NewSchool students publish the 2012 edition of Cartouche

Latest issue of student led publication focuses on the architects of monuments and memorials


NewSchool students publish the 2012 edition of Cartouche

The 2012 edition of Cartouche, a student publication of NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), highlights the role of designers and architects in creating memorials, with a special focus on the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

Samantha Winland, a student in the Master of Architecture program at NSAD, wrote the memorial-themed stories for Cartouche based on interviews with Paul Murdoch of Paul Murdoch Architects, designer of the Flight 93 National Memorial, and Hans and Torrey Butzer of Butzer Gardner Architects, designers of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania commemorates those who lost their lives on one of the planes commandeered by terrorists in the 9/11 attacks. The Oklahoma City memorial honors those lost in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The articles in this edition of Cartouche explore the importance of community input on sensitive projects and evaluate how design can contribute to the healing process. For example, Oklahoma City residents did not want the city to tear down a fence where mementos and tributes to the victims had been placed. As a result, the fence was incorporated into the overall design of the memorial.

Cartouche is a forum for the expression of ideas and a showcase for the talents of NSAD students, faculty members, and the broader San Diego community. The Cartouche faculty advisor is Joe C. Nicholson, who also brings his expertise in memorial design to this year’s publication. Nicholson and 1999 NSAD alumna Shari Grant were among six finalists in the international competition to design the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The new edition of Cartouche also includes articles about the NSAD Alumni Mentorship Program, as well as highlights from two of this year’s NSAD guest lecturers: Robert Ivy, the executive vice president/chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects and Joshua Prince-Ramus, of REX Architecture. NSAD alumnus Soeren Wegener wrote an article on the Sustainable North Park Main Street project in the San Diego community of North Park. The two-year project involved seven 2010 NSAD graduates, including Wegener, who contributed to the development of a sustainable planning initiative in collaboration with architecture and design professionals.

Cartouche is available online at