National Pulse Memorial & Museum International Design Competition



Sponsor: onePULSE Foundation

Type: open, international, two-phase (RfQ)

Location: Orlando, Florida

Professional Adviser: Dovetail Design Strategists, LLC

Eligibility: Open to architects across the globe. Architects will be required to form and lead a multi-disciplinary team to include urban design, landscape design and

exhibition design professionals. The inclusion of an artist is strongly encouraged.

Fees: None

Language: English and Spanish


25 March 2019 – Competition launch

30 April 2019 (15:00 EST) Stage I RFQ submissions due

Up to six architect-led design teams will be selected to participate in Stage II

of the Design Competition and an honorarium of $50,000 will be paid to each

of the shortlisted teams who have met onePULSE’s Stage II requirements, payable upon selection of a winning team.

Design Challenge:

On June 12, 2016 the largest and deadliest act of violence affecting LGBTQ+ people, and one of the deadliest terrorist attacks by a single gunman in modern American history occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A total of 49 people’s lives were taken that night, 68 others were injured and hundreds were left permanently affected from the trauma.

In the aftermath, the Orlando community and the world came together to prove that love will overcome fear and hatred. Under this banner, the onePULSE Foundation, an educational nonprofit, was created to memorialize this tragedy and ensure that Pulse’s legacy of love, acceptance and hope will never be lost.


The National Pulse Memorial & Museum International Design Competition challenges architects to create an iconic Memorial & Museum, including a pedestrian pathway called Survivors Walk in Orlando, Florida on the site of the Pulse nightclub and nearby properties. The National Pulse Memorial will be a

sanctuary of hope and healing, the Pulse Museum will educate, enlighten, inspire reflection and start conversations that will change mindsets. Survivors Walk will trace the three-block journey many victims and survivors took the night of the tragedy to get to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Together these three distinct elements will be a tribute to all those affected, will engage and educate visitors from around the world, and will serve as a catalyst for positive change.

The Jury includes:

  • Mayra Alvear, Victim’s Liaison, Mother of Amanda Alvear, Task Force Advisory Council, onePULSE
  • Earl Crittenden, Chair, Board of Trustees onePULSE, GrayRobinson, P.A.
  • Yolande Daniels, Principal, studioSUMO
  • Mayor Jerry Demings, Orange County, Florida
  • Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando, Florida
  • Hilary Lewis, Board of Trustees onePULSE, Chief Curator & Creative Director, The Glass House
  • Teresa Jacobs, School Board Chair, Orange County Public Schools, former Orange County Mayor
  • George Kalogridis, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees onePULSE, President, Walt Disney World
  • Ricardo J. Negron-Almodovar, Survivor, Service Legal Coordinator, Latino Justice Southeast Office
  • Barbara Poma, Owner, Pulse Nightclub, Founder & CEO of onePULSE
  • Laurinda Spear, Principal, Arquitectonica
  • Sarah Whiting, Dean, Rice University School of Architecture, Principal WW Architecture
  • Susanna Sirefman, Competition Director and Jury Advisor, President, Dovetail Design Strategists