October 1, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The New Brunswick Museum has selected Diamond + Schmitt Architects for the development of a new provincial museum. Chair Richard Burpee and Director Jane Fullerton announced that the Canadian firm, with over 100 national and international awards for planning and design, was chosen from among 12 competing firms. Finalists included Moriyama and Teshima/DFS/BDA Ltd. And Lundholm/Desnoyers Mercure/Steen Knorr.
Fullerton commented that “We were very pleased with the calibre of the responses we received, from Canadian and international architectural firms. The interest shown highlights not just the strength of the Museum’s collections themselves, but also the vitality of New Brunswick’s diverse heritage and culture. We are now looking forward to working with the Diamond + Schmitt team on a new vision for the New Brunswick Museum.”
The Museum’s need for improved facilities for its collections was identified in 2000 as a key issue to be addressed. Jack Diamond will serve as the Principal in Charge, with Michael Leckman as Project Leader. Diamond led the architectural team for the new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, which opened in June. During his illustrious career, Diamond has undertaken projects in Canada, United States, Europe and Israel. Leckman was the Project Leader for the University of Toronto’s Bahen Centre, the Medicine Hat Arts and Heritage Centre and is currently the Project Principal for the Integrated Growth Facility in Ottawa.
“The magnificent scope of the collections, and the stories they tell, are incredible,” said Diamond. “This province contains so much of our nation’s heritage and yet, as Canadians, we have had so little opportunity to experience it.”
As the provincial museum, the New Brunswick Museum is responsible for understanding, preserving and interpreting the diverse natural and human heritage of New Brunswick to residents and visitors. It accomplishes this mandate through research, conservation and collections management activities, exhibitions, education, public, web and Outreach programmes. The New Brunswick Museum has received regional, national and international recognition for its work.