The Landscape Architect’s Guide to

Washington, D.C.

The National Mall & Memorial Parks

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Your Guide
Susan Spain, ASLA

Shockingly different than memorials until that time, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become a place of healing – meeting the four basic criteria of the design competition: that it be reflective and contemplative in character; that it harmonize with its surroundings; that it contain the names of all or died or remain missing; and that it make no political statement. It was designed to be a park within a park and reflect its surroundings as well as the people looking at the names inscribed on it. The evocative design consists of a black granite wall, a V-shaped gash in the ground with one arm directed toward the Lincoln Memorial and the other toward the Washington Monument.

Learn more about the history of the Vietnam War Memorial.


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Carla Corbin June 18, 2013 5:15 PM
Ms. Martin is correct: Arnold Associates was the landscape architecture firm that worked with Maya Lin and with the architects of record, Cooper Lecky Partnership, to develop the design and see it through to realization. Mary Pat Hogan, in the Arnold office, was most directly involved in the design development and construction phases. Joe Brown of EDAW was landscape architect for a latter phase when the flag and statues were added, with associated changes to the paths and paving; Sheila Brady was the project LA.
Heather Martin September 19, 2012 3:30 PM
If this is a landscape architect's guide, you might consider including information (at least in the history section) about the landscape architecture firm involved in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that was also involved in the location and design of the plaque. That firm is Arnold Associates.
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