The students worked in pairs
to complete eight designs for the international competition sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha,
a black fraternity of which Dr. King was a member.
13, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.)
Sixteen University of Kentucky architecture students have a dream of designing the Martin
Luther King Jr. National Memorial, to be built in 2002 between the Lincoln and Jefferson
memorials at the U.S. Capitol.
a semester-long project under the guidance of architecture professor Michaele Pride-Wells,
the students worked in pairs to complete eight designs for the international competition
sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha, a black fraternity of which King was a member.
first-place winner will receive $20,000 and have his or her design built in honor of the
celebrated civil-rights leader. Contest results will be announced June 15.
the students are competing against professional architects from around the world,
Pride-Wells said they have a legitimate chance to win.
professionals do this in addition to the work that they do to sustain themselves. The
students have a unique advantage because they dedicated a semester to the work, she
noted that in 1980, 21-year-old Yale architecture student Maya Lei won a similar
competition for her design of the Vietnam Memorial.
weavings inspire one of the designs. Another allows sunlight to project the words of Kings
I have a dream speech onto those standing nearby. A third uses a bridge motif
to symbolize the social, historical and political implications of King. All of the designs
are abstracted interpretations of the contests theme The Man, the Movement,
and drawings are on display beginning Wednesday at the Downtown Design Center, 106 East
Main St., Lexington.