Scott Newman, FAIA


Scott Newman, FAIA is an architect who is recognized internationally as a leader in the programming, planning and design of museums and buildings for higher education. He joined the architecture firm Cooper Robertson in 1984 and is a senior member of the firm’s cultural practice.

In 2015 Mr. Newman was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Mr. Newman has led over 50 museum projects internationally. He was principal architect on the highly acclaimed Gateway Arch Museum in St. Louis that opened in July 2018. He was partner-in-charge for the new Whitney Museum of American Art, in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Recent clients include the Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Trust.

He is currently collaborating with David Adjaye on the new Studio Museum in Harlem and the Princeton University Art Museum, and with OMA on the expansion of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and the Albright-Knox in Buffalo.

Mr. Newman has delivered the keynote address at the Building Museums Symposium, and spoken on contemporary museum design and construction in Washington, Montreal, and Copenhagen. He has served on international design competition juries, and published articles on technical challenges and innovations in museum design.

Mr. Newman was principally involved with the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and served as architect for the award-winning MoMAQNS, the new Museum at the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Seattle Art Museum, exhibition plans for the Art Institute of Chicago, and a master plan for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

His higher education portfolio includes projects for Princeton, the University of Texas at Austin, Ohio State, Hunter College and the City University of New York (CUNY), State University of New York (SUNY), Columbia, UCLA, Michigan State, Colby, and Yale.


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