Quinn Evans Ranked Among Top Design Firms for Museum and Cultural Projects

Lorynn Holloway
December 5, 2023
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Building Design + Construction Magazine Recognizes National “Giants” in Architecture

Quinn Evans has again been ranked among the top firms in the nation for the design of museum and cultural projects. The firm appeared fourth in the Museum category and fifth in the Cultural Facility category in Building Design + Construction magazine’s annual “2023 Giants” ranking, which cited 110 architectural firms nationwide.

Cultural facilities, including museums, performing arts centers, galleries, libraries, visitor centers, and zoos, represented approximately one-third of Quinn Evans’ 2022 revenue of nearly $56 million.

The firm’s top-five ranking comes as the firm is celebrating the recent completion of the largest museum revitalization project in Smithsonian Institution history: the modernization of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The firm has completed more than 100 projects for the Smithsonian, including work at the National Museum of Natural History, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the National Postal Museum. Recent projects also include the new Bird House at the National Zoological Park, the Molina Family Latino Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Additional cultural projects include numerous projects for the Baltimore Museum of Art; the renovation of the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia; Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center in Richmond; and multiple projects at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. In addition to its museum work, Quinn Evans has a deep portfolio of performing arts projects. They have a long history of projects for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where they have renewed the four largest theaters, most recently the Terrace Theater.

“Cultural projects are fascinating today in terms of the array of design challenges,” states Quinn Evans principal and cultural practice area leader Katie Slattery, AIA, LEED AP. “As architects, we are striving to create spaces that are more accessible and inclusive than ever before, significantly more sustainable, and highly impactful to communities. It continues to be an honor to partner with cultural institutions that are leading the way in interpreting complex stories, making sure they are relevant to audiences today and enriching for a diverse public.”

More information on Quinn Evans’ work in cultural projects can be found here.

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