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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego picks architect for expansion

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The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has chosen the firm of architect Annabelle Selldorf to head a multimillion-dollar expansion that is expected to triple the size of the museum's location in La Jolla. 

Selldorf, based in New York, has worked for art-related clients including the Neue Galerie and the Acquavella Galleries on the Upper East Side. The San Diego museum will be the firm's first contemporary art museum project and its first project on the West Coast.

A representative of the firm said it plans to have an initial concept design by early fall, with a more detailed schedule to be established at that time.

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The cost of the expansion will remain unknown until the museum receives the schematics in the fall, according to a museum spokeswoman. A recent report in the New York Times said the cost will be $30 million and will commence in about two years' time. 

The project is intended to triple the size of the museum's location in La Jolla. (The museum also has a location in San Diego.)

Fund raising for the effort will also include money that will go toward the museum's endowment.

The project will create more gallery space to exhibit the museum's permanent collection, as well as additional space for education.

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