KSA undergraduate architecture students at the Akron Art Museum

Architecture Students Visit Coop Himmelb(l)au Designed Museum in Akron


As part of a recent site visit to Cleveland, third year undergraduate (U3) Architecture students toured the Akron Art Museum, an award-winning project designed by Austrian cooperative architectural design firm Coop Himmelb(l)au. The original structure, which the museum moved into in 1981, dates from 1899; it had been Akron’s main post office. Twenty-one thousand square feet of that structure was incorporated into the 2007 Coop Himmelb(l)au design, which created a 63,000 square foot museum building. The museum was Coop Himmelb(l)au’s first public project in the United States, and won a 2005 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum.

The trip was led by U3 coordinator Associate Professor Ashley Schafer. Other KSA third year faculty involved in the site visit were Jackie Gargus, Kristy Balliet, Zach Snyder, and Justin Diles, this year’s Howard E. LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow.