September 20, 2019

Everson Museum Café Design Competition Jury

Closed to the public

The Everson Museum of Art is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic, I.M. Pei-designed building. As part of a comprehensive effort to revitalize Pei’s masterpiece, the Everson has partnered with the School of Architecture to host an international competition to design a museum café. The café will also serve as a venue to showcase and put into use The Rosenfield Collection, a newly acquired 3,000-plus piece functional ceramic art collection assembled by Dallas-based couple Louise and David Rosenfield.

After an internal review of invited submissions from architecture offices in Canada, China, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United States, four finalists have been selected: FreelandBuck (Los Angeles/ New York), MILLIØNS (Los Angeles), NATURALBUILD (Shanghai) and Norman Kelley (Chicago/New Orleans). Each finalist will travel to Syracuse in September to participate in a public symposium and present a developed proposal to a jury of professionals in architecture, ceramics and the culinary arts. The jury will select one firm to receive a commission to complete the new café.


  • FreelandBuck, Los Angeles and New York
    David Freeland & Brennan Buck
  • MILLIØNS, Los Angeles
    John May & Zeina Koreitem
  • NATURALBUILD, Shanghai
    Yanfei Shui & Yi-Chi Su
  • Norman Kelley, Chicago and New Orleans
    Carrie Norman & Thomas Kelley


  • Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, MoMA Department of Architecture and Design, NYC
  • Aric Chen, Curatorial Director, Design Miami; Professor, Tongji University School of Design and Innovation, Shanghai, China
  • Elizabeth Dunbar, Director and CEO, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
  • Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
  • Jing Liu, Principal, SO – IL, NYC
  • Matt Shaw, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper, NYC
  • Oana Stănescu, Principal, Oana Stănescu Studio, NYC; Design Critic, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA


  • Louise Rosenfield, Ceramic Artist and Collector, Dallas, Texas
  • Fouad Dietz, Chair of Buildings and Grounds Committee, Everson Museum Board of Trustees, Syracuse, NY
  • Karyn Korteling ’81 (Newhouse), Owner, Pastabilities, Syracuse, NY
  • Kate Nutting, Principal and Managing Member, VIP Architectural Associates, Syracuse, NY
  • Britt Thorp, Ceramic Artist and Chef, Syracuse, NY