Sir David Adjaye to design brand new Princeton University Art Museum

Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in America, with a centuries-old collecting history that covers a global reach of over 100,000 pieces of ancient and contemporary art. Along with its world-class display items, the museum is also a bustling hub for international thinkers. Often, visitors around the world come to partake in Princeton’s research and teaching missions, greeted with intimate and colourful surroundings.

Currently, the museum plans to expand its shores even further. Plans are in motion for a new building, housing special exhibitions, expansive collections, art conservation space and offices for the 100-person museum staff. Designing the building is Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye, founder of Adjaye Associates.

David Adjaye
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With offices across several continents, the firm crafted landmarks like the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Strikingly, Adjaye’s style courts a wide tapestry of influences, covering music, science, contemporary art and African art forms and aesthetics. In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Adjaye for his invaluable contributions to architecture.

“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.”

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Adjaye will be working with Cooper Robertson, an New York-based award-winning firm specialising in architecture and urban design who recently worked on the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art.

The museum is located at the heart of the Princeton campus and entry is free of charge.

Museum hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

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