Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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New York, NY


Spencer Museum of Art Renovation, The University of Kansas

This multifaceted renovation has transformed the Spencer Museum, turning its dark and disorienting galleries into luminous exhibition spaces, equipping it with state-of-the art study centers, and creating new connections inside and out, establishing the museum as a hub for community engagement and international research.

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.

New experiential learning spaces fulfill the educational mission of the museum. The Goddard Study Center provides an intimate environment for students, scholars, and the community to examine works on paper up-close, while the Lee Study Center accommodates large three-dimensional objects, with two-sided glass display cases that offer visitors a glimpse into the experiential learning classes.

The existing Spencer Museum of Art on Mississippi Street, with panoramic views of Marvin Grove, the Campanile and the Stadium

New two-story glass entrance wall, expanded lobby for visitor services, expanded and new object study areas and teaching galleries, new research stations, expanded storage for works on paper, completed in two phases

University of Kansas Endowment Association

Master planning, architecture, interior design

International Architecture Award Chicago Athenaeum / European Centre, 2018

Design Award of Merit Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council, 2017

Excellence in Design Award American Institute of Architects, Kansas, 2023

American Architecture Award Chicago Athenaeum, 2017

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Status: Built
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Firm Role: Design Architectural Firm
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