Who gets to choose?
December 23, 2011
The Kimball Art Center is actively soliciting pubic input on the Transformation Project. The board launched the architectural design competition by placing a giant chalkboard in the middle of the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue during the Kimball Art Festival where passersby were invited to scribble their ideas for their future art center. Since then the Kimball has held a "Meet Your Designer Night" and is currently displaying all five proposed models in the Badami Gallery. Everyone is invited to comment on the designs in person (comment cards are available at the center’s front desk, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or on Facebook and Twitter.
But the final decision will be made by a five-member jury selected by the Kimball Art Center board with input from their consultant Donald Stastny.
Stastny, an award-winning architect in his own right has also been recognized for his efforts to engage communities in local planning efforts.
The members of the Transformation Project jury are:
-Park City resident Jim Gaddis, a former national alpine skiing champion and Utah Skiing Hall of Fame honoree. As the founder of Gaddis Investments, he also has extensive expertise in real estate development and finances.
-Tina Stahlke Lewis, a former Park City Council member and founder of the Park City Historic District Commission. Lewis, has been involved in several major historic renovation projects in Park City and Salt Lake including Park City’s Miners Hospital and the Utah State Capitol.
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-Prescott Muir, the founder of Prescott Muir Architects in Salt Lake City, has been involved with several projects in Park City including the Stag Lodge and the Swaner EcoCenter. He also teaches a design theory course at the University of Utah.
-Joanne Shiebler, a marketing expert, also adds her perspective as a local resident who is active on several of the community’s nonprofit boards.
– Maurice Cox of Charlottesville, Virginia was invited to be on the board to offer not only a perspective from another part of the country, but also because of his commitment to rural community design. He served as Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts and has received numerous accolades for his work in advancing the relationship between architects and local communities.
– Kimball Aert Center Director Robin Marrouche and Park City Muncipal’s Community Affairs Director Phyllis Robinson als serve as ex-officio members of the jury.
The Kimball hopes to pick the winning design in February and to begin construction in 2013.