Architectural Team

“Preliminary sketch of a First Floor Permanent Collection Gallery. Courtesy of Gluckman Mayner Architects.

The Museum’s Design Architect Selection Committee chose Gluckman Mayner Architects, who have established a distinguished reputation for their work in creating art museums and galleries, to develop the overarching interior vision for the renovation. Gluckman Mayner is collaborating with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners who are overseeing the engineering, architectural, and historic preservation aspects of the project. Beyer Blinder Belle was responsible for the renovation of Grand Central Terminal in New York and partnered with architect Renzo Piano in the expansion and renovation of New York’s Morgan Library & Museum. 

“The opportunity to create contemporary exhibition galleries for Cooper-Hewitt is an especially gratifying prospect. Designing spaces and environments that frame the ways in which visitors engage specific exhibitions and experience the Museum over time is both professionally challenging and personally rewarding.”

—Richard Gluckman, FAIA, Principal, Gluckman Mayner Architects

“We are thrilled to be able to realize the master plan we developed with Cooper-Hewitt. The integration of new design elements within the historic context of the mansion poses a very interesting challenge for the design team, while the addition of new galleries, café and support spaces will enable the Museum to remain in the forefront as the preeminent design museum in the nation.”

—Richard W. Southwick, FAIA, Partner, Director of Historic Preservation, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners