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Pacific Visions: Architecture

Meet the Architects and Designers


A leading architectural firm based in San Francisco and the firm behind the Aquarium’s original 1998 building, is designing the Pacific Visions expansion.

Winner of the prestigious American Institute of Architects National Firm of the Year Award, EHDD is celebrated for its ability to envision spaces and places that excite our imaginations, enhance our culture, and inspire higher thinking. From libraries to academic buildings, museums, aquariums, and zoos, EHDD has created civic and cultural centerpieces that are the hallmarks of our community. Some of these include the Monterey Bay Aquarium; the Aron Art Center at Mills College in Oakland, California; the National Museum of Marine Biology/Aquarium in Taiwan; the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois; the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois; Rivali Park, Mixed-Use Development in Mumbai, India; The Exploratorium at Piers 12/17 in San Francisco, California; The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California; and the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.

Cortina Productions

A leading multimedia design firm specializing in museums and aquariums, is creating the immersive theater and interactive experiences for Pacific Visions.

Their work in immersive and interactive exhibits allows visitors to experience content in new and exciting ways. Focused on story-driven films and interactives, Cortina’s media touches visitors on an emotional level, opening hearts and minds to inspire deeper consideration of exhibit content. Recent projects include the San Francisco 49ers Museum and Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, the “Anne Frank” exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Their work has garnered over 45 awards including the Themed Entertainment Association’s “Thea” award for the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Real Cost Café;” and MUSE Awards for the Aquarium of the Pacific, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, “Science Storms” at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Muhammad Ali Center, and many more.