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National Flower’s design team: Fostering inclusivity from varying perspectives

0 | 2019-02-07 12:02:00

For the five members of the National Flower Project team, the Government of Jamaica Houses of Parliament Design Competition was a meeting of minds.

The competition offered the team a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring their individual experiences and skills to the design. The team is comprised of a diverse group of professional Jamaican Architects — all working to design a parliament that is acclimated to Jamaica and serves as a reflection of the qualities that are unique to the country and its governance.

“The opportunity to design a National Parliament building is unique and rare. It is a wonderful opportunity for a Jamaican architect to be involved in and when I thought about putting together a team, I thought about an accomplished group of Jamaicans that would help make the project special, and I am excited to be working with them,” noted Stephen Facey, team lead and CEO and Chairman of PanJam Investment Limited.

The notable members of the team include: Facey, who has over 35 years experience in architecture, real estate development and management, and private equity investing. He continues to create shareholder value by investing across the Jamaican economic landscape.

His commitment to the revitalisation of Downtown Kingston is a testament to his longstanding vision of utilising architecture and urban development to create iconic and culturally relevant spaces. He holds a B.A. in Architecture from Rice University and a M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania. His passion for real estate is seen through his current involvement with both public and private organisations that represent that industry, while strengthening the legacy of his father Maurice Facey CD.

Design Lead Hugh Dutton is a Jamaican architect plying his trade out of Paris, France. He pursued his early training from the Architectural Environmental Science at Waterloo, Canada; was mentored by Peter Rice, engineer of the Sydney Opera house and the Pompidou Centre in Paris and co-authored a pioneering work on Structural Glass with Rice; and is qualified at the Architectural Association in London.

Inspired by his Jamaican roots, his work reflects his childhood formative years on the island in Manchester while attending DeCartret College. Dutton has worked around the world on some of the most iconic projects of recent decades, notably the Louvre Museum, the Athens Parthenon museum, Incheon and Changi international airports as well as many large scale iconic developments in China. He is currently working on a ‘daylight chandelier’ skylight for the restoration of the Hotel de la Marine on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

As a Historical Preservation Architect, Dr Patricia Green brings a unique perspective to the National Flower Project. She holds a doctorate degree in architecture, heritage, and the city from the University of Seville in Spain and is the immediate past Head of the Caribbean School of Architecture (CSA) in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

Dr Green is a Jamaican registered architect, who studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK, holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as a member of the International Council of Monuments and Site (ICOMOS) and her work on Jamaica’s historical monuments and her urban landscape and regeneration efforts across the Caribbean has contributed to a critical understanding of the contextual challenges for the Project.

Artist and Sculptor Laura Facey is a renowned for artwork deeply rooted in Jamaica’s history and nature. Facey was catapulted to fame in 2003 with the unveiling of her sculpture Redemption Song, the controversial monument to emancipation situated at the entrance to Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica. She has exhibited worldwide including at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK and has received many national and international awards and endorsements notably from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for her work Their Spirits Gone Before Them, which was endorsed by UNESCO’s Slave Route Project and awarded their logo in 2013.

The fifth member of the National Flower Project is Landscape Architect Dr Jenna Blackwood. Qualified with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and both Master’s and Doctorate from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, Dr Blackwood is a lecturer at the CSA, UTech, and a senior partner of Viridis Consultants, landscape architects. She has worked on numerous successful projects in Jamaica and was responsible for the design of the landscaping in Emancipation Park.

With their individual and collective capabilities, the National Flower Project team is confident they can successfully design and construct this symbol of national pride and democracy.

Voting for the People's Choice Awards is now open to the public at and will run until February 28, 2019.

To vote for the National Flower Project, visit or text 'HOP4' to 876-399-4774.

For more information on the team and the project, please visit The National Flower Project website at

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