June 1, 2018

Allied Works to Design New Pratt Institute School of Art Building

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—Pratt Institute has selected New York- and Portland, Oregon-based Allied Works to design its new School of Art building, which will bring the school’s Master of Fine Arts and photography programs under one roof. The building will be the first distinct School of Art facility on campus and feature flexible space for classrooms, studios, and labs, as well as exhibition spaces and an auditorium for public programming.

Pratt Institute president Frances Bronet said, “Allied Works is an outstanding choice to design Pratt’s defining new School of Art building, providing our faculty and students with an inspiring facility is critical to the cross-fertilization of ideas and artistic approaches.”

Intended as a cultural anchor for the institute’s local and broader communities, School of Art dean Gerry Snyder said that the new building presents the “opportunity for the School of Art to create a platform that supports the diversity of our student’s artistic practices while creating the community that will make it thrive. The building will offer our students and faculty exceptional space to create and show their work as it becomes a destination for the arts for Brooklyn and beyond.”

“It is thrilling to have this opportunity to partner with Pratt to create a building that will catalyze both the campus and community, a wellspring of art and creative energy,” Allied Works founder Brad Cloepfil said. “Allied Works has a profound respect for Brooklyn and Pratt Institute. This respect for both site and institutional mission informs our design process in every space where we building and the art and cultural organizations that we serve.” Allied Works’ previous projects include Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, among others.

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