The October 13th panel discussion, “The Cheech: Art, Community and Rehabilitation,” is cohosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco and its Latinx in Architecture and Historic Resources committees. Elisa Hernández Skaggs, AIA, an associate principal with the architecture and preservation firm Page & Turnbull, joins colleagues Paulina Bouyer-Magaña of WHY and María Esther Fernández, artistic director of The Cheech, along with moderator Patricia Alarcón of the firm Ratcliff.
During the one-hour session, the panelists explore how the project team balanced the adaptive reuse and preservation of a local landmark to reimagine the building for its new identity as The Cheech. They will also highlight the community outreach that built public support for the project, promoted inclusivity, and ultimately reactivated the building as a new and vital cultural center. As well, attendees will have the opportunity to network before and after the session.
With her colleagues and design team, Skaggs helped lead the new center’s transformation from a 1964 Modernist library into an inviting, 61,420-square-
“The museum is a premier center for a world-class collection of Chicano art,” says Skaggs. “Our approach integrates the building’s original New Formalist style and character with new floor layouts and upgraded systems. It’s a welcoming, modern cultural venue where the community can see and appreciate an impressive range of exceptional art by Chicano artists.”