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Design for UMMA expansion wins national award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter has announced that the design for the expansion and renovation of the U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) by Allied Works Architecture has won a coveted design award in the project category, one of three categories presented annually.
To see images of the addition, visit and click on "News" at the top of the page.

Awards in this category were made this year to only four projects around the world. The AIA New York Chapter Project Awards recognize exceptional projects scheduled to be built, as well as conceptual work such as temporary installations, land art, original research, urban design and an array of un-built projects, including designs developed for competition submissions.

The chapter bestows design awards in two other categories: architecture awards, which recognize design excellence for completed architecture of all types of buildings, urban design, restoration, preservation and adaptive re-use projects; and interior architecture awards, which acknowledge achievement in the field of interior design.

The $35 million UMMA project includes a 57,000-square-foot addition with new galleries; state-of-the-art storage facilities; educational spaces such as an auditorium, classrooms and "object study" classrooms; an expanded art conservation lab; improved visitor amenities; and substantial restoration and renovation to its current facility. Collectively, these improvements are designed to allow the museum to fulfill its educational mission in a facility equal to its expanding programmatic needs and expectations.

A model of the design is on view in the museum lobby. To see images of the addition, visit and click on "News" at the top of the page.

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