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191360531 Joe Weishaar studio horizontal ORIG t800"Now that the design has come together, I'm heading back out to finish the last bit of fundraising," architect Joe Weishaar says of his work on the World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. "Things have been going immensely well the past year in securing the necessary funds to build the memorial, and I think we're finally down to the last $10-$12 million. The sooner we have it all in hand, the sooner we can start construction." (Photo by Russell Cothren courtesy University Relations)

Three Minutes, Three Questions Architect Joe Weishaar 

By Becca Martin-Brown
via the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette newspaper web site

Born and raised in Fayetteville, Joe Weishaar remembers standing on the Champs Elysees in Paris as a University of Arkansas student and thinking, "What in the world is a kid from Arkansas doing here?" As it turned out, it was just a peek at the international limelight to come. Weishaar was only 25 when he was selected to design the national World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Weishaar comes home April 3 to speak on "To End All Wars: The Fight for the National World War I Memorial" as part of the Honors College Invites lecture series at the UA. Here, he talks about his career thus far with What's Up!

Q. What influenced your career choice? Was there a moment when you thought, 'This is what I want to do'?

A. The moment I knew it was what I wanted to do must have come in the first 10-20 minutes of my first studio class [at the UA]. The professor walked into the room, told us to forget everything we thought we knew about buildings and made us to go buy five sheets of the biggest paper I had ever seen in my life. I can't even describe how hooked I was from that point on, and I've never looked back.

Q. How did the World War I Memorial end up on your plate?

A. I think I came across the World War I Memorial competition at the end of May in 2015. I wasn't even really looking for it; a link was just being hosted on one of the websites that I would visit for art and architecture ideas.

It would be entirely fair to say that up to this point in my life I knew close to zero about World War I. But I still clicked on the link. I cranked out a design in about three weeks, working after work and on weekends. Then I sent it off and completely forgot about it for the next two months.

Read the entire article on the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette web site here:

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