The LACMA Not LackMA is a design competition the Citizens’ Brigade to Saving LACMA hosts, with its submissions open till April. The announcement of the finalist entries for the competition is here. These entries are for the redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The finalists include proposals from TheeAe (The Evolved Architectural Eclectic) in Hong Kong, Barkow Leibinger in Berlin, Kaya Design in London, Reiser + Umemoto in New York, Paul Murdoch Architects in Los Angeles and Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna.

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TheeAe in Hong Kong(Photo Courtesy: The Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA)
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Barkow Leibinger in Berlin(Photo Courtesy: The Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA)
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Kaya Design in London(Photo Courtesy: The Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA)
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Reiser + Umemoto in New York(Photo Courtesy: The Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA)
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Paul Murdoch Architects in Los Angeles(Photo Courtesy: The Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA)
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Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna(Photo Courtesy: The Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA)

Statement from the organisation

Joseph Giovannini, co-chair for the Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA spoke of the decision to open up the entries. They felt that this would bring a fresh and practical idea for LACMA.

Fellow co-chair, Greg Goldin says that the finalist entries are the proposals that the jury found compelling. The County Board of Supervisors and the museum board consider these designs to be inspirational and embody the spirit of LACMA.

Details on the competition

The jury who chose the finalists consists of the director of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design, Aaron Betsky; the principal of Barton Phelps & Associates Architects and Planners, ), Barton Phelps; the chief curator of European Art (retired) at LACMA, Los Angeles, J. Patrice Marandel.

The jury also consists of the founder of Archi-Tectonics and Miller Professor and chair of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Winka Dubbledam; and finally, the founding design partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), William Pedersen. Giovannini and Goldin grace the jury as well.

Each of the six finalists’ entries will receive an honorarium of $1,500. Whereas, another nine firms recognised by the jury will receive an honorarium of $500. A showcase of all fifteen entries will be on the website of the organisation.

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