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Rick Mather Architects has won its first US commission, to extend and redesign the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.The £55.5 million project will result in the addition of 9300m 2of space to the current 35,300m 2building. The project will include the addition of galleries, a visitor service area, administrative offices, a 1.2ha sculpture garden and a parking zone. Rick Mather Architects beat off competition from Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, New York; Polshek Partnership, New York; SmithMiller + Hawkinson Architects, New York; and Machado and Silvetti Associates, Boston. The project is set for completion in 2007.

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