The Center for Civil & Human Rights (CCHR) announced its selection of five architectural firms as finalists in the competition to design the new $125 million Center to be located in Downtown Atlanta in January. The list presents a competitive round table of some of the most respected American architects, who have each now presented their designs (shown) to the Jury.

The finalists are:

Diller Scofidio + Renfro & Stanley Beaman & Sears' design

Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York, who designed the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and partner Stanley Beaman & Sears of Atlanta


Freelon Group & HOK's design

Freelon Group of Durham, N.C., who designed the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, and partner HOK of Atlanta


Huff + Gooden Architects LLC & Hammel Green and Abrahamson's design

Huff + Gooden Architects LLC of New York and partner Hammel Green and Abrahamson of Minneapolis, Minn., a partnership which designed the California African American Museum


Moody•Nolan & Goode Van Slyke's design

Moody•Nolan of Columbus, Ohio and partners Antoine Predock Architect PC of Albuquerque, who designed the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Goode Van Slyke of Atlanta


Polshek Partnership Architects & Cooper Carry and Stanley Love-Stanley PC

Polshek Partnership Architects of New York, who designed the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, and Atlanta partners Cooper Carry and Stanley Love-Stanley PC

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, scheduled to break ground in 2009, will commemorate the landmark contributions of Atlantans and Georgians to the historic struggle for African-American freedom and equality as well as present the continuing story of human rights efforts around the world. The Center will be a space for ongoing dialogue, study and potential resolution of current and future freedom struggles for all people, at the local, national and international levels.