The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Meeting and Awards Ceremony for Basilica Dome Design Contest

WHEN: Noon and 2 p.m., Monday, March 23

WHERE: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America


At noon on March 23, four finalist teams of CUA students will meet with Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and chairman of the Basilica's Iconography Committee, along with other committee members. At 2 p.m., the winning teams will be announced by Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, rector of the Basilica. The finalists were selected from among seven teams that entered the student spatial design competition for the mosaic of the Trinity Dome in the Basilica. The Trinity Dome - the largest in the Basilica's interior - is the underside of the blue exterior Great Dome, which is an indelible part of the Catholic University landscape.

Noon, Basilica Conference Room, 400 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. The finalists will meet members of the Basilica's Iconography Committee, whose final judging of the winning designs will be announced at 2 p.m.

2 p.m., Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. Monsignor Rossi will announce the winning teams. The Basilica will award cash prizes of $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place.

Photo opportunities are available at both the noon and 2 p.m. events. The competition has challenged students to explore a number of complex design issues related to perception and experience of the dome mosaic, which will be viewed from many places throughout the Basilica. The dome rises more than 100 feet above the floor and is 89 feet wide.

The prize-winning entries will be on display at the Crough Center, Miller Exhibit Room, through April 14. The competition was open to all students currently enrolled at Catholic University.

MEDIA: To cover either of the events and to arrange for interviews, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in CUA's Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or Jacquelyn Hayes, director of communications of the Basilica, at 202-281-0615.