AMPAS selects museum architects

Piano, Pali to head project

The motion picture academy has selected Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali as the architects for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The museum celebrating the history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will be located on the Los Angeles County of Museum of Art campus in the former May Co. building known today as LACMA West.

A past winner of the Pritzker Prize, Piano was the architect of a renovation to LACMA’s campus last decade that featured the Broad Contemporary Art Museum.

“Renzo’s track record of creating iconic cultural landmarks combined with Zoltan’s success in transforming historically significant buildings is a perfect marriage for a museum that celebrates the history and the future of the movies,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said.

Other significant design accomplishments for Piano include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Central St. Giles Court in London, the Kansai Intl. Airport Terminal in Osaka, the Menil Collection in Houston and the headquarters of the New York Times.

“We as architects make buildings that are portraits that represent our clients,” said Piano. “The Academy museum will take the visitor through the back door of cinema, behind the curtain and into moviemaking magic.”

Los Angeles native Pali has designed projects including the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and restorations of the Greek Theater, the Gibson Amphitheater and the Pantages Theater.

“It is an honor and privilege to work with the Academy in bringing to life a historic, iconic building that I love with the story of motion pictures,” Pali said.

AMPAS is in the quiet phase of a campaign to raise $200 million for the museum. The org is hoping to lock in $100 million by October before taking the capital campaign public.

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