San Jose is the most populous city in northern California, as well as the population and psychological center of Silicon Valley. San Jose State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in California, and is part of the state's 23-campus state university system, which is the largest in the U.S. The School of Art and Design serves as the primary public educational institution in the Valley that focuses on these disciplines. The School reflects the entrepreneurial and innovative nature of the region through development of new programs, innovative collaborations with the private sector, and leadership in the application of computers to art, design, and art history. The new museum will support a diverse gallery program, one of the largest in the country, and will serve as a cultural and educational focal point for the University and the community.
This competition will be conducted in two stages. The first stage will be open to all architects, museum designers, and other design professionals who are licensed to provide the requisite professional services in the State of California. Association of out-of-state architects with California-licensed architects (preferably those familiar with Silicon Valley's environment) is permitted. All first stage submissions will be anonymous. A Competition Jury comprised of design professionals will select the five most promising submissions to become Finalists for the second stage of this competition. Each Finalist team will receive an honorarium of $15,000 toward their Second Stage competition costs, to include preparing a study model of their design.
Each Finalist team will be asked to make an oral presentation of their design to a body consisting of the Jury and University, College, and School faculty, staff, and interested community members prior to the Jury's recommendation of a winning design. The Museum Advisory Committee will review the Jury's decision on the winning design, and will recommend the selection of a winning design to the University President. The competition winner selected by the Committee, and approved by the President, will have the opportunity to negotiate a contract for the requisite professional services to implement their winning design with the Museum. The selected architectural team must receive pre-qualification from the California State University system prior to performing any services. Bill Liskamm, Competition Advisor, FAIA will serve as the Competition Advisor.
The competition schedule indicates that registration is now open. A registration fee of $50 is required of each competitor. The Competition Kit will be posted on the University's website (School of Art and Design page) in mid-October, and a briefing and site visit are scheduled for early November. First stage submissions are due late in mid January 2003, and second stage submissions and Jury presentations are scheduled for early April 2003.
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