The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the world’s premier arts institutions, welcomes more than one million visitors per year. In 2011, ABA completed a comprehensive planning effort for the museum’s 15-acre campus, which stands adjacent to the Back Bay Fens, a National Historic Landmark. ABA’s MFA Master Plan focused on establishing connections between museum buildings and resources, physically and functionally; presenting the MFA in a compelling civic landscape; and establishing community through the reprogramming and redesign of facilities.
With the MFA, ABA developed a program for the entire museum and their potential expansion into the historic Forsyth Building. ABA also developed the program and architectural approach for a proposed study center housing on-site collections storage, conservation labs, curatorial staff, library and archives, and shared facilities for scholars, staff, students, and visitors. ABA completed upgrades for the Forsyth Building and developed its interior preservation guidelines.