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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Type: Limited, RfQ, Interview format

Timetable:14 Dec 2001 - RfQ deadline

2009 - Anticipated project completion

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking a Design Architect for its New Museum Project. As one of the largest natural history museums in the United States, with collections second in size only to the Smithsonian, the Museum has made the commitment to reconstruct and expand the existing facility. A major goal of the project is to create a new model for natural history museums worldwide.

The New Museum design will:

  • Create landmark architecture of international stature.

  • Set new standards for museum design -- optimizing collection accessibility, blurring boundaries between interior and exterior, integrating disciplines, and incorporating structural flexibility.

  • Combine the historic core of the existing structure with exciting new architecture.

  • Teach environmental stewardship and model sustainable design.

  • Realize the Museum's mission to 'inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.'

The 14-acre project site is located in historic, 160-acre Exposition Park, adjacent to the University of Southern California, the California Science Center, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and other cultural venues. The estimated hard construction cost is $100 million.

The Request for Qualifications can be obtained at

Questions should be sent by e-mail to:
Director of Architectural Project Management, Lisa Fay Matthiessen, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This is an open selection process. Any attempts to contact the Museum through other persons or offices will be considered grounds for disqualification.

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