Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), a historic mid-century modern­ist landmark designed by renowned architects Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, contains excep­tional collections of art, science, and history. Its distinctive tiered landscape serves as a popular gathering space while also integrat­ing seamlessly with the building. In 2018, after completing a thorough renovation of its extraordinary brutalist building, refreshing galleries and educational spaces, the museum launched a campaign to renovate its campus, which is frequented by 400,000 individuals a year.


The Oakland Museum of California and the Garden Conservancy begin a five-year partnership in support of the renovation of the museum’s campus.

OMCA breaks ground for new campus and gardens.

OMCA taps two award-winning firms for the renovation of its campus. The Oakland-based Hood Design Studio, headed by Walter Hood, former chair of landscape architecture at the University of Califor­nia at Berkeley, is engaged to revitalize the gardens, working with Mark Cavagnero & Associates, the architecture firm that handled the museum’s previous renovation in 2010 -12.

In July, the museum applies for preservation assistance from the Garden Conservancy.

$63 million renovation of the museum’s galleries and educational facilities

OMCA opens, merging three existing museums (art, science, and history) to “tell the extraordinary story of California.” In a breakthrough combining museum and landscape design, architect Kevin Roche worked with landscape architect Dan Kiley to create an urban community campus, featuring a 24,600-square-foot, terraced roof garden that extends the museum’s exhibi­tion space and offers numerous spaces for public gatherings. Kiley engaged Geraldine Knight Scott, landscape architect and founder of the California Horticultural Society, to select the plantings for his modern-day “hanging gardens of Babylon.”


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Congratulations to landscape architect Walter Hood

Named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow

and the 2019 recipient of the

Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Partnership with Oakland Museum of California

Read our December 2019 cover story, "Garden Conservancy to Support Renovation of Landmark Landscape"