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Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art
State of the art.
Rethinking form and function in a 21st-century art museum.
An open invitation.
21st-century art museums bear little resemblance to the hushed, cordoned-off cathedrals that once separated visitors and artwork. Today, emphasis is placed not only on the artwork itself, but on the visitor’s experience of—and participation in—the museum as a whole. These cultural institutions are moving beyond passive observation to active engagement and education; creating—and convening— communities; and fostering critical discussions on the most important topics of our time. The role of museums in the 21st century is an ongoing conversation—one that Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) has furthered with its recent renovation.

Combining performance and public discourse, education and community engagement, interactivity and intellect, the thoughtful redesign by executive architect HED and LA-based architects Johnston Marklee began with the idea that evolving uses and activities—rather than art or architecture alone—should drive the renovation. The resulting vision interweaves art, community, education, design and dining into a multi-faceted, art-immersive environment.
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Project Data
Museum of Contemporary Art 2015-40007-000
JohnstonMarklee
Chicago, IL
PROJECT SCOPE
Renovation
HED ROLE
Executive Architect
RSF/GSF
17,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$16.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2017
Project Team
  • Enrique Suarez
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Corporate Marketing Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Alexandra Shinewald
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal
    Sector Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Scott Whitebone
    AIA
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Drew Roskos
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Daniel Jaconetti
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

Rethinking form and function in a 21st-century art museum.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, IL
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
State of the art.