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Brian Butterfield



Brian is a New York and Los Angeles based architect and exhibition designer. Brian spent 10 years working at cultural institutions and university museums before joining wHY architecture as the director of the newly formed Museums Workshop. He is leading wHY’s expanding portfolio of museum and arts projects as both design director and researching the role museums and art spaces play in cities, the public realm, and the ever changing art world. Recently named one of the world’s top 100 design firms by Architectural Digest, wHY is known for projects including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Speed Museum, the gallery design for the Fogg at Harvard Art Museums, the renovation and expansion of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, gallery renovations at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the design of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The studio is currently working on the redesign of the Rockefeller Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Northwest Coast Hall at the American Museum of Natural History, both in New York City, as well as the “Stories of Cinema” galleries at the soon to open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences.

Before joining wHY, Brian was the Senior Design Manager for Exhibitions and Capital Projects at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There he managed a team of architects, exhibition designers, producers, and lighting designers overseeing all exhibitions at the Met 5th Avenue and the Met Breuer. He has held faculty positions at the Yale School of Architecture, where he also was the Director of Exhibitions from 2011-2014. Previously Brian worked for the award winning architecture firm Della Valle Bernheimer in Brooklyn New York and has a BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and his Masters in Architecture from Yale.