New Museum Team Makes Headlines
TYLER, April 27 – Members of the Tyler Museum of Art’s new museum
project team of architects continue to make both national and international
headlines. Earlier this month, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky
opened an exhibition titled Unveiling the New Speed: A Model of the
Future designed to showcase its $79 million expansion led by TMA
project architects, wHY Architecture. Doug Reed of Reed Hilderbrand
Landscape Architects was awarded the esteemed Rome Prize from the American
Academy in Rome. Reed Hilderbrand was chosen by the TMA to design plans
for the new museum project in 2008.
through March 2012, Speed Museum visitors can view plans for the massive
renovation and addition designed by wHY Architecture which encompasses
over 200,000 square feet. The museum plans to begin construction on
the new addition beginning this year. The new Speed project constitutes
the largest capital campaign project ever untaken in Kentucky. wHY was
charged with creating a space that made its nearly windowless, 1920s
original building more inviting and accessible to the public.
Architecture is a Los Angeles-based firm with a stellar track record
in museum design including Michigan's Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Art
Bridge spanning the Los Angeles River in southern California, and numerous
galleries for the Art Institute of Chicago. Kulapat Yantrasast, the
firm's executive/creative director, previously served as project architect
on the team of Pritzker-Prize winning design architect Tadao Ando for
the 153,000-square-foot Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which opened
in 2002 to international acclaim.
joined forces with Yo Hakomori to form wHY (an acronym for Workshop
Hakomori Yantrasast) in 2003, and immediately landed a major assignment
to design the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). The 135,000-square-foot
facility was praised by Newsweek as a "calm and cool modernist
building" and opened in October 2007 to glowing reviews from a
host of national publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles
Times, Chicago Tribune and Architect Magazine. The firm was announced
as project architects for the new museum project by the TMA in 2008.
addition to the Speed Art Museum project, wHY is also working on a large
cultural project in Cairo, Egypt for Bibliotheca Alexandria, one of
the oldest libraries in the world. The team will design a cultural complex
in Cairo that includes conference center, exhibition spaces, research
centers, offices and a museum to house the collection of drawings, paintings,
and sculptures of Adam Henein, one of Egypt’s most famous artists.
of wHY aren’t the only TMA project architects making headlines. The
prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome is to acknowledge
the leading, emerging artists in the nation and to award them the opportunity
to refine their abilities by immersing themselves in the abundant art
and architecture opportunities of the city and surrounding areas. Dog
Reed, landscape architect for Reed Hilderbrand, is currently enjoying
an eight-week stint in Rome as one of the Rome Prize recipients.
Tyler Museum of Art’s capital campaign for the new museum project
continues to move forward and gain momentum, positioning the community
ever closer to a new TMA. Near the end of 2010, the Museum announced
that the construction documents designed by wHY Architecture had been
completed and approved by its Board of Trustees.
Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums,
is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College
campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays
and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open
during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit