2011 Recipient | AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture
University of Michigan Museum of Art | Notes of Interest
The purpose of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) was to completely renovate and modernize the existing Alumni Hall, a 40,362 square foot facility, and build an additional 53,452 square feet of space in a dramatic new wing. Located at the gateway to the University’s main campus and at the physical intersection of the University and local communities, the Museum rests in a location offering the potential for direct engagement between the Museum, the student body and the general public.
The historic restoration and expansion is the realization of a long-held (over 50-year) dream to bring the Museum’s spaces up to par with its superb collection, exhibitions and programs. Housed in a 1910 Beaux-Arts structure that was able to exhibit only five percent of its holdings, the museum undertook an ambitious expansion campaign to more than double its overall size.
As a teaching museum with broad, near universal collections, the institution serves as a forum for the various academic disciplines of the University as well as a cultural portal for the community of Ann Arbor. While the existing building provides an atmosphere of seclusion, the new architecture achieves an immediacy with the surrounding campus - inviting and even provoking engagement with the building and its programs.
As the first purpose-built facility for the visual arts at the University of Michigan, the expansion becomes a new gateway to the historic museum – an open and inviting space that orients students and visitors to the experience of the art within.
- Associate Architect: Integrated Design Solutions
- Curtain Wall: RA Heintges
- Engineer: Atwell-Hicks (Civil); Arup (Mechanical); KPFF (Structural)
- Waterproofing: SGH
- Photo Credit: © Richard Barnes;© Jeremy Battermann;© Victoria Sambunaris
A new addition to an existing historic building reads as a new building and true to itself.
The prominence of the site and juxtaposition of the older bold with new bold is a strong symbol for the university protecting their past and looking towards the future.
2011 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Jury
- David Miller, FAIA, (Chair)
- The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
- Ashley Clark, Assoc. AIA
- LandDesign Inc.
- Curtis Fentress, FAIA
- Fentress Architects
- T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA
- Harboe Architect, PC
- David Neuman, FAIA
- University of Virginia, University Architect
- Charlottesville, Va.
- Louis Pounders, FAIA
- ANF Architects
- Sarah Snodgrass, AIAS Representative
- Parsons The New School for Design
- New York City
- Allison Williams, FAIA
- Perkins & Will
- San Francisco
- Jennifer Yoos, AIA