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conceptual design for the transformed cleveland museum of natural history
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Transformation

Inspired by the Water that Shapes Our World

Project Location

Cleveland, OH


Cleveland Museum of Natural History


182,000 SF

Project Type


The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has been a pillar of science, education, research, conservation, and community engagement since 1920. Supporting the museum’s goal to address the impacts of humans on our natural world, our design of several phases of renovation and an iconic addition transforms the facility into an actively sustainable building.

New, renovated, and reorganized exhibit spaces expand programming and improve visitor circulation with connections to nature to enhance the outdoor experience. The design re-imagines the presentation of world-renowned collections and labs by relocating these previously behind-the-scenes spaces alongside exhibits, giving visitors a glimpse into the inner workings of science research. Inspired by the institution’s commitment to sustainability and its relationship with surrounding bodies of water and the glaciers that formed the region’s geology, alluvial shapes define and create a single and continuous form that unifies current and previous additions. We are providing architecture; interiors; electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering; acoustics; audiovisual; information transport; life safety & security; lighting; and theater technical design services.


In the Media

Design for Natural History Museum Evokes Waters of Great Lakes

June 16, 2019

The glacier that carved the Cuyahoga Valley melted about 10,000 years ago. But it’s returning, at least in fragmentary form, in a new vision for the renovation and expansion of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

The Architect's Newspaper

The $150 Million Museum Expansion is Closer to Completion

December 18, 2019

The multiphase project was initiated over ten years ago and includes several phases of renovations, as well as a 50,000-SF addition for education and exhibition spaces. The new changes are expected to improve circulation, expand programming, and provide connections to the surrounding natural landscape.

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