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Albright-Knox Gallery hires two preservation firms to guide expansion

October 22, 2017

After a conceptual proposal for expansion sparked widespread outcry for its heavy-handed reworking of Gordon Bunshaft’s 1962 addition, the Albright-Knox Gallery has announced in a statement released September 18 that it will work with the Buffalo-based group Preservation Studios, New York City-based PBDW Architects and other groups to “review and adjust this initial concept, to make progress toward the first iteration of an architectural design.” According to The Buffalo News, Albright-Knox communication director Maria Morreale said in an email that the hiring of preservation consultants had been part of the gallery’s plan since the fall of 2016, when the timeline for the project was announced. The firms were identified and hired in the spring and summer of this year by OMA, the architect the gallery hired to design the expansion, she added. According to the release, the gallery will soon announce another series of public meetings and will welcome “continued opportunities for public input, which has already significantly shaped the proposed concept.”

“Albright-Knox, OMA hire preservation firms to guide expansion,” The Buffalo News, September 20, 2017.

Top: Photo by Tom Loonan, courtesy Albright-Knox Gallery; middle: Bunshaft's courtyard in 1962, courtesy The Buffalo News; bottom: OMA's conceptual proposal for expansion