Project Team

Project Team

Project Team

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) have created an extraordinary design that respectfully preserves the original historic building at 32 Quincy Street while providing new space to support the expanding programs necessary to fulfill the Harvard Art Museums’ teaching and research mission. Piano, who has designed many critically acclaimed museums around the world, is known for his thoughtful renovations of historic structures, and bringing natural light into the building is central to his design for the Harvard Art Museums. As his longtime friend and collaborator Richard Rogers wrote, “Renzo Piano is an absolute master of light and lightness. His structures are very elegant, very humanistic. They grow out of understanding how buildings go together and how light comes through them.”


Payette is the Architect of Record and local design partner collaborating with RPBW on the Harvard Art Museums project. A leading architectural design firm in Boston, Payette’s practice focuses on technologically and programmatically complex buildings for scientific research, higher education, health care, and corporate research clients. For more than three quarters of a century, Payette has practiced innovation in these highly technical buildings while developing a culture based on deep readings of program as one of the essential subtexts of architecture.

Skanska USA

Skanska USA is one of the largest construction and development companies in the country, with expertise in construction, infrastructure, public/private partnerships, and commercial and infrastructure development initiatives. Working closely with our Facilities Planning and Management department, Skanska USA served as the construction manager for the Harvard Art Museums project.


Founded in 2004 and led by Creative Director Kulapat Yantrasast, wHY is a team of 40 creative designers with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Louisville. wHY has worked with the curators and senior leaders of the Harvard Art Museums on the design for the inaugural installation of our permanent collection galleries, as well as on plans for how these spaces can be reconfigured or changed over time as works of art are rotated.

Charles Sparks + Company

Charles Sparks + Company is a leading interior design and consulting firm, specializing in retail store design and planning. In addition to serving as retail consultant, Charles Sparks + Company created the design for the new Harvard Art Museums shop.


ARCADIS served as the program manager for the Harvard Art Museums project and is the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm specializing in the application of design, consultancy, engineering, project, and management services.

Harvard Planning & Project Management

Harvard Planning & Project Management (HPPM) supports University campus planning, capital planning, and construction project management. HPPM has been the primary university partner for the Harvard Art Museums project in stewardship of facilities, land, capital financial resources, and physical plant information, as well as collaboration with university clients, stakeholders, neighbors, and the broader community.