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Construction of a bold and welcoming new Museum building at the heart of the University campus is slated to begin in early 2021. Announced in 2018, overseen by Art Museum Director James Steward, and designed by the world-renowned Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye and his firm Adjaye Associates, in collaboration with executive architects Cooper Robertson, the new Art Museum building will roughly double space for the exhibition, conservation, study, and interpretation of the Museum’s globe-spanning collections; for mounting exhibitions; and for a new range of social spaces and visitor amenities.
"Sir David’s architecture and the globe-spanning galleries within will invite visitors to see themselves as citizens of a broader set of communities,” notes Steward, “which in turn will, we hope, nurture a deeper sense of our shared humanity. The design will give us a building that fosters new modes of investigation, allows us to deploy our collections in new and more inclusive ways, and affords new moments of aspiration and inspiration.”