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Located in New York City since the founding of the practice in 1963, the Polshek Partnership is a 150-person firm known for architectural excellence and for its longstanding commitment to cultural, educational, governmental and scientific institutions. Projects have been published internationally and recognized with numerous awards for design excellence, for their important contributions to the cultural life of their cities and for the stabilization of their precincts.

The seven partners proceed from the shared belief that the most elegant architectural responses are both technically and socially relevant to their time and place. Characterized by a collaborative process, the architectural solutions are rooted in extensive research involving the analysis of context, program, public image and environmental and construction technologies. This commitment and the resulting approach have led to the completion of hundreds of projects that in their typological, geographical and formal diversity authentically express the individual client's mission.

The firm has demonstrated success in designing academic buildings, libraries, and museums, as well as the ability to work in different scales and to integrate the old with the new. In 1991 the firm renovated Smith College's Sage Hall, expanding the music center's performance capabilities while maintaining the integrity of its historic shell.

More recently, the firm's Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History in New York was lauded by the New Yorker magazine as possibly "the most important building of the decade" and by The New York Times as "an intelligent design that will also appeal to broad public taste."

Partners Susan T. Rodriguez and James S. Polshek were design principals for the Brown Fine Arts Center.

Selected buildings, in addition to the Brown Fine Arts Center:

American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth and Space, New York, NY

Brooklyn Museum of Art Renovation and Expansion, Brooklyn, NY

Carnegie Hall Renovation and Expansion and Zankel Hall, New York, NY

Center for the Arts Theater at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Drawings and Prints, New York, NY

Copia: the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, CA

Inventure Place, Home of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron, OH

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT

National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resources Center, Suitland, MD

Newseum/Freedom Forum Foundation Headquarters, Washington, DC

New York Hall of Science Expansion, Queens, NY

The New York Botanical Garden, International Plant Science Center, Bronx, NY

Queens Borough Public Library, Flushing Regional Branch, Queens, NY

Sarah Lawrence College, Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold Center for Visual Arts, Yonkers, NY

Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center in America, New York, NY

Smithsonian Institution, Arts and Industries Building, Washington, DC

Stanford University, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford, CA

William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR

Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion, New Haven, CT

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