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Museum of Art receives major architecture award

The Museum of Art's 'vertical gallery' is one of the jewels in this architectural crown. (Photo: Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services.)

The Museum of Art’s ‘vertical gallery’ is one of the jewels in this architectural crown. (Photo: Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services.)

The University of Michigan Museum of Art has been recognized as one of 10 projects worldwide with the 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Architecture, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence.

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The recipients will be honored at the AIA 2011 national convention in New Orleans in May.”We are thrilled to have been recognized with this prestigious award by the AIA,” said Joe Rosa, UMMA director. “It is a wonderful affirmation of what UMMA has become for this University and the region and a testament to the incredible dedication of our family of supporters and the UM administration.”Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the Museum’s expansion and renovation project included a new 53,000-square-feet addition, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing named after the lead benefactors, and the complete restoration of the Museum’s original 1910 Beaux-Arts building. The $41.9 million transformation more than doubled the space available for collections display, temporary exhibitions, public programs, and educational exploration. Integrated Design Solutions was the associate architect.

U-M previously received the AIA Honor Award for Architecture in 2005 for the renovation of Hill Auditorium (above) and in 2007 for the new Biomedical Science Research Building (below). (Photos by U-M Photo Services.)

U-M previously received the AIA Honor Award for Architecture in 2005 for the renovation of Hill Auditorium (above) and in 2007 for the new Biomedical Science Research Building (below). (Photos by U-M Photo Services.)

U-M previously received the AIA Honor Award for Architecture in 2005 for the renovation of Hill Auditorium, the University’s renowned historic concert hall, and in 2007 for the new Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB).

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