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Photo: Scott Frances, 2010. View of the Rodin Galleries. Courtesy NCMA.

This weekend, April 24–25, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh—one of the most important museums in the South—reopens to the public following the completion of a major three-year expansion. The new 127,000-square-foot West Building, designed by New York-based architects Thomas Phifer and Partners and surrounded by gardens and courtyards, showcases the Museum’s wide-ranging collection, including nearly 200 recent acquisitions. The Museum is sited in a 164-acre park encompassing rolling hills, fields, and woodlands and containing more than a dozen works of art.

Founded in 1996, Thomas Phifer and Partners aims to create architecture with an economy and simplicity of elements in planning, in use of light and air, and in building organization. We support an egalitarian, collaborative process involving skilled practitioners from a variety of disciplines. We engage these professionals at the earliest stages of the design and work toward the common goal of high performance, integrated design that unites the art of architecture with technology, and environmental responsibility.

The firm has completed significant projects of large and small scale in the public and private sector throughout the country, including courthouses, museums, commercial office buildings, and residences. Our work has been nationally recognized numerous times for design excellence and innovation. Thomas Phifer is personally involved in every project the firm undertakes and works with a committed and talented staff to insure that each design achieves harmony with its surroundings by balancing human needs and environmental imperatives.

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