Center College of Design in Pasadena Ends Contract with Alvaro
Siza to Design its Expansion. Frank Gehry Will Take Over.
February 24, 2004
A three-year-long collaboration between
Alvaro Siza of Portugal and Santa Monica-based Frank Gehry
has ended. The two architects were working together on a $100
million expansion of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
It marked their first collaboration, and Siza's only U.S.
work. Ultimately, the long distance relationship proved too
difficult, says Richard Koshalek, Art Center president. After
completing an initial master plan for a new campus, the school
had entered into negotiations with Siza for schematic designs
when it severed ties. Currently housed in a black steel-and-glass
building on 175 acres overlooking the Rose Bowl, the Art Center
is undergoing a multi-year expansion that calls for a new
40,000-square-foot Gehry-designed octagonal library and a
55,968-square-foot technical-skills building by Siza, among
other upgrades. A replacement architect for the single-level
Siza building is expected soon.