Cold War Veterans Memorial International Design Competition

The international design competition by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library located in Chicago invites designers to submit design concepts for the new Cold War Veterans Memorial in Somers, Wisconsin. This Memorial will be a critical piece of the Pritzker Archives and Memorial Park Center (PAMPC) currently under development. Design submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2021.

The conflict Veterans Memorial’s intention is to make permanent recognition that stimulates ongoing thought and study that honors American military and civilians who served and sacrificed during the conflict era (1945-1991). In line with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission, the conflict Veterans Memorial aims to extend the general public understanding of military history.

“The Memorial are going to be a publicly accessible display where citizens can honor, reflect and study the bravery and sacrifice showed further the liberty that our country enjoys,” states Donald J. Stastny, FAIA, Competition Manager. The contestants are going to be required to supply a conceptual design that not only embraces the mission and vision of the Memorial, but also is a visible attraction for future visitors.”

Design Competition

The design competition may be a juried, two-stage process lasting from April to October 2021, with the results announced publicly in November 2021.

Stage I is an open involve design concepts for the memorial, which can be submitted electronically. The jury will evaluate the concepts during a blind review and choose four to 6 finalists to participate in Stage II.

In Stage II, the selected finalists will evolve their concepts for the Memorial to create fully defined designs. All information on the design competition, including the design manual, process, regulations, and directions on how to submit designs, can be found at

Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center

The PAMPC was created out of a need for additional space to house some of the circulating book collection and the archival collections of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and will be completed in phases over an estimated ten years.

The first phase of the project will include the Pritzker Military Archives Center to house the collections and provide workspace for the continued curation for future exhibits; Commercial Archives based on demand where private collectors, public institutions, and others may store their archives; the Midwest Firearms Education & Training Center; a Community Green Space expertly landscaped with walking and biking paths; and the Cold War Veterans Memorial.

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