Academy Taps Renzo Piano, Zoltan Pali to Design Movie Museum

The award-winning architects will design the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures located at LACMA.

Award-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali will design the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced Wednesday.

The movie museum will be located in the May Company building, part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

"Renzo’s track record of creating iconic cultural landmarks combined with Zoltan’s success in transforming historically-significant buildings is a perfect marriage for a museum that celebrates the history and the future of the movies," said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.

Piano, who won architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, in 1998, is the founder of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. His design accomplishments include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Central St. Giles Court in London, the Kansai International Airport Terminal in Osaka and the Menil Collection in Houston. Piano also designed the expansion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Pali, a Los Angeles native, is the design principal and co-founder of Studio Pali Fekete architects. He is known for his Los Angeles-area restorations of the Greek Theatre, the Gibson Amphitheatre and the Pantages Theatre.

The Museum Committee is composed of Academy governors Craig Barron, Jim Bissell, Gale Anne Hurd, Rob Friedman and Robert Rehme; Academy members Kathleen Kennedy, former president Sid Ganis and Academy President Tom Sherak.