The Heinz Architectural Center

hac310wideEstablished in 1990 with a generous gift from Mrs. Henry J. Heinz II, the Heinz Architectural Center is a space for investigating the impact of the built environment on people's lives. Its collection of nearly 6,000 objects includes drawings, models, photographs, artifacts, games, ephemera, and the world’s third-largest collection of plaster architectural casts. Ranging from the late 18th century to the present, the collection represents work in architecture, landscape design, engineering, and furniture and interior design by architects of international, national, and regional significance. Areas of strength are residential architecture and leading contemporary British architects; recent collecting activity has focused on the work of emerging practices around the world. The Center presents three exhibitions each year and is the site of summer architecture camps organized jointly by the museum’s education department and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. A new program called HACLab, inaugurated in 2015, invites a team of design radicals to examine and present issues of architectural and planning importance to Pittsburgh and the region. In addition to 4,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Heinz Architectural Center’s facility, designed by Cicognani Kalla Architects, includes a library housing several thousand books, journals, and other types of printed material. 


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Samuel Mockbee, Lucy’s House, Mason’s Bend, Alabama (detail), 2001, Purchase: gift of the Drue Heinz Trust, 2002.67.1


Lebbeus Woods, D-Quad 190: Geothermal living lab (detail), from the Centricity series, 1987, Purchase: gift of the Drue Heinz Trust in honor of Dennis McFadden, 1999.21


Robert Adam, architect, Hugh Colvin, modelmaker, Obelisk Lodge, Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, England, 1991, Purchase: gift of Henry J. and Drue Heinz Foundation, 91.6.4