Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art Master Plan

Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art Master Plan

Cooper Robertson is leading a comprehensive Master Plan for the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art (BCMA) located in Chadds Ford, PA. The master plan will provide a vision for the future of the BCMA which will enhance the beauty of its 385- acre campuses, much of it on conserved land, while providing inspiring spaces in which to view its renowned collection of American Art.

The BCMA is a unique institution that merges a land conservancy with a premier American art museum focusing on artists of the Brandywine River region, particularly the Wyeth family of artists. The connection between art and nature is an integral theme in the project team’s approach to design.

Currently, the BCMA faces many issues and constraints, including a disconnected campus, aging building and site infrastructure, increased instances of flooding from the Brandywine River, and untamed traffic on US Route 1.

The four-phase master plan addresses these issues as well as needs for a more holistic visitor experience with updated and expanded gallery, event, and back-of-house spaces; improved vehicular circulation and parking; as well as enhanced landscaped spaces and nature trails emphasizing native plants.



Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Site Area
16 acres Inner Campus, 369 acres Outer Campus
Completion Date
  • OLIN Landscape Architect

  • Biohabitats Ecology Consulting

  • Bruce E. Brooks & Associates MEP Engineer

  • Meliora Civil / Stormwater / Structural Engineering

  • VHB Transportation Planning

  • Stuart Lynn Company Cost Estimating