Student Winner in Papal Design Contest to Be Announced January 28

January 26, 2008

The winning entry in a competition to design the altar, papal chair and pulpit to be used during Pope Benedict XVI’s April 17 Mass at Nationals Park will be announced:

Monday, January 28, 2008
1:00 p.m.
Edward M. Crough Center
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

(Media must register with the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.)

Students from The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning submitted 21 designs in a design charrette, or competition, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington in partnership with the architecture and planning school. Students had less than one week to develop and execute scale models of their concepts. The entries, including the models, will be on display at the Crough Center for a week.

The winner of the contest will work with the architecture faculty to fine-tune the design and then will construct the altar for the Papal Mass at the Crough Center. The winner also will receive a $1,500 prize. The second-place winner will receive $1,000 and five honorable mention winners each will receive $500.

The entries were judged by a panel of four representatives from the Archdiocese of Washington on January 24. The contest was spearheaded by Monsignor Barry C. Knestout, vicar for administration of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Randall Ott, dean of the school of architecture and planning.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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