Harvard Art Museums

  • 200,000ft2 renovation and extension
  • LEED Gold certified
  • Opened to the public Fall 2014

After shuttering their windows for six years to undergo a wide-spread renovation and extension, the historic Harvard Art Museums reopened their doors in November of 2014. Formerly three distinct museums, the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Sackler were joined together into a new building at 32 Quincy Street. With world-renowned architect Renzo Piano and local architect Payette, Arup was approached to reinvent what was once the Fogg Museum of Art. The extensive redesign preserves the Fogg Museum’s 16th century-inspired façade and courtyard, expands its total area to approximately 200,000ft2, and provides new and improved museum quality gallery spaces.

Arup provided the lighting and daylighting design, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and façade engineering services, as well as fire and life safety and sustainability consulting for the 200,000ft2 renovation and extension. Arup was committed to realising Harvard’s goal of reducing University-wide greenhouse gas emissions 20% below a 2006 baseline by 2016. Arup worked with the design team to craft a high-performance building that will emit 30% fewer greenhouse gas emissions per square foot than the existing buildings, which will help Harvard stay on track to meet their greenhouse gas commitments.

This project has achieved LEED Gold certification.


  • Harvard Art Museums. Credit Nic Lehoux.Open gallery

    Three distinct museums have been combined into a new building housing the Harvard Art Museums.

  • Harvard Art Museums. Credit Nic Lehoux.Open gallery

    This expanded venue provides visitors with improved museum quality gallery spaces.