Covid-19 Community Memorial Design Competition

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The Covid-19 pandemic is far from being controlled and has already claimed over 600,000 deaths around the world.

This incredible loss is compounded for many families who were not able to say goodbye to their loved ones in person due to hospital safety measures or hold proper funerals because of the incredible scale of the situation.

In the face of these tragedies, how may a local community memorial honor those who have passed and bring solace to families?

The calculation of loss goes beyond simple numbers, each loss impacts family, friends, and a community as a whole. Throughout history, memorials have been an important way to reflect on this loss and allow a community to grieve and come together in solidarity.

Covid-19 has effected every community and culture a little differently. In order to reflect this reality, each memorial should be intimate and personal;, reflecting the local context and the impact this pandemic has had.

This is your challenge, design a local memorial that honors those who have been lost to Covid-19 and brings solace to your community.

Think hard about what scale you will tackle. Will you create a memorial for your town, city, state or country? Instead of thinking about grandiose solutions, aim for something meaningful and enduring.


This design competition was inspired by Brazilian architect Leonardo Dias who turned his Coronavirus Design Competition entry into a real project and raised funds to construct a memorial for his town.

Award Criteria

Your submission will include up to 5 images of your design plus a written description explaining your reasoning and process. It will be rated on the following criteria.





Personal Impact


Community Impact






Interested in learning more about how judges evaluated designs? Read the full Award Criteria document.

Submission Guidelines 

  • Up to 5 Images of your design, showing any features you wish to highlight. They may be plans, details, renderings, or any other type of graphic. 

  • You must submit at least one image, with a maximum of 5.

  • Written Design Description, fewer than 500 words, in English.


  • No names, logos, or identifying text in the images.

  • Keep text inside the images to a minimum

  • Do not place multiple small views inside an image. One view per image. See examples.

  • Images must be exactly 3000 x 3000 pixels (square) 

  • Images must be in jpg format

  • Images must be under 3mb each.

Tip: We will provide templates after you register.


Submission deadline: November 2, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)

Winners announced by: November 26, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)


  • All text must be in English

  • Must be an original work, created by the submitter

  • One design submission per registration

  • You may work as an individual or in a group or team

  • DesignClass reserves the right to suspend the competition and refund entry fees.

  • Participants retain all rights to their submissions.

  • Participants grant DesignClass license to publish submissions online and in print.

  • Open to anyone from anywhere

Open to Everyone

Join today to receive the full brief and resource packet


  • When is the submission deadline?

    November 2, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)

  • When is the winner announced?

    November 26, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)

  • Can I participate as a team?

    Yes, the competition is open to individuals and teams of all ages and locations.

  • What is the maximum size of a team?

    No limit on the number of team members. In our experience, large teams do not have an advantage over a driven individual.

  • What is the entry fee?

    $34.99 for professionals and professional teams. $14.99 for students and student teams. $99.99 if you join the Competition & DesignClass bundle.

  • Can I register with a mixed team of students and professionals?

    Yes, however you must register using the Professional Team option of $34.99

  • Will I receive a Certificate?

    Yes, all participants who submit to this competition will receive a completion certificate.