Finalists’ presentations for proposed Tucson January 8th Memorial




Please join us on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Arizona History Museum (949 E. 2nd Street) for brief presentations by the four finalists for Tucson’s January 8th Memorial, and an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and ideas.

The finalists are the team of CSAO (Chee Salette Architecture Office), Rebeca Méndez Design, ag Licht, and Swan/Starts; HOK; Ibarra Rosano Design Architects; and Logan Simpson Design.

The finalists are entering the second phase of the design competition, which is to develop a preliminary memorial design. The January 13th meeting is an opportunity for the finalists to hear from community members before they begin this design process.

The meeting format is a 10-minute presentation by each finalist of bios and qualifications followed by a comment portion, allowing 3 minutes for each speaker desiring to provide input. Please join us to share your thoughts and ideas.   (Message above from Tucson Pima Arts Council).

Carolyn’s Note: The proposed site for this January 8th memorial is downtown at El Presidio Park west of  the Old Pima County Courthouse, 115 N. Church, soon to be vacated by the Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts.  Other sites considered were the Safeway where the Tucson Tragedy mass shooting occurred, as well as UMC hospital  (now UAMC), where many of the victims were treated.

More at:   Tucson’s January 8th Foundation website:

Their mission: Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation was established to develop a memorial to remember the tragic shooting that occurred in Tucson, Arizona on that date in 2011 and to commemorate the extraordinary community response.

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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. Fascinating presentations by these 4 design/landscape architect firms about their previous projects all over the world, their connections to Tucson (if any) and their dedication to preserving and honoring the memories of those killed and injured on 1/8/11. Chee Salette of LA has designed a crime victims memorial in Orange County, CA and other high rise buildings; Dominic Salpietra of HO+K of Chicago has in-laws in Tucson, having graduated from UA; the local team of Ibarra/Rosano had the most home grown staff being born here; and Logan Simpson in Tempe has a desert feeling for park renovations having done a few in Phoenix area. 6 speakers from the community spoke about the act of Democracy that was attacked that day (Congress on your Corner), “vulnerability and fragility” after gun violence, TMY security & lighting in the park, remembering & caring for lost friends, the flow of life in the desert (without use of water), and mental illness aspects. Stay tuned for the memorial designs by these teams. 1/8/11 shooting victim Pam Simon was in attendance, as well as E.D. of Beyond-Tucson Michelle Crow,and former PCDP Chair Don Jorgensen.

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