The University of California at Berkeley announced today the selection of three firms to submit design concepts for the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). The three firms chosen from a field of 10 are Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York, Tod Williams Billie Tsein Architects of New York and the lesser-known Ann Beha Architects of Boston, which is highly regarded for its preservation work. Williams and Tsein were the architects of UC Berkeley’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library. The winning architect will be named in June.
The commission, for which Toyo Ito was selected as architect in 2008 from a field of 220 internationally based firms, involves the repurposing of a former printing plant of approximately 47,857 square feet and a 50,000-square-foot addition to be constructed adjacent to the existing building.
The project is considered critical, as the current museum is seismically inadequate and sits in an active zone.