UA alum wins WWI memorial design competition

Design rendering of The Weight of Sacrifice, a WWI memorial designed by UA graduate Joseph Weishaar.


A UA graduate has won an international competition to design a World War I memorial that will soon be installed in the nation’s capital.

A design by Joseph Weishaar, 25, who graduated from the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and the Honors College in 2013, was selected out of 350 submissions for a memorial to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the war.

Weishaar’s piece, commissioned by the United States World War One Centennial Commission, is called The Weight of Sacrifice, and is expected to cost between $30-35 million to construct.

The structure will be constructed in Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.

Weishaar designed The Weight of Sacrifice with Sabin Howard, a sculptor in New York. The full professional team that will implement the design concept includes Baltimore architectural firm GWWO Inc., Phoebe Lickwar (an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Arkansas), and engineering consultants Henry Adams LLC, Keast & Hood and VBH.

The finished memorial is expected to be finished by Nov. 2018, in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.