Studio Libeskind Museum Tower
 Arch 454/554

 Vertical Design Studio

Spring 2020

National Pulse Memorial & Museum

Instructor: Bruce Haglund <>

Course Requirements

The course is being offered as a vertical studio. 


Your project’s concept is not the form, shape, or floor-plan; it is much better to frame it as a question that you are trying to answer.—Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang

Project Brief

[Sustainability] is going to take forever. And that’s the point.—William McDonough

COMPETITION OVERVIEW The National Pulse Memorial & Museum International Design Competition, developed and led by Dovetail Design Strategists, the country’s leading independent architect selection firm, launched on March 25, 2019, and was structured in two stages.

Stage I was an open call—where architects from across the globe were invited to form and lead a visionary, multi-disciplinary team to include urban design, landscape design, and exhibition design professionals, as well as artists. The competition attracted 68 teams representing 19 countries. In total, 168 firms and 47 individual artists participated on those teams. A selection committee of onePULSE Foundation stakeholders chose six world-class teams that strongly displayed empathetic sensibilities and a deep understanding of the complexity of this project.

Stage II. These six shortlisted teams were invited to participate in Stage II of the competition where they were asked to develop concept designs that make one message clear: We will not let hate win.

Full competition info at

Your Challenge is to work as the project architecture team to develop one of the short-listed designs to a buildable project. The winning team announcement declared, "The winning team’s concept design serves as a starting point for discussion and a basis for the design but is not the final, finished memorial and museum. Over the next year, Coldefy with RDAI | HHCP will work to further refine the designs so they can best reflect community feedback."
In a similar vein, your team will take your assigned project beyond concept to schematic design while maintaining the concept and meeting criteria for Architecture 2030 and addressing the AIA-declared Climate Crisis.

Our question is, "How can you build sustainably in Central Florida?"

Project Resources

Wood for humid climates:    


   The other goals for your project are:

The importance of building for a sustainable, perhaps regenerative future is driven home by a wide variety of advocates—from Arup to Architecture2030, to the UIA World Congress 2050 Imperative, to the 2016 Paris Accord (the US is still a participant until 2020), to Pope Francis who in his 2015 Encyclical urges us to act, "I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity. As the bishops of Southern Africa have stated: “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation.” All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents." 

Architecture 2030’s 2030 Palette will provide design guidance to help answer, "Can you design a building that will resonate with future conditions of its local environment and the needs of the global community?"


Bullitt Center Benchmarking

NAAB Requirements

This course aims to meet the NAAB Student Performance Criteria in Realm A, Critical Thinking and Representation, and Realm B, Building Practices, Technical Skills, and Knowledge.

Realm A: Critical Thinking and Representation. Graduates from NAAB-accredited programs must be able to build abstract relationships and understand the impact of ideas based on the study and analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental contexts. Graduates must also be able to use a diverse range of skills to think about and convey architectural ideas, including writing, investigating, speaking, drawing, and modeling.

Student learning aspirations for realm A include:

Realm B: Building Practices, Technical Skills, and Knowledge. Graduates from NAAB-accredited programs must be able to comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems, and materials and be able to apply that comprehension to architectural solutions. In addition, the impact of such decisions on the environment must be well considered.

Student learning aspirations for realm B include:

 See pages 15-17 of NAAB's 2014 Conditions for details.     


Project Teams

Team DSR
Mohit Atchakolu, Hector Valdez, Vincent Galindo
Team Libeskind
Mark Finlinson, Brooke Collaer, Rami Barbour
Megan Pape, Olamide Olorunkosebi, Oashan Shrestha
Mai Pham, Trinity Dion, Dakota Jones
Team Heneghan-Peng
not assigned
Team Coldefy
not assigned



Bruce will be happy to critique anyone on any day after the scheduled crits!

  Monday Wednesday Friday
Jan 13 No class
15 Studio Intro/Organization
17 Research Assignment
  20 MLK Day
No Class
22 Desk Crits  24 Conceptual Design Presentation
Red Room  
  27 Desk Crits 29  Desk Crits  31 Desk Crits 
Feb 3 Desk Crits  5 Desk Crits  7 Climate/Site Crit
Shop Crit....Hala
  10  Desk Crits  12  Desk Crits  14 Desk Crits 
  17  Presidents Day
No class
19 Desk Crits  21 Structure Crit
3:30 Red Room...Carolina
  24 Desk Crits 26 Desk Crits  28 Desk Crits 
Mar 2  Desk Crits  Desk Crits  6 Enclosure Crit
Shop Crit...Diane
  9 Desk Crits  11 Desk Crits  13  Desk Crits  


  16  Spring 18  Break 20   No class
  23 Desk Crits  25 Desk Crits  27  Integration Crit 1
Red Room...Hala + Omar
5:00 Kiel Moe, Clearwater
Apr 30  Desk Crits  1 Desk Crits  3 Desk Crits

6  Desk Crits 

8  Desk Crits 
10 Integration Crit 2 
Shop Crit...Scott

13  Desk Crits 

15  Desk Crits 

17  Desk Crits

  20 Desk Crits  22 Desk Crits  24 Penultimate Design Presentation 
Shop Crit...Phil
  27 Desk Crits 29 Desk Crits 1 Desk Crits
May 4 Crit Week   6 Final Design Presentations
8 Debrief/Celebrate
  10 Finals Week 12  No Final


Archival Projects

Fall 2019 
Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art
The Graph
Matt Vollendorf
Noah Jensen
Evan Woodworth
Mack Intervened
Kristin Williams
Mars Cantrell
Justin Gandy
Tree House
Gabby Keim
Vincent Galindo
Luke Whitbeck
Brendan Lempesis
Tyler McCurdy
Will Huynh

Spring 2019 
Musical Performance on the Palouse
Leah Bafus Jackson Miller Lauren Johnson
Mai-Anh Doan Gaelle Sawadogo Beniya Shakya


Fall 2018 
Palouse Prairie Charter School: 
Safe and Sustainable
Aura Kangasniemi
Kayla Duclos
Nick Grover
Mae Baja
Kia Terho
Karlee Peterson
Abby Korn
Jackson Miller
Catherine Flerchinger
Kade Hern
Garrett Lyons
Lauren Johnson
Nate Wilde
Esmeralda Deloera
Alex Nelson
Samantha Jesser
Zhimin Zhu


Spring 2018 
Southmere Village Library, Thamesmead
Shudan He
Baoning Sun
Gaelle Sawadogo
Haonan Xu
Giovani Florenca
Chase Macaw
Nicole Collie
Becca Behrens
Deaona Swager
Adam Harfman
Addy Nolan