LAPD Memorial

Honor Award

Situated on the plaza to the east of the new Los Angeles Police Administration Building, the Memorial for Fallen Officers is a wall of brass and light that marks a transition between the plaza’s formal and informal spaces. From a distance, the 32-ft.-long, 12-ft.-high memorial appears as a solid wall of lit brass. As visitors approach, it becomes evident that the wall is, in fact, a vast assemblage of precision-cut brass plates with custom-drawn letterforms spelling out the names of 202 LAPD officers killed in the line of duty. Seemingly suspended in air and light, this form dynamically honors the LAPD both as a collective whose duty is to protect the public, and as individuals who serve the public. The warm brass material, a reference to officers’ badges, beckons the public to interact with the wall and examine the names of the fallen LAPD officers.

Jury Comments: 

“Powerful and well thought out use of materials and design that creates an emotional response in viewers.”

“A beautifully executed living monument to our community’s heroes.” 

Design Firm: 

Gensler

Client: 

Los Angeles Police Foundation

Location City: 

Los Angeles

Project Area: 

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Open Date: 

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Project Budget: 

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Photo Credits: 

Ryan Gobuty/Gensler

Design Team: 

Rob Jernigan (principal in charge); Li Wen, David Herjeczki, Philippe Pare, Richard Hammond (designers); Dominick Ricci (graphic designer); Gary Downer (project architect); Hae Sun Kim (supporting designer)

Consultants: 

Light Group Industries (fixtures), Steve Miggas (letterform artist)

Fabricators: 

A. Zahner Co. (brass wall fabrication), Italian Marble & Tile Co. (granite paving)

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