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The Vero Beach Museum of Art (VBMA) has announced the appointment of international design firm Allied Works Architecture to lead the expansion and renovation of the 35-year-old institution. Recognized for its arts and culture projects, Allied Works will focus on building the museum’s resilience and addressing future growth needs.
Allied Works was chosen following an extensive nine-month search that included a shortlist of 13 national architectural firms and a possible shortlist of four. VBMA worked with architect selection consultant David Meckel to lead the selection process. The design team will be led by Allied Works founder Brad Cloepfil and directors Chelsea Grassinger and Gabe Smith.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with everyone at VBMA and bring this project to fruition,” said Grassinger.
“Brad, Chelsea, Gabe and their team have fully understood the complexities and opportunities of our project, which involves opening up to a lush park environment while simultaneously building a more resilient campus,” said Brady Roberts, Executive Director and CEO of VBMA. “Allied Works has the right experience – including extensive experience working on museums in high humidity coastal areas – and the creative design thinking to meet these challenges.”
Allied Works will begin the design process with an intensive phase of research and exploration this summer. The project will respond to Florida’s growing population and contemplate a platform for expansion over time. The company will take inspiration from the landscape and employ a holistic resilience strategy that “extends far beyond the museum facade”. The planned completion of the VBMA expansion and renovation is in 2026.