Design team presentations for January 8th Memorial

    April 2, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Arizona History Museum
    949 East 2nd Street
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    January 8th Design Teams
    January 8th Design Teams
    JANUARY 8 MEMORIAL: PUBLIC MEETING ON 4/2The four design team finalists for Tucson’s January 8th Memorial will present their preliminary visions for a permanent commemorative memorial and master plan for El Presidio Park, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Arizona History Museum’s auditorium, 949 E. 2nd Street.

    Each of the four teams will present their ideas with visual descriptions and renderings. The finalists are:

    • CSAO (Chee Salette Architecture Office) with Rebeca Méndez Design, ag Licht, and Swan/Starts
    • HOK
    • Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
    • Logan Simpson Design

    A determination of the designer to be awarded the January 8 Memorial commission is expected to be made in early May 2015.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Standing room only at AHM tonight to hear the 4 design teams present their proposed memorials at El Presidio Park. Chee Salette created symbols of each of the 6 victims plus native designs into a cascading water memorial at “The Plaza” with an enduring “The Embrace” symbol; HOK Chicago proposed 6 pillars, with glow in the dark tiles and a canopy overhead, Ibarra Rosano designed a serpentine flow of metal “beacons of light” into the park, plus numerous lit poles at the memorial site; Logan Simpson created an oval gathering place, with a ring of survivors canopy shaped from flames/petals. Intriguing architectural designs and concepts, will be a difficult decision within a month for the 11 member Selection Panel. All info plus comments welcome at


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