Flight 93 National memorial

The Flight 93 National Memorial is a 2,200-acre national park to commemorate the heroic actions of the 40 passengers and crew who prevented a terrorist attack on our nation’s capital. In September 2005, the Flight 93 Advisory Commission selected the design proposal from the team of Paul Murdoch Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects from among 1,100 entries. The design transforms the site – a former reclaimed strip mine – to a place of environmental and symbolic healing. The design creates a memorial landscape, moving visitors through a composition of open spaces defined by site walls, planting, walkways and courts, gateways and building elements. The centerpiece of the master plan is the Sacred Ground, at the edge of the Field of Honor and embraced by an allee of red maples backed by 40 Memorial Groves.

Aerial photography of the Flight 93 National Memorial site
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While on a walkabout alone at the Flight 93 National Memorial, Paul Murdoch took these photographs when the park was closed during a nor’easter on the first day of Spring.
A common field one day... A field of honor forever
The design is a simple and beautiful expression that sets the stage for understanding the actions of the 40 passengers and crew members and the impact their actions had on history.

—Stage II Competition Jury


Location: Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Owner: National Park Service
Commissioned: 2005
Phase 1 Completed: 2011
Phase 2 Completed: 2015
Phase 3 Completion: 2018


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Paul Murdoch
Milena Murdoch
Olek Novak-Zemplinski
Eric Cunningham
Dean Perton
Kin Lee
Victor Garcia
Charles Lee
Will Longyear
Peter Rindelaub
Chris Feldman
Juan Garcia
Luv Khot
Grit Liepert


2017 WAN Concrete in Architecture Award
2017 Los Angeles Business Council Architecture Award of Excellence, Beyond LA
2015 LEED© Gold, U.S. Green Building Council
2015 Merit Award, American Institute of Architects California Chapter
2012 Architects of Healing Honor Award, American Institute of Architects
2010 Designing for Parks Merit Award for Master Planning, National Park Service
2005 First Place from 1,100 entrants, International Competition Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission


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