National Ideas Competition for Washington Monument Grounds by STEM, 2011

STEM is a design collective consisting of three women designers/friends/former classmates, Jessica Dunn, Dominique Dupont, and Kristina Guist. Our work lives take us in many different directions in many varying sectors of the landscape architecture profession, so we decided in early 2011 to work together as a design collective/design force in order to keep the limitless, imaginative creative process alive and well.

Our entry for the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds was selected as a semi-finalist, one out of 25 other entries chosen from over 500 international and national entries. From the WAMO competition website: “The purpose of the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds is to encourage Americans of all ages to develop innovative and creative ideas for making the Washington Monument grounds more welcoming, educational, and effectively used by the public. The idea for this Competition came out of a realization that while the Washington Monument is the defining feature of the Washington DC skyline and the centerpiece of the National Mall, at ground level its vast open space remains unfinished and underutilized. Currently, there is no consensus as to what role the Monument grounds should play in the future. The Competition will spur public interest in George Washington, the Revolution, and other chapters in the American story. The Competition will join legacy and future, historical context and contemporary thinking, and engage a lively debate about the 21st century use ofthis symbolic landscape in the civic life of our democracy.” For more information about the competition, please visit:

We did not make the finalist cut; however we were contacted recently by the Director of the National Building Museum in Washington DC requesting to include our work in an upcoming erxhibition called “Unbuilt Washington.” From the National Building Museum’s website: “Unbuilt Washington will feature unrealized proposals for noteworthy architectural and urban design projects in Washington, D.C., from the 1790s to the present. The exhibition will include original drawings, full-size reproductions, computer renderings, and models. Opening in November 2011, it will be on view for approximately six months and will occupy the National Building Museum’s premier gallery space.” For more information on the exhibition, please visit:

National Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds and the National Building Museum

Idea Competition, Landscape Architecture, Design