The Design 

Renzo Piano's and Zoltan Pali's design vision for the Academy Museum will revitalize the historic Wilshire May Company building, weave it back into the fabric of the city, and create a coherent arts campus that seamlessly connects with LACMA. Their design for the Academy Museum fully restores the historical Wilshire and Fairfax street-front facades and includes a soaring spherical addition at the northern end of the original building. Designed to represent the marriage of art and technology, the addition will house the Museum's state-of-the-art premiere-sized theater as well as a spectacular roof terrace with expansive views of the city.


"The design for the museum will finally enable this wonderful building to be animated and contribute to the city after sitting underutilized for so long. I am very inspired by the Academy's mission, and the idea of the arts and sciences working together to create films. Our design will preserve the Wilshire May Company building's historic public profile while simultaneously signaling that the building is taking on a new life—a life that celebrates both the industry and art form that this city created and gave to the world."

–Renzo Piano

Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

The Academy Museum is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)—a planning document which describes the environmental impacts associated with a project. Areas of study include: traffic, air quality, noise, city services, and land use, among others. The EIR evaluates potential impacts within these study areas. The Museum Project consists of the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the historically significant Wilshire May Company department store building and construction of a new wing that will house a 1000-seat theater. 

There are six basic project Objective Categories (listed below). The EIR studies each objective and will release the conclusions in the final EIR.

    • Design a world-class Museum to showcase the past, present, and future of the motion picture industry
    • Rehabilitate the original building and preserve its historic significance
    • Operate the Museum in a manner that provides opportunities for a range of visitors while meeting Academy administrative and programming needs
    • Create an economically viable and sustainable Museum
    • Locate the Museum on a site uniquely suited for museum uses and accessible to residents and tourists
    • Reinforce connections to the surrounding neighborhood

    For questions regarding the EIR, please contact: or (310) 247-3000.