Bob Downs If you know me, you know I’m wildly enthusiastic about minerals and technology. Other than that, it takes something Earthshaking to get my attention. What you may not know is that for many years I’ve wanted to expand the scope and presence of the University of Arizona Geosciences Department, and more specifically, the UA Gem and Mineral Museum.
At long last, we’ve found the right place at the right time. For me, this is as thrilling as analyzing mineral data from the Mars Rover Mission. As you know, Tucson is the mineral and colored stone capital of the world. And trust me, we are now going to look the part. Our new museum will be a huge draw for the scientific community, collectors, and tourists. With this move, we’ll bring the world to the doorstep of our Earth sciences department.
Corky Poster Corky Poster is the founder of Poster Frost Mirto, a Tucson-based architectural firm with deep roots in historical design. Corky graduated from the Harvard School of Design and founded the firm in 1983. He is known for his grass roots urban design, community based architecture and for pioneering an integrated approach to historic preservation planning.
Ralph Applebaum Ralph Applebaum Associates (RAA) is a multidisciplinary firm specializing in the planning and design of museums, exhibits, educational environments and visitor attractions. A family-owned company founded in 1978, its portfolio includes many of the world’s most recognizable public learning institutions across 700 completed commissions in more than 50 countries. The firm counts the Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Gems among their many global achievements.
“Repurposing one of the most beautiful, historic, and iconic buildings in the state? I can’t think of anything I’d rather work on. And creating a new home for the University of Arizona Gem & Mineral Museum feeds right into my sense of Tucson’s identity as a community. The plans are in progress. This project is right in my wheelhouse.” - Corky Poster, Founder of Poster Frost Mirto