Many architects remember the story of how the architect Eero Saarinen, who as a jury member back in 1957 was so unhappy with the final schemes being considered for the Sydney Opera House competition that he rummaged through the discards…

Responding to an article this month on the World Trade Center Memorial, architect Peter Samton wrote in The New York Times:

“In your revelation that the designer Maya Lin may have had an unusually strong effect on swaying the jury of the World Trade Center Memorial competition to select the “Reflecting Absence” proposal, you make an observation that architects have long known: Who is on the jury is more critical in deciding the outcome than who the competitors are! Many architects remember the story of how the architect Eero Saarinen, who as a jury member back in 1957 was so unhappy with the final schemes being considered for the Sydney Opera House competition that he rummaged through the discards to bring Jorn Utzon’s now famous “sail design” to the attention of the other jury members … ”