Laurinda Spear to Jury National Pulse Memorial and Museum International Design Competition

Laurinda Spear, co-founder of Arquitectonica and ArqGEO, has been selected to serve on the jury for the National Pulse Memorial and Museum International Design Competition.

In the aftermath of the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, the onePULSE Foundation was formed to honor the lives lost and to help the Orlando community heel. The mission of the nonprofit foundation is to create and support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes, and legacy scholarships that open doors.

“I am honor to be a part of something so beautiful that will allow this memorial and museum to be a permanent fixture in the Orlando community and bring strength to those who experience it and to show that love over hate will always win,” said Spear. Laurinda joins a prominent jury that includes Barbara Poma, Owner, Pulse Nightclub, Founder & CEO of onePULSE; Mayor of Orange County, Jerry Demings; Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer; Hilary Lewis, Board of Trustees onePULSE, Chief Curator & Creative Director, The Glass House; George Kalogridis, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees onePULSE, President, Walt Disney World, among others.

To memorialize the event and to ensure that Pulse’s legacy of love, acceptance and hope will never be lost, The National Pulse Memorial and Museum International Design Competition was created to bring awareness to the case and allow talented architects from around the world to design an iconic Memorial and Museum to honor the victims on the Pulse nightclub property and adjacent sites.

The National Pulse Memorial will be a sanctuary of hope and healing, the Pulse Museum will educate, enlighten, inspire reflection and start conversations that will change mindsets. A pedestrian pathway called Survivors Walk will trace the three-block journey many victims and survivors took the night of the tragedy to get to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Together these three distinct elements will be a tribute to all those affected, will engage and educate visitors from around the world, and will serve as a catalyst for positive change. For more information visit