Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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Female, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander owned

New York, NY


Spencer Museum of Art Renovation, The University of Kansas

This major renovation of its galleries, teaching facilities, and public spaces has transformed the Spencer Museum.

New architectural features infuse the building with natural light, connecting art and nature with breathtaking views into historic Marvin Grove. A glass-enclosed entry and new windows on the east and west bring natural light into the galleries for the first time. A new staircase and elevator improve circulation, while balcony overlooks offer glimpses from one gallery into another. An expanded study center and teaching gallery accommodate temporary installations and up-close investigations of objects in the collection. The renovation is the first phase of a master plan that anticipates additional improvements in the future.

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Status: Built
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Collaborating Architect: Sabatini & Associates, Lawrence, Kansas; Structural: Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc., Kansas City; Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: Smith & Boucher Engineers, Olathe, KS; Images: Paul Warchol