This multifaceted renovation has transformed the Spencer Museum, turning its dark and disorienting galleries into luminous exhibition spaces, equipping it with state-of-the art study centers, and creating new connections inside and out, establishing the museum as a hub for community engagement and international research.
New architectural features infuse the building with natural light, connecting art and nature with breathtaking views into historic Marvin Grove. A glass-enclosed entry and new windows on the east and west bring natural light into the galleries for the first time. A new staircase and elevator improve circulation, while balcony overlooks offer glimpses from one gallery into another.
New experiential learning spaces fulfill the educational mission of the museum. The Goddard Study Center provides an intimate environment for students, scholars, and the community to examine works on paper up-close, while the Lee Study Center accommodates large three-dimensional objects, with two-sided glass display cases that offer visitors a glimpse into the experiential learning classes.
The existing Spencer Museum of Art on Mississippi Street, with panoramic views of Marvin Grove, the Campanile and the Stadium
New two-story glass entrance wall, expanded lobby for visitor services, expanded and new object study areas and teaching galleries, new research stations, expanded storage for works on paper, completed in two phases
University of Kansas Endowment Association
Master planning, architecture, interior design
Excellence in Design Award
American Institute of Architects, Kansas, 2023
International Architecture Award
Chicago Athenaeum / European Centre, 2018
American Architecture Award
Chicago Athenaeum, 2017
Design Award of Merit
Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council, 2017
Collaborating Architect: Sabatini Architects, Lawrence, Kansas; Structural: Bob D. Campbell & Company; Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: Smith & Boucher Engineers, Olathe, KS; Images: Paul Warchol, Ryan Waggoner