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About Gluckman Mayner Architects

Firm is responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed museum designs and renovations of the last decade

As a principal of Gluckman Mayner Architects, Richard Gluckman, FAIA, has been responsible for such distinctive museum projects as the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1996); renovation and expansion of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1998); the Mori Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan (2003); the conversion of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (1994); and the Museo Picasso in Malaga, Spain (2004). Gluckman Mayner Architects was recently selected as design architects for the renovation and expansion of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in New York.

Much of the firm’s work has grown out of an exchange with artists, curators and museum directors. In addition to museum and gallery spaces, Gluckman Mayner Architects has also designed studio spaces for such artists as Ellsworth Kelly, Chuck Close, Richard Serra and Francesco Clemente. Collaborating with the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a variety of projects over many years, Gluckman has repeatedly demonstrated his expertise in developing architecture that makes sensitive use of light and provides elegant solutions to complex problems. The firm worked with the Museum on the design and installation of the Brancusi (1995) and Cézanne (1996) exhibitions, as well as the reinstallation of the galleries of modern and contemporary art (2000). Gluckman’s sensitivity to existing structures and skillful transformations of interior space have earned the firm accolades including a 2006 Institute Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects, numerous awards from the AIA NYC Chapter, and four American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum (in 2005, 2004, 2002 and 2001). In 2005, Gluckman received a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (Smithsonian Institution).

Richard Gluckman received his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. In addition to his international practice, Gluckman has been a visiting critic at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and Syracuse University and has juried competitions at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Rome. David Mayner, who has worked with Gluckman since 1980, was named Principal in 1998 following the completion of the widely acclaimed expansion project for the Whitney Museum of American Art. He received his Master of Architecture from M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Art & Design from M.I.T.

Hal Foster, professor of modern art at Princeton University and co-editor of October, has followed Gluckman’s architecture closely over the years. In his essay for Gluckman’s monograph, Space Framed (Monacelli, 2000), Foster made the following observation: “‘Architectural sublime’ shatters out aesthetic contemplation and critical reflection alike. Gluckman proceeds otherwise in large part because he had learned from postwar art. In particular he has intuited the minimalist-pop dialectic, the tense relation between impulses to materialize and to dematerialize the object (architecture and art), to embody and to disembody the subject (the viewer). This contradiction---between bodily reality and transcendental fantasy---is very strong in contemporary culture, and part of the appeal of Gluckman's architecture is that Gluckman addresses this contradiction indirectly, mediates it spatially.”

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