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Board of Trustees approves architect for new and expanded University Art Museum

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Aerial view of Arboretum

To showcase Penn State’s growing collection of art and provide space for a range of cultural activities and events, University leaders have proposed the construction of a new freestanding art museum on the University Park campus that would be located in The Arboretum at Penn State.

The Penn State Board of Trustees approved the selection of Allied Works as the architect to design the new University Art Museum at its meeting on Friday, May 3. Allied Works was selected based on its extensive experience in the design of arts and educational facilities and for its interdisciplinary, research based, and collaborative approach to architecture. 

The firm, founded by Brad Cloepfil in 1994 in Portland, Oregon, is internationally recognized for its innovative arts, cultural and civic buildings, including academic art museums and art schools at higher-education institutions. Allied Works is known for architecture that is inspired by, and responsive to, nature and place, including carefully curated campus environments. Examples of the firm’s work include the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

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