for the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition: Paula Grant Berry
Paula Grant Berry serves on the LMDC Families Advisory Council and was a Memorial Program Drafting Committee member. Her husband, David Berry, was killed in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Ms. Grant Berry graduated from Harvard University in 1979 and received her MBA from the Columbia University Business School in 1988. She has held several executive positions in publishing and marketing including Doubleday, the Economist, Newsweek, Gruner & Jahr and Scholastic. Ms. Grant Berry is a resident of Brooklyn where she lives with her three children. Paula Grant Berry said, “I consider it a great privilege and responsibility to represent the families of both the September 11 and the 1993 victims on the memorial jury. Nothing we do, of course, will ever replace what we lost that tragic day. But by choosing a fitting memorial, we can honor the lives, spirits and the courage of our loved ones. I will work my hardest to ensure that the memorial helps us all find the peace and meaning we are seeking.” Susan Freedman
Susan Freedman is the President of the Public Art Fund. She currently serves as a representative on the Board of the Museum of Modern Art, as well as on the Boards of the Municipal Art Society, the Eldridge Street Project, WNYC Radio, and as Secretary of the Board for the City Parks Foundation. Ms. Freedman is the recipient of the 1999 Associates of the Art Commission Annual Award, and was selected as one of four finalists for the North American MontBlanc de la Culture Award in 1994. Prior to her current position, Ms. Freedman served as the Assistant to Mayor Edward I. Koch and Director of Special Projects and Events for the Arts Commission of the City of New York. Susan Freedman said, “This is an endeavor of national, international and historic significance. We should work to create a public space of which we are proud and one that speaks to future generations. I am honored to serve on the jury and humbled by the enormity of the challenge.” Vartan Gregorian, Ph.D.
Dr. Vartan Gregorian is the President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Prior to his current position, he served for nine years as the sixteenth president of Brown University. Dr. Gregorian is the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania (1974-1978), and served as the twenty-third provost of the University until 1981. For eight years (1981-1989), he served as the Presi