"One of the important goals was to bring all the programs together, but also to make sure that we had the very best facility that we could provide to move the arts forward on campus," said Matthew Tiews, executive director of arts programs at Stanford. The building is part of the Stanford Arts Initiative, a broader campaign to raise the university’s profile in the arts. The initiative has raised $250 million to date to bring in new faculty, programming, and buildings—including the Bing Concert Hall by Ennead Architects, currently under construction nearby.
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DS+R comes to the project after receiving positive reviews for Brown University’s Creative Arts Center, a performing arts building with a 200-seat recital hall, which opened in February. In California DS+R was recently selected to design a new home for the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives and was on the shortlist for SFMOMA’s expansion. They are also designing The Broad, Eli Broad’s new contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles.
The new building will be located in back of the Cantor Art Center, Stanford’s art museum, and not far from the university’s most prominent work of modern architecture, the James H. Clark Center by Foster and Partners, completed in 2003. Groundbreaking for the DS+R building is expected to take place in 2012.