OMCA RECEIVES AWARD FROM AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, CALIFORNIA COUNCILPress 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.