2020 Merit Award
Galleries, curatorial/research areas, library, auditorium, studios
Master planning, architecture, engineering, interiors, preservation
AIA Cleveland, 2020 Merit Award Interior Architecture
Our master plan and subsequent renovation accommodates a growing program within a fixed site, consolidates inefficient support spaces and administrative functions, develops new assembly spaces, and reinforces the image and culture of the institution to the public, all while preserving PAFA’s historic structures.
The Center for the Study of the American Artist combines several program elements on a single 20,000-SF floorplate, including an enhanced library, labs for a new illustration program, a digitization lab, group study areas, a comprehensive collection research suite, computer lab, printing lab, and a 6,000-SF cool storage archive.
PAFA is the steward of a significant collection of American art. The preservation index for works on paper in the cool storage is estimated to be over 3-times that of a typical Class AA condition, utilized for higher-end art museums. The cool storage facility increases PAFA’s ability to borrow art for scholarly research and improves its overall institutional reputation.
The 18,000-SF John and Richanda Rhoden Arts Center created in previously unfinished space in the Hamilton Building lower level includes an auditorium, gallery, and collections storage vault. The auditorium features 265 fixed seats and state-of-the-art audiovisual systems that accommodate music and dance performances, lectures, film screenings, and other events. An electro-acoustical system simulates the acoustics of a much larger space and allows for unamplified classical music performances.
Adjacent to the auditorium is the Ann Bryan Gallery. The gallery space is a flexible space that accommodates a variety of artwork, including painting, sculpture, and digital art. A reconfigured monumental staircase connects this gallery space to galleries on the first and second floors.