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Competition Q&A

These Q&As will be updated on a rolling basis. To submit a question to the competition manager, email

Q1. Do you have to be a Native American in order to enter?
A1. No. Per section 3.1 of the Competition Regulations, the Competition is open to "professionals, university-level students, and other interested people over the age of eighteen.”

Q2. Where on the grounds of the museum will the memorial be located?
A2. As described in the “Memorial Site” section on page 9 of the Competition Manual, there is not a pre-selected site for the memorial and it is up to each entrant to select a site on the grounds for his or her design.

Q3. How much does it cost to enter?
A3. Per section 1.4 of the Competition Regulations, “A nonrefundable entry fee of $50 must be paid for each design entry at the time of submittal.”

Q4: The Manual states the Memorial should not include names of those who served. Would I be able to include Medal of Honor recipients’ names, actions, and tribe? Or, only name and combat citation that is officially listed?
A4: The Project Specifications on page six of the Competition Manual state, “The memorial shall not include names of those who served nor should it contain specific tribal community names, seals, flags or other specific tribe identification.” And the evaluation criteria includes adherence to the project specifications (reference section 6.1 of the Competition Regulations).

Q5: Can I use vignettes of each major conflict or specific actions to recognize the participation from each tribe?
A5: The use of vignettes is up to the discretion of the designer, however, design concepts should adhere to the project specifications and not contain specific tribe identification.

Q6: Will it be possible to redo the landscaping in the southeast corner of the site?
A6: Alteration to the landscape is not expressly prohibited, but “major alterations will require careful consideration” per the Project Specifications on page six of the Competition Manual.

Q7: Is there public access to the roof? Can the roof be a location for the memorial?
A7: No, the roof is not publically accessible. Placement of the memorial on the roof is not expressly prohibited, but the roof is not publically accessible and major alterations to the building require careful consideration per the Project Specifications as NMAI’s building and grounds are contributing elements to the National Mall.

Q8: Can traditional methods of construction be used?
A8: Yes, as long as the concept adheres to the project specifications.

Q9: On the pdf, does the sum total of words on the page = 250? Does that include the title and photo captions?
A9: Title and photo captions are not included in the 250-word maximum narrative.

Q10: Is there a complete Site Plan (not pieced together on two sheets) that can be issued in a high quality?
A10: The Site Plan can be downloaded from the ABOUT section of this competition website.

Q11: What is the scale used for the topography lines shown on the Site Plan?
A11: The topo lines are .25-foot increments.

Q12: The Manual mentions that there are 40 Grandfather rocks that must remain in their location, is there any way of getting a comprehensive plan of the rock locations?
A12: The majority of the Grandfather Rocks are located within the water feature that runs along the north side of the site. Others are found at the two pedestrian entrances to the museum (near the intersection of Jefferson Drive and 4th Street and at Maryland Avenue between the Cropland and Wetland areas), and scattered throughout the Forest and Wetland areas.