Press Release

Monday, August 20, 2012 - 5:43pm
OMCA RECEIVES AWARD FROM AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, CALIFORNIA COUNCIL

Press Release (PDF)

The Oakland Museum of California's

outdoor installation Chairs of the Board is the 2012
winner
of the American Institute of
Architects, California Council (AIACC)'s Honor Award for Small Projects.
The
award is part of AIACC's yearly Design
Awards Program
, which recognizes achievements in Architecture, Interior
Architecture, Urban Design, and Small Projects, as well as the 25-Year Award
and Maybeck Award.  These awards are juried by a distinguished group of
architects and members of the architectural profession.

Located in the Museum's Oak Street Plaza entry

, Chairs of the Board is an adaptable space that encourages visitors to engage with the
Museum. Designed by Jensen Architects in 2011, the
installation features a toolkit of furniture, storage, and large-scale drawing
surfaces that invites the public to
gather, rest, reflect, and comment
. Museum visitors and staff are
encouraged to use the furniture as they wish, creating a participatory, dynamic space for OMCA's public programs, events,
and everyday interactions. Chairs of the
Board
was funded by an artistic innovation grant from The James Irvine Foundation.