Museum seeks architects for proposed expansion project
April 25, 2003
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art Building Committee recently issued two requests for qualifications for architects to lead the museum expansion slated to open in 2008. The first is for an Alaska architect-of-record, and the second is for a museum architect with experience in designing major museums. The Alaska architect will be selected first and will be asked to advise the Building Committee on the selection of the design architect to ensure a good collaborative working relationship. Ê The Building Committee also has contracted with architects Brian Carter and Janet Donelson to advise on the selection process. Carter is professor of architecture and dean of the School of Architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has served as an architectural advisor for the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto and worked in an interdisciplinary practice with ARUP Associates in London. He has served as a juror for the Civic Trust Awards and the Royal Society of Arts in London and has organized competitions for the National Gallery and The Imperial War Museum, both in London. He is the author of several architectural publications including All American: Innovation in American Architecture and Off the Radar. Carter will travel to Anchorage twice for the interview process.
Janet Donelson is a Seattle architect and principal of Donelson Consulting, an individual consulting practice focused on organizing and completing capital investment programs for public and non-profit groups. She has 10 years' experience organizing building projects for the University of Washington where she played a key role in the expansion of that university's Henry Art Gallery, the Physics/Astronomy building, and the Allen Library.
Facing a serious space shortage, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art is proposing an expansion that will provide much-needed room for the state's largest and still growing art and history collections and archives. An expansion would give the museum needed new space to accommodate 1,000 rare Alaska Native artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Also planned is the integration of The Imaginarium's hands-on science discovery center into the museum.
The expansion will be funded by both public and private funds. The Anchorage Museum Foundation received a $50 million gift from the late Elmer Rasmuson to cover part of the expansion cost. The Museum Foundation has also received a $5 million Federal appropriation for the expansion and $5 million from a recently passed statewide education bond package. The museum will launch a capital campaign later this year. Additional funds will be requested from federal, state and municipal sources, including a possible municipal bond in 2004.
For more information, call museum director Pat Wolf at 343-6174.