September 19, 2018

David Adjaye to Design New Princeton University Art Museum

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY—Princeton University has chosen Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates to lead the design of the new Princeton University Art Museum. Cooper Robertson will serve as executive architect of the project. The new museum will occupy the current museum’s location at the center of the Princeton University campus and offer enlarged facilities for the museum’s 100-person staff, classrooms, and expanded exhibition and conservation spaces for the museum’s 100,000-object collection.

“Sir David Adjaye is a renowned architect who has designed superb buildings for some of the world’s most admired cultural institutions,” said Princeton president Christopher L. Eisgruber. “Having taught on campus, he understands fully what the university and art museum are looking to accomplish. I am thrilled that Adjaye Associates and their skilled collaborators at Cooper Robertson will serve as architects for this project.”

Adjaye was a visiting professor at Princeton from 2008 to 2010. Among Adjaye Associates’ projects are the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo; the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University; and the Sugar Hill Development, New York. Adjaye Associates was also responsible for the exhibition design of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Ongoing projects include the redevelopment of the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, and the National Cathedral of Ghana, Accra.

Cooper Robertson is a frequent collaborator of Adjaye Associates and has served as the executive architect on projects including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Musuem of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York.

“We are delighted to be chosen to shape the future of the Princeton University Art Museum, one of the finest university art museums and among the oldest art collecting institutions in America,” Adjaye said. “Defining a powerful center of cultural gravity at the heart of one of the greatest universities in the world, the new Princeton University Art Museum building will engage with its campus and vibrant communities through a new synthesis of art, learning, and social opportunities. The reimagined museum will be the cultural gateway between Princeton University, its students, faculty and the world, a place of mind-opening encounter with art and ideas ‘in the service of humanity.’”

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