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Lakefront Gateway Plaza National Design Competition

On October 27, 2015 The City of Milwaukee announced that the design team led by GRAEF was selected as the winner of Lakefront Gateway Plaza National Design Competition. The selected design will be used to secure funds and grants for further design and construction.

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Winning Design Team: GRAEF, PFS Studio, Rinka Chung, DEW (Dan Euser), NEWaukee


Competition Background

In the fall of 2015 the City of Milwaukee, in cooperation with Milwaukee County, issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for design teams for the area currently known as Lakefront Gateway Plaza.  Identified as a catalytic project in the Downtown Comprehensive Area plan, this 1.5 acres property is envisioned to be a world class public plaza on the downtown lakefront.

The RFQ resulted in submission by 24 teams. The teams were composed of firms with various skills and design experiences nationwide. The City, led by the Department of City Development, and Milwaukee County and Milwaukee County Parks, worked with neighboring stakeholders to select the top four teams.

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A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to the four design teams to solicit design concepts to build excitement for the Lakefront Gateway Plaza.

Design Teams

(Selected in Competition Phase 1 - Request for Qualifications)


AECOM Landscape, URS, Tillotson Design Associates, Cynthia Reeves, Delta Fountains


PFS Studio, Rinka Chung, DEW (Dan Euser), NEWaukee

James Corner Field Operations

La Dallman Architects, Robert Silman & Associates, Kapur & Associates, Marilu Knode, DEW (Dan Euser), HLB Lighting Applied Ecological Services

Office of James Burnett

Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Buro Happold Engineering, Focus Lighting, Shore Art Advisory, K. Singh & Associates, Fountain Source






Competition Timeline


  • September 2014 - Issue Request for Qualifications
  • November 2014 - RFQ Submission Deadline
  • February 2015 - Selection/Notification of Top 4 Teams
  • April 2015 - Issue Request for Proposals (invited)
  • End of June 2015 - Proposals Due
  • Summer 2015 - Public Viewing and Comment
  • Fall 2015 - Judging and Selection

Next Steps: Continued Public Involvement - Please Check Back for Updates

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