An aerial photograph of the museum's campus with a rendering of the new building in the top left

Building the Buffalo AKG Art Museum: Project History


The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Future/Forward Strategic Plan by Snøhetta & Brightspot lays the groundwork for a future campus expansion project

Dr. Janne Sirén with Clyfford Still’s October 1950, 1950. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

January 2013

The Directorship of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery passes to the eleventh director, Janne Sirén

October 2014

AK Members Meetings introduce the idea of a campus expansion

June 2015

A motion is unanimously approved by the AK Board of Directors to endorse the vision for AK360

AK360 Capital Campaign Chairman Robert G. Wilmers. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

November 2015

Robert G. Wilmers becomes chairman of the AK360 Capital Campaign

OMA Principal and Design Architect Shohei Shigematsu. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

June 2016

OMA/Shohei Shigematsu is announced as the AK360 architectural partner

Jeffrey Gundlach. Image courtesy of DoubleLine Capital LP.

June 2016

Jeffrey Gundlach ignites the AK360 Campaign with the promise of a $42.5 million matching gift to leverage the support of individuals, foundations, and government agencies over the course of twelve weeks

AK360 Public Meeting at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on November 1, 2016. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

November 2016

The second round of AK360 public meetings in which members of the public share their hopes for the future of the Albright-Knox with Shohei Shigematsu/OMA takes place

November 2017

Jeffery Gundlach announces a second matching challenge up to $10 million for 2018

Sketch of the campus of the new Buffalo AKG Art Museum

June 2018

The Albright-Knox Board of Directors approves expansion schematic design and building footprint, including 30,000 square feet of new gallery space and a reimagined education wing

Common sky, 2019, by Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann of Studio Other Spaces. © Studio Other Spaces

April 2019

Albright-Knox announces plans for breaking ground on expansion; activities during construction; and design updates, including a work of art to cover the museum's new Indoor Town Square proposed by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann of Studio Other Spaces

Breaking ground for the future Buffalo AKG Art Museum on November 22, 2019. Photograph by Joe Cascio.

November 2019

Albright-Knox leaders and elected officials break ground on the project and construction begins

Construction on the museum's Elmwood Avenue campus, August 13, 2020. Photograph by Tom Loonan.


Gilbane Building Company performs mass excavation for the new Gundlach Building and underground parking

Completed steel frame of the new Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building, July 7, 2021. Photograph by Joe Cascio.


Gilbane Building Company finishes the steel frame of the new Gundlach Building


The Buffalo AKG Art Museum is scheduled to open in the first half of 2023.

  • About the Project

    The project will more than double the number of artworks the museum can display at any given time, including adding state-of-the-art space for presenting special exhibitions.

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  • Project Partners

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  • Project Schedule

    Gilbane Building Company has completed the steel frame of the new Gundlach Building and is now focusing on enclosures and interior work.

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