Winning design, "People's Heartbeat," by Christine M. Williams.

Christine M. Williams, with Albuquerque design firm Garrett Smith Ltd., has won the limited design competition for a memorial to be constructed on UNM's north campus. The site for this memorial, to commemorate deceased former faculty members of the School of Medicine, will be in an area near the "Canyon Garden" on the UNM Health Sciences Center campus.

In July 2014, the School of Medicine begins a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of its first entering class. An overarching theme, "it's all about the people" acknowledges the central role of the dedicated faculty in the success and recognition of the School of Medicine. A capstone event of the celebration will be the dedication of the completed outdoor memorial.

Other finalists for the competition were Javan Chapple, in association with The Design Group of NM, and Ben Ortega, in association with SMPC Architects. Also formally recognized for their design submissions and receiving Citation Awards were Meredith Ellis and Andrew Bernard.

Philip Eaton, emeritus vice president of the UNM Health Sciences Center, said, "This memorial captures the imagination of children through grandparents in a comforting celebration of people and the human body. The landscape sculpture will be a destination for visitors of all ages throughout the years to come."

Sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine, the competition was organized by the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, and took place over four months. A total of $17,000 in prize money has been awarded. Eligible competitors included members of the AIA/NM Young Architects Forum, currently enrolled graduate students at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, and emerging professionals in architecture and landscape architecture in New Mexico.

The jurors for the design competition were Gene Dyer, AIA, architect; Robert Doran, AIA, university architect; Geoff Adams, AIA, director, UNM architecture program; Alf Simon, FCSLA; associate dean, UNM School of Architecture and Planning; and Laura J. Hall, Dr. Philip Eaton, and Dr. Jeffrey Griffith, representing the School of Medicine. Roger Schluntz, FAIA, served as professional adviser.

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