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Renovating Art Spaces in Service to Public Experience

Sponsored by Vitro Architectural Glass
Presented by Annabelle Selldorf

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe Annabelle Selldorf’s philosophy on how she approaches public art projects.
  2. Discuss challenges and successes Selldorf faced with the San Diego museum project.
  3. Explain her thoughts on how architects experience setbacks.
  4. List important lessons she learned that she would advise young architects to consider.


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Annabelle Selldorf, principal at Selldorf Architects, joins the Design.ED podcast to discuss the process of designing San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art, her firm’s work at London National Gallery, and finding her way to architecture through the New York art scene. Throughout this interview, she considers setbacks, proud moments, and the lessons that have helped her navigate the often tricky but rewarding practice of renovating beloved public spaces with a human-centered focus in mind.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Photo courtesy of Selldorf Architects

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in La Jolla


Aaron Prinz is the host of the Design:ED Podcast and holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He was born and raised in the rural Northern California town of Red Bluff, just two hours south of the Oregon border. After one year of college, Prinz relocated to San Francisco to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. At age 26, he began studying architecture at Portland State University while interning at Studio Petretti Architecture led by Amanda Petretti. His professional contributions while at Studio Petretti were focused on a portion of the new Multnomah County Courthouse which is a prominent addition to the Portland skyline. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Roxanne where he continues to work as a designer.


Vitro Architectural Glass Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass), North America’s largest glass producer, is dedicated to glass innovation and fueled by the same people, plants and products that made PPG Glass one of the industry’s most respected and reliable commercial glass manufacturers.


Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in December 2022