18 September, 2018

Defining a powerful cultural anchor at the heart of one of the greatest universities in the world, the new Princeton University Art Museum will engage with its campus and vibrant communities through a new synthesis of art, learning and social opportunities. The new building will present enhanced and extended space for the exhibition and study of the museum’s encyclopedic collections, special exhibitions and art conservation, as well as object-study classrooms and office space for the 100-person museum staff.


“We are delighted to be chosen to shape the future of the Princeton University Art Museum, one of the finest university art museums and among the oldest art collecting institutions in America," said Sir David Adjaye, Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates.

From 2008 through 2010, Sir David Adjaye was a visiting professor at Princeton.


“Sir David Adjaye is a renowned architect who has designed superb buildings for some of the world’s most admired cultural institutions,” said Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “Having taught on this campus, he understands fully what the University and the Art Museum are looking to accomplish. I am thrilled that Adjaye Associates and their skilled collaborators at Cooper Robertson will serve as the architects for this project.”


With a collecting history that extends back to 1755, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country, with collections that have grown to include over 100,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe.


"The reimagined museum will be the cultural gateway between Princeton University, its students, faculty and the world, a place of mind-opening encounter with art and ideas ‘in the service of humanity,’" said Sir David Adjaye. "We are deeply honoured to be part of the next chapter of its history.”

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Photography courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum