DIGSAU completed an extensive exterior restoration and complete interior transformation of the former Barnes Foundation into the Frances M. Maguire Art Museum for St. Joseph’s University. Albert Barnes’ iconic salon galleries maintain the familiar scale and proportion, but have been reinterpreted as brighter, more adaptable exhibit and teaching space. To meet contemporary museum standards and enhance its sustainability, the building’s systems, lighting, technology and acoustics were comprehensively upgraded. Central to St. Joseph’s focus on accessibility, a series of strategic interventions now provide full access to the building’s entrance and galleries, ushering in a new era of openness and inclusivity.

To make the Museum more exploratory, a series of rubbed bronze passageways now connect gallery spaces in new ways. 
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Smaller galleries were combined and their distinct ceiling forms were stitched together. 
As part of a comprehensive approach to modernizing the museum, a custom art door that allows large pieces into the building was fabricated within an existing window opening in the main atrium. 
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A room dedicated to the architectural process of the original Cret-designed building maintains the aesthetic of the former Barnes museum, with updated lighting to illuminate the volume of the space. 
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A significant exterior restoration included replacement of deteriorated elements with Pouillenay Rose limestone sourced from the original French quarry. 



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Job Posting: Architectural Designer

We are seeking a full-time architectural designer with exceptional graphic and illustration skills as well as drafting abilities. The roles and responsibilities of the Architectural Designer position include broad exposure to many aspects of project design and delivery, including participation in developing design concepts, creating presentation materials, working on construction documents, and assisting in construction administration. The candidate must be adaptable and able to work to prioritizing tasks with Project Architect supervision; demonstrate an imaginative, creative and innovative design solutions to technical problems; be flexible, a motivated multi-tasker, detail-oriented, and a hard-working team player. View full role description here. 



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