The 11th Street Bridge Park Design Competition

OMA + OLIN Design Selected for the 11th Street Bridge Park!

After a seven month nationwide design competition, we are pleased to announce OMA + OLIN as the selected design team for the 11th Street Bridge Park, DC’s first elevated park over the Anacostia River! See their innovative designs below for this new civic space. Read the press release here.

Meet the Winning Design Team!

Jason Long, OMA


Jason Long joined OMA in 2003 and has been based in OMA New York since 2007. After acting as a key member of OMA’s Rotterdam–based think tank, AMO he served as project architect and project manager for many of OMA's cultural projects in the Americas including the Quebec National Beaux-Arts Museum, the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach and the Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, New York. He has longstanding experience with public space planning, from his early involvement in AMO strategic masterplans for Beijing Preservation and Shanghai Planning to the recent winning competition scheme for the Miami Beach Convention Center District. In addition, Long has overseen a number of residential projects in the US, including the Transbay 8 tower in San Francisco. Jason was also an Associate Editor of Content (Taschen 2004) and a Visiting Critic at Cornell University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Vassar College, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.


Hallie Boyce, Olin


A Partner since 2009, Hallie Boyce has seventeen years of experience in the field of landscape architecture and urban design. Her focus is the design of places in the public realm that promote community building and public health through the engagement of urban ecologies and natural systems. Her expertise in cultural landscapes includes the design of the new U.S. Embassy and Cubitt Square at King’s Cross Station in London, a vision plan for Franklin Park in Washington DC and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. In 2012 she led the design of the winning entry for the Washington Monument Grounds at the Sylvan Theater. Recently realized projects include the Spirit of Women Park and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Children’s Garden in Columbus, Ohio and the landscape for the University of California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. Hallie has also worked on the design of private estates in Virginia, Wyoming and France.

Hallie is currently an adjunct studio critic for the graduate Urban Lands studio at Temple University. Previously she co-led Studio Slavonice for three years at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design which explored the idea of catalytic landscapes that sustainably transform rural towns along the Czech-Austrian border. She has also been a visiting critic at the University of Virginia and a guest critic at Morgan State University. Hallie holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Art in Art History from Bucknell University.

Final Designs are In!

As part of a six month nationwide design competition, the 11th Street Bridge Park is thrilled to receive design concepts from four nationally recognized design teams. Landscape architects, architects and structural engineers have spent the summer envisioning Washington D.C.’s first elevated public park on the foundations of an old freeway bridge spanning the Anacostia River. Review the renderings below and help the judges decide by participating in a short survey. The results will be shared with the Design Competition Jury as it considers the final team selection in October.

Four Design Teams Selected for Stage III Competition


We are pleased to announce the four design teams who will begin the creative work envisioning our new civic space over the Anacostia River.

Selected from a group of over 80 design firms across the U.S., these talented landscape architects, architects and structural engineers will manifest community inspired programming concepts into full drawings and renderings. We are thrilled with these innovative and gifted teams who represent some of the best designers in country and commend our brilliant Jury for their choice.

Each of these teams below will receive $25,000 stipends as they begin translating ideas into a physical place. Their designs will be submitted in early September and featured on our website and in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and the District Architecture Center for public input. A final 11th Street Bridge Park design will be chosen in mid-October. The 11th Street Bridge Park Stage III design teams are:

Balmori Associates / Cooper,  Robertson & Partners




Stoss Landscape Urbanism / Höweler + Yoon Architecture


Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects / Magnusson Klemencic Associates


On Tuesday, June 10, our four design teams shared examples of their work and described their approach to this exciting project. The above videos are from that event. 

Please click on the links above to see the full design teams assembled.

Design Competition Gallery

Below are some design examples from the firms that were chosen to create full renderings of the 11th Street Bridge Park. We will share their final designs in early September when ready.

  • 1 Balmori Associates- Jardin by iwan baan.jpg

    Balmori Associates - Jardin

  • 3 BA_Sejong_photo by Efrain Mendez1.jpg

    Balmori Associates-Sejong

  • 4 Zucotti Park

    Cooper Robertson - Zuccotti Park, New York

  • 8 OLIN_MillRiverParkandGreenway.jpg

    OLIN - Mill River Park and Greenway

  • 7 OMA_Seattle Public Library, Seattle.jpg

    OMA - Seattle Public Library

  • 5_OLIN_WashingtonCanalPark.jpg

    OLIN - Washington Canal Park

  • 11 Stoss_The CityDeck,Green Bay_WI, 2013 cMikeRoemer_03.JPG

    Stoss - The City Deck, Green Bay, WI

  • 10 Stoss_Erie Street Plaza,Milwaukee_WI, 2010 cJeffMirkes.JPG

    Stoss - Erie Street Plaza, Milwaukee, WI

  • 9 HYA_Light Drift,Philadephia_PA, 2010 cJeff Wolfram.jpg

    Höweler + Yoon Architecture - Light Drift, Philadelphia, PA

  • 14 NEXT_MelkwegBridge2.jpg

    NEXT Architects- Melkweg Bridge

  • 13 WRT_FloydsFork.jpg

    Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) - Floyd's Fork

  • 12 WRT_Georgetown.jpg

    Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) - Georgetown

Design Principles, Values and Facilities Description

The design principles and list of facilities for a future 11th Street Bridge Park have been gathered through over 200 community meetings with local residents, church leaders, business owners and city government representatives. Serving as the DNA for the future 11th Street Bridge Park, these have been reviewed by our Design Oversight Committee which represents stakeholders from across Washington DC. This information will play a key role evaluating the design competition submissions.

Bridge Park Principles

Competition Timeline

Competition Timeline

Aerial Rendering of the Bridge Park Site


This video is for illustrative purposes only, the final design of the bridge will be determined by the competition. Video created in partnership with Autodesk, Inc.


Public Design Charette

On December 7, 2013, over 100 Washington D.C. residents gathered to help shape the future 11th Street Bridge Park through a series of community design charrettes. Here is that story.

11th Street Bridge Park Design Competition Jury


Howard Frumkin

Howard Frumkin

Competition Juror

Howard Frumkin is Dean, and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. Previously he was director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School. His research interests include public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact; toxic effects of chemicals; and environmental health policy. Dr. Frumkin currently serves on the Boards of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Bullitt Foundation, the Children and Nature Network, and the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, on the Executive Committee of the Regional Open Space Strategy for Central Puget Sound, on the Yale Climate and Energy Institute External Advisory Board, on Procter & Gamble’s Sustainability Expert Advisory Panel, and on Advisory Boards for the National Sustainable Communities Coalition and the Partnership for Active Transportation. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his books include Urban Sprawl and Public Health (2004), Emerging Illness and Society (2004), Environmental Health: From Global to Local (2005 and 2010), Safe and Healthy School Environments (2006), Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, Economics (2007), and Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (2011). He received his A.B. from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. from Harvard.


Toni Griffin
Photo credit: Noah Kalina

Toni L. Griffin

Competition Juror

Toni Griffin is Professor of Architecture and the founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. In addition to her academic involvement, Ms. Griffin also maintains an active private practice, Urban Planning and Design for the American City, based in New York. Through the practice, Toni recently served as Director the long range planning initiative of the Detroit Work Project, and in 2012 completed and released Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework plan for urban transformation. Prior to returning to private practice, Toni was the Director of Community Development for the City of Newark, New Jersey, served as Vice President and Director of Design for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation in Washington, DC, and held the position of Deputy Director for Revitalization Planning and Neighborhood Planning in the D.C. Office of Planning.



Toni L. Griffin

Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA

Competition Juror

Carol Mayer-Reed is partner-in-charge of landscape architecture and urban design at Mayer/Reed. The Portland, Oregon-based firm is recognized regionally and nationally for design excellence and award-winning, sustainable design solutions. Carol’s projects in both public and private sectors range from waterfront and site master planning to bridges, natural water systems, transportation corridors, arts and culture centers, plazas, parks, trails and corporate and education campuses. Carol is distinguished as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is appointed to the National AIA Sustainability Design Advisory Team.


Michaele Pride

Michaele Pride, AIA, NOMA

Competition Juror

Michaele Pride is a professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. Prior to 2011, she was at the University of Cincinnati, where she served as the Director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design from 2003-09. As an architect and urban designer, she emphasizes principles of consensus, collaboration and public engagement in her teaching, research and professional consulting.


Harry Robinson

Harry G. Robinson III, FAIA, AICP, SAH, NOMA

Competition Juror

Harry Robinson is a design professional educated in architecture, city planning, urban design and landscape architecture. He is Professor of Urban Design and Dean Emeritus, School of Architecture and Design, Howard University where he has also served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for University Administration during his more that thirty-three year tenure. Activities aligned with his teaching include, managing principal, TRGConsultingGlobal and executive consulting architect for the American Battle Monuments Commission. His current projects also include writing the centennial history of architecture education at Howard University, 100/144, and writing and producing a documentary on the same history, titled DesireLines. In the area of professional leadership, he is the only African American to be president of two national architecture organizations: NCARB, 1993 and NAAB, 1996. He has been chairman, United States Commission of Fine Arts and served on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and director, the White House Historical Association.


Patricia Zingsheim

Patricia Zingsheim

Alternate Juror

Patricia Zingsheim is the Associate Director for the Revitalization and Design Division at the Office of Planning, a team whose ambitious initiatives range from major plans and development projects in Center City, to Sustainable DC, public space and urban design projects, and several park and public space implementation projects.  Ongoing projects include Center City DC, the East End Re-Urbanization Study, the Buzzard Point Neighborhood Urban Design Concept, Pennsylvania Avenue, South Capitol Street/Bridge, and the 11th Street Bridge Park. Implementation work includes several Center City park and playground projects, including Mount Vernon Square and Franklin Park, the 11th Street Bridge Park, Challenge Grants for Sustainable DC, and Creative PlaySpace. Ms. Zingsheim is an urban designer and registered architect and has worked on downtown and waterfront development for local governments as well as private consulting firms. She has a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin and was a Loeb Fellow (class of '95-'96) at Harvard University. She has been an adjunct professor at Iowa State University and Harvard Graduate School of Design and been a guest critic and lecturer at Howard University, Catholic University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Maryland.

11th Street Bridge Park Design Competition Oversight Committee

  • Mary Abe, Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Angela Anderson Adams, Public Art Administrator, Arlington Economic Development
  • Maria Barry, Green Spaces for DC
  • Jason Bonnet, Forest City Washington
  • Juanita "Busy Bee" Britton, BZB International Inc.
  • Ruth Caplan, Greening Cleveland Park Committee
  • Andrew Jared Critchfield, Former Commissioner and Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B
  • Mike Curtin, DC Central Kitchen
  • Michael Drerup, Forensic Structural Engineer
  • David Garber, Navy Yard and Anacostia Community Advocate
  • Janell Herring, U.S. Navy Yard
  • Alexandra Jones, Archaelogy in the Community
  • James Jordan, Millenium Design Architects
  • George  Koch, Founder, ArtoMatic
  • Richard Layman, Urban Revitalization Consultant
  • Roger Lewis, Architect and Washington Post Columnist
  • Arnehl Lyon, Hillsdale Civic Association
  • Elizabeth Miller, National Capital Planning Commission
  • Jennifer Ney, Anacostia Community Boathouse Association
  • Gopaul Noojibail, National Park Service
  • Dayvie Paschall, SKANSKA
  • Jim Schulman, Community Forklift
  • David Smith, Pearl Coalition
  • Lionell Thomas, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • Septime Webre, The Washington Ballet

11th Street Bridge Park Design Competition Team

Don StasnyDonald J. Stasny, FAIA, FAICP, FCIP

Competition Advisor

Don Stasny has been a practicing architect, urban designer and process facilitator for over forty years, rebuilding communities physically and culturally. Using design as a comprehensive and strategic tool, he works toward elevating the public’s understanding and expectations of architecture and urban design locally, nationally and internationally. Don is recognized as one of the preeminent competition advisors and managers in North America. Providing a stewardship role in design competitions, he “designs” opportunities for design professionals to create outstanding architecture and places. In 1980, he conducted his first Design Competition for Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, creating a process that was published in the 1988 AIA Guidebook for Architectural Competitions and has become a national model. Additionally, he authored The Design Excellence Program Guide: Building a Legacy for the U.S. General Services Administration. Among the more than 50 design/designer selection processes he has managed, Don has assisted the U.S. Department of State in the design delivery of five embassies in Berlin, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Beijing and London. Don has collaborated on processes delivering designs for the Oklahoma City and the Flight 93 National Memorials, and managed the selection process for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In Washington, Don has managed the selection processes to redesign three areas of the National Mall and for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He has evolved design and design/build competition processes into an art form protecting the designer from exploitation and initiating collaboration between architects, planners, landscape architects and artists – and raising the public’s expectation of design. An award-winning architect and planner, Don has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Canadian Institute of Planners | Institut Canadien des Urbanistes. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Urban Design. He was awarded the 2006 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region’s Medal of Honor and the 2009 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.

Daniel RojoDaniel Rojo

Competition Staff

Daniel Rafael Rojo is an urbanist, writer, design advocate, and competition professional interested in the power of the urban environment to enrich people’s lives. He serves on staff for the 11th Street Bridge Competition and previously managed the National Mall Design Competition for the Trust for the National Mall. Daniel is also a Project Manager at the Architectural League of New York, where he previously was Assistant Editor of Urban Omnibus, an award-winning publication on the culture of citymaking. He studied architecture at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and is a Master’s Candidate in Real Estate Development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Development.

Adjacent neighborhoods to the 11th Street Bridge Park: Capitol Hill / Navy Yard and historic Anacostia / Fairlawn.