McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History (2015)

Stanford’s new McMurtry Building for the arts will provide unified facilities for art history, art practice and film programs.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, along with the executive architect, Portland, OR-based Boora Architects, has designed not only a new home for the Department of Art and Art History but an interdisciplinary hub for the arts at Stanford that will foster interaction and collaboration among students and faculty, and support the integration of the arts into university life.

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Housed within 96,000 gross square feet and under one roof for the first time will be programs in art practice, design, art history, film and media studies, and documentary film and video. The building will also include art studios, screening spaces, film editing rooms, exhibition space, the Experimental Media Art Lab and Sound Studio and the Art and Architecture Library.The McMurtry Building is to be located at 355 Roth Way located between the Cantor Arts Center and Parking Structure 1 and will open in 2015.

Design Team

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) integrates architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. The design studio was founded in New York City by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio; Charles Renfro was made a partner in 2004. Both Diller and Scofidio are recipients of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, which recognized their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture. They were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2009. Other prestigious honors received by DS+R include the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution, the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and numerous Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.

DS+R’s current projects include the third phase of the High Line in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Image & Sound in Rio de Janeiro and Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Contact and Press Resources

Robin Wander, Director of Arts Communication

Design renderings courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Press/Latest News


Showcases for Art in Silicon Valley
The birthplace of Yahoo and Google, Stanford University is now ramping up and showing off its cultural resources.
—Jori Finkel, The New York Times


Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveils Design for $85 M. Stanford Art and Art History Building
Next fall Stanford University will add a new building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the interdisciplinary design studio based out of New York, that will house its department of art and art history as well as its art and architecture library.
—Alexander Mahany, ARTNEWS


Stanford’s McMurtry Building is the third new arts building in as many years
Stanford’s arts district continues to develop on pace with the completion of the Anderson Collection building and progress on McMurtry. The idea is to build a Stanford arts district that taps into innovative artistic traditions on campus and beyond.
—Robin Wander, Stanford News


How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration
The Stanford Arts District fell out of a private jet crossing the country in 2007, on a return flight from a celebration of the program Stanford in Washington.
Reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chroncile
—Sam Whiting, SFGate


Stanford’s art explosion in heart of Silicon Valley
In the four years since Lawrence Neil arrived at Stanford University as a freshman from Shaker Heights, Ohio, he has seen a concert hall open on campus, the amphitheater brought back to life as a rock venue and his freshman dorm turn into an arts-themed house.
Reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chroncile
—Sam Whiting, SFGate


Gold shovels dig into another transformative building at Stanford
The McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History is the latest project in the developing arts district.
—Stanford Report


New building, new faculty demonstrate ambitious growth plans for Stanford’s Department of Art and Art History
The university reveals Diller Scofidio + Renfro architectural renderings for the McMurtry Building, scheduled for completion in 2015, and announces two new art history faculty, Alexander Nemerov and Richard Meyer.
—Stanford Report


Stanford’s new McMurtry Building for the arts moves forward; noted architect selected for design
The new building will provide unified facilities for art history, art practice and film programs. The new interdisciplinary arts hub is part of a major investment in the arts across the campus.
—Stanford Report