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Firms to Compete for Kimball Art Center Transformation Project

The Kimball Art Center has announced that its Board of Directors and Building Committee will host a “Meet Your Designer Night” with the Top Five  architects (out of 18 invited firms) chosen to compete for the Kimball Art Center Transformation Project. At the historic Egyptian Theater the invited architects will make a short 10-minute presentation about their firms as they compete for the Kimball Art Center Transformation Project bid. The Kimball Art Center is inviting the public to attend this free and open event.

The five architect firms selected are as follows:
BIG / Bjarke Ingels Group – Offices in New York, NY and Copenhagen, Denmark
Brooks + Scarpa Architects – Los Angeles, CA
Sparano + Mooney  Architecture – Salt Lake City, UT
Will Bruder+ Partners Ltd. – Phoenix, AZ
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects – New York, NY

The competing architects will spend the afternoon touring the City and getting to know the programming needs of the Kimball Art Center. Each will then deliver a 10 minute public presentation at “Meet Your Designer Night” including relevant past work and design philosophies to introduce themselves to the community.

“We were stunned at the level of architects who applied to our competition . . .” said  Robin Marrouche, Executive Director, Kimball Art Center. “We have an extremely exciting and vibrant contest in the works that we hope will gain international attention. Furthermore, we believe our collective effort will help shape the future of Utah as an important upcoming arts and culture destination.”

The winning firm will be chosen by a 7-person jury consisting of 5 voting members:

  1. Maurice Cox, Urban Designer, Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, a former mayor of Charlottesville, Va., and Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
  2. Prescott Muir, Principal and Founder at Prescott Muir Architects and Director of the School of Architecture, University of Utah.
  3. Tina Lewis, the first Director of the Park City Arts Festival, who has served on the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sundance Institute Utah Advisory Board.
  4. Joanne Shiebler, Collector and Art Enthusiast, Board of Directors Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Utah Symphony/Utah Opera and Rome Chamber Music Festival.
  5. Jim Gaddis, Utah property developer, Founding Member of Alf Engen Ski Museum, and has served on the boards of the Utah Ski Archives housed at the University of Utah Marriott Library and the National Ability Center.

and two advisory members:

  1. Robin Marrouche, Executive Director, Kimball Art Center
  2. Phyllis Robinson, Community and Public Affairs Manager, Park City Municipal Corporation

Meet Your Designer Night will be held at the historic Egyptian Theatre, located at 328 Main Street in Park City, UT on Wednesday, November 2nd from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

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