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Design for U-M Museum of Art Expansion Wins Major National Architecture Award

October 19, 2004—The American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter has announced that the design for the expansion and renovation of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) by Allied Works Architecture has won a coveted design award in the Project category, one of three categories presented annually. Awards in this category were made this year to only four projects around the world; the additional recipients include Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s design for the ARB Bank Headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a project for the municipality of Aalborg in Aalborg, Denmark by Christoff: Finio Architecture.

The AIA New York Chapter Project Awards recognize exceptional projects scheduled to be built, as well as conceptual work such as temporary installations, land art, original research, urban design, and a vast array of un-built projects, including designs developed for competition submissions. The AIA New York Chapter bestows design awards in two other categories: Architecture Awards, which recognize design excellence for completed architecture of all types of buildings, urban design, restoration, preservation, and adaptive re-use projects; and Interior Architecture Awards, which acknowledge achievement in the field of interior design.

The $35 million UMMA project includes a 53,000 square foot addition with new galleries; state-of-the-art storage facilities; educational spaces such as an auditorium, classrooms, and “object study” classrooms; an expanded art conservation lab; improved visitor amenities; and substantial restoration and renovation to its current facility. Collectively, these improvements will allow the Museum to fulfill its educational mission in a facility equal to its expanding programmatic needs and expectations.

Considered one of the finest university art museums in the country with collections in excess of 17,000 works of art and a diverse and ambitious schedule of special exhibitions and events, UMMA holds extraordinary African, Asian, and Western art collections, including masterworks by such artists as Dürer, Guercino, Whistler, Monet, Picasso, and today’s avant-garde.

Founded in 1867, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the leading professional organization for architects in the United States. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals—public outreach, professional development, and design excellence. The Chapter’s members include 3,200 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in civic design. To fulfill its mission, the Chapter sponsors an array of programs that explore the role of architects in housing, planning, historic preservation, and urban design and hosts an annual Design Awards Program to recognize excellence in these areas.