Last fall, architects from throughout the world answered the invitation launched by the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Mgr. Guyre Poulard to help build a new cathedral for the nation’s capital. The competition, which drew 134 submissions, was organized by the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince and Faith and Form Magazine. A total of thirty design images by the top ten competition finalists will be on display at the University of Miami School of Architecture.
The first-place winning team is headed by Puerto Rican architect Segundo Cardona, FAIA. The second place design was submitted by Diego Ramos from Tacubaya, Mexico; third place by Steven Fett, Miami; and fourth place by Christopher Glapinski, Coral Gables.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, led the six-member panel of jurors. They included Patrick Delatour, architect and former Minister of Tourism for Haiti; Michael Crosbie, architect and editor in chief of Faith and Form Magazine; Kit Miyamoto, structural engineer with Miamoto International; Father Richard Vosko, a liturgical consultant and designer from Clifton Park, New York; and Edwidge Danticat, award-winning Haitian-American writer. Yves Savain, Haitian-born businessman, directed the competition process.