Project Description

Stanford University Art Building

Stanford University sought to unite the making and studying of art under one roof with a new building to house the Art and Art History Departments and joint library.

While related, studio art and art history differ in their facilities needs. MKThink catalogued the usage of existing facilities and engaged with key stakeholders to develop a unified vision for the building that addressed each department’s needs while fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.

MkThink translated the vision for the building into an organizational framework, which served as the basis for the $87 million, 100,000-SF McMurty Art Building, designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro and completed in 2015.

For the first time in the university’s history, art history students work alongside students practicing fine arts. Studio art courses have increased 35%.

Project name

Planning Study


Master Planning, Strategic Planning
Visioning, Utilization and Occupancy


Stanford, CA


2008 – 2009




96,000 SF  


Stanford University