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Seattle Art Museum Permanent Galleries

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Art Museum Permanent Galleries

Seattle, Washington

  • Project Manager

    Kirsten R. Murray

As an outgrowth of our role as associate architect to Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates for the Seattle Art Museum building, we were selected as the primary designer for the museum’s 34,000 square feet of permanent galleries. The concept for the galleries was to create drawing rooms to accommodate classical art, and lofts for contemporary and native people’s works. Casework is designed to be part of the rooms, eliminating the “aquarium” effect common to freestanding exhibit cases. In addition to gallery design, we orchestrated the technical and logistical elements of both back- and front-of-house systems.




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