Imagination - Intelligence - Love for The Planet

World Architecture Magazine

“Once inside, the visitor is immediately aware of the vast space opening before him…the gallery space feels open and friendly. Kha Le-Huu saved his most impressive vista for the rotunda, a circular space that rises 60 feet at the peak of the tetrahedron skylight.”

 

 

 

Larry David Perkins, Interim Director
Harn Museum of Art / Gainesville, Florida

“Kha Le-Huu is a man of talent and vision. He is extremely dedicated to balancing the needs of the visitor, the staff, the collections, the exhibitions, and the environment. It is evident that many who know him and are familiar with his work share in this opinion.”

 

 

 

Budd Harris Bishop, Founding Director
Harn Museum of Art / Gainesville, Florida

“Kha Le-Huu designed the Harn Museum of Art, which has been recognized by museum professionals throughout Florida as the most successful solution to the myriad needs of an art museum.”

 

 

 

Rebecca Martin Nagy, Ph.D., Director
Harn Museum of Art / Gainesville, Florida

“Kha Le-Huu and his associates are gifted architects with a refined, sophisticated aesthetic sensibility, who also are responsive to the programmatic needs of their clients. This quality of their work is abundantly clear in the existing Harn Museum building, which constantly receives accolades not only for its handsome architecture but also for the way it has stood the test of time both in its design and in its physical structure.”

 

 

 

 

Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art
Harn Museum of Art / Gainesville, Florida

“Having worked at the Harn since its inception, I can testify that we are continually amazed at how splendidly the architecture serves the visitor’s experience and the art on display. In addition, as an international center for scholarship, we continually receive compliments from visitors from around the world who attest to the museum’s sophistication and beauty."

 

 

 

Jude Goodier-Mojher, Associate Curator
Orlando Museum of Art / Orlando, Florida

“... it was wonderful to see the museum, especially for those of us who had not been there. Your facility is beautiful...” (in reference to the Harn Museum of Art)

 

 

 

Diana L. Tonnessen, Associate Editor
Gainesville Magazine

“I had recently moved back to Gainesville from New York City. I can recall wandering through the building totally awestruck by the sense that I had been completely transported out of Gainesville…I could almost convince myself that I was back in New York….At the Harn, I was enamored not only with the art, but also with the building itself – especially its transformative powers!”

 

 

 

Thomas C. Emmel, Ph.D., Director

McGuire Center of Lepidoptera & Biodiversity / Gainesville, Florida

"A great architect and an inspirational friend."

 

 

 

William McGuire, M.D., Benefactor
McGuire Center of Lepidoptera & Biodiversity / Gainesville, Florida

"A great building and a superb project."

 

 

 

Betty Dunckel, Ph.D., Director of Education
Florida Museum of Natural History /
Gainesville, Florida

“The McGuire Center opened in mid-August 2004 and the museum has had record-breaking attendance since then.”

 

 

 

Jacqueline Miller, Ph.D., Curator
McGuire Center of Lepidoptera & Biodiversity / Gainesville, Florida

"Kha, thanks for your vision and inspiration in such a wonderful and beautiful building..."

 

 

 

Dale Johnson, Exhibit Designer
Florida Museum of Natural History /

Gainesville, Florida
"Your strong vision helped us make fabrication decisions right up to opening. Thank you for clearly defining the look of our public spaces…they are truly fantastic."

 

 

 

Antonio Aguerrevere, Department Manager
Orange County Florida Department of

Capital Projects

“Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm, ideas and intelligence. Your positive attitude and values have made a difference in the projects you are involved in. I am very proud of these efforts.”

 

 

 

Orlando Business Journal

“Le-Huu’s ‘marginal, radical’ design philosophies have brought a special element to the work done on the History Center.”

 

 

 

Robert A. Fraser, Project Manager
Vision Plan for Orlando Parks Initiative
“Kha’s firm handled its work on the Vision Plan with great professionalism and the principles they advocated have made a very positive impact on the way these parks will be developed.”

 

 

 

Margaret D. Lowman, Ph.D., Executive Director
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens / Sarasota, Florida

“Small footprints + Great vision + Extreme energy = Beauty.”

 

 

 

Margaret D. Lowman, Ph.D., Executive Director
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens / Sarasota, Florida
“The results are fabulous and the Gardens’ stream of revenue from events in this location has more than tripled.”

 

 

 

Leslie Bigelman, Director
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands / Grand Cayman, British West Indies
“Kha’s most valuable contributions to me and to the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands have been, and continue to be, his sensitivity to the environment and our culture, as well as his intuitive and spiritual approach to everything he does.”

 

 

 

Edna Hibel, Benefactor
Hibel Museum of Art / Jupiter, Florida
“It is an uplifting experience to be in Mr. Le-Huu’s sensitive and caring hands. I love his enthusiasm, sincerity, and caring as he guides us in creating a building of which the Hibel Museum of Art and Florida Atlantic University will be very proud.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New York Times

“The butterfly rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History is a breathtaking place to start touring. It’s a calming spectacle. Everyone’s blood pressure drops when they come in here.”

 

 

 

The Gainesville Sun

“In particular, the Cultural Plaza on the western border of the campus is a proud statement of what an enlightened community has to offer.”

 

 

 

Budd Harris Bishop, Founding Director
Harn Museum of Art / Gainesville, Florida

“The Harn (Museum of Art) has proved over and over the genius of Kha’s design. People love it - to be in it - to see art in it. They comment on its special qualities. I never heard that before!”

 

 

 

Carol Shey,Donor
University of Florida Cultural Plaza

“The magnificent facilities and edifices you have created showcase and enrich people’s cultural existence. The cultural plaza is a much beloved gift to the community!”

 

 

 

Rebecca Martin Nagy, Ph.D., Director
Harn Museum of Art / Gainesville, Florida

“… grand opening of the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion, breaking all previous records for attendance at a members’ event.”

 

 

 

Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art
Harn Museum of Art / Gainesville, Florida

“The Harn Museum was built on a limited budget, yet it conveys a feeling of utter elegance and beauty.”

 

 

 

Thomas B. Peter, Director of Facilities
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens / Sarasota, Florida

“I especially enjoyed the Harn Museum and must say that upon reflection felt it was one of the most friendly public buildings that I have been in.”

 

 

 

Douglas Jones, Ph.D., Director
Florida Museum of Natural History /

Gainesville, Florida

"Thanks for an inspired design for the McGuire Center."

 

 

 

Thomas C. Emmel, Ph.D., Director
McGuire Center of Lepidoptera & Biodiversity / Gainesville, Florida

“This magnificent building complex, designed by Kha Le-Huu & Partners, has multiplied our attendance almost seven-fold since we opened the McGuire Center.”

 

 

 

Betty Dunckel, Ph.D., Director of Education
Florida Museum of Natural History /

Gainesville, Florida

“As I have long admired the architecture and elegance of the Harn Museum, I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work with you on the McGuire Center. Your vision is truly exciting and I very much appreciate your concern for both the aesthetics and function of the project.”

 

 

 

Betty Dunckel, Ph.D., Director of Education
Florida Museum of Natural History /
Gainesville, Florida

“I have brought colleagues from institutions like the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.) and American Museum of Natural History (New York) and organizations like the National Science Foundation and American Association for the Advancement of Science (both in Washington, D.C.) to the museum for a national conference and a national advisory committee meeting. Without exception, these colleagues have been thoroughly impressed by the new McGuire Center.”

 

 

 

Darcie McMahon, Assistant Director in charge

of Exhibits
Florida Museum of Natural History /

Gainesville, Florida

"…I think we can all be proud of what we created, and the public is already entranced…"

 

 

 

Susan Pharr, Associate Director
Florida Museum of Natural History /

Gainesville, Florida

"Kha, your spirit lives every day at the Florida Museum of Natural History. I am honored to be a part of it."


 

 

John Waterman, County Architect

Orange County, Florida
“Kha always brings the challenge to think outside the box. He doesn’t take things for granted, and that is where his creative spark comes from. He brings a certain spirit to a project.”

 

 


The Honorable Glenda E. Hood, Florida Secretary of State
“I applaud your efforts in providing state-of-the-art environmental education, research and resource management. Thank you for being a responsible and sensitive steward of the environment and a partner in building a sustainable and livable Orlando!”

 

 

 

Richard Crotty, Mayor
Orange County, Florida

“A rare occasion when a project rises head and shoulders above the rest in both design and execution.” (on Capehart Park & Neighborhood Center)

 

 

 

Margaret D. Lowman, Ph.D., Executive Director
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens / Sarasota, Florida

“The changes in the Garden that you have designed and nurtured will be a lasting legacy to nature. Thank you.”

 

 

 

Ruth K. Beesch, Director
Weatherspoon Art Gallery / Greensboro,

North Carolina

“As a museum professional, I have the utmost respect and praise for his inquisitive nature and his ability to listen to the needs of his client. I also believe that his aesthetic judgment and respect for function are innately and sensitively linked, a quality of vital concern when dealing with museum design.”

 

 

 

Anne Birch, Program Manager
Brevard County Environmentally Endangered

Lands Program
“No guts… No story! Congratulations to you, your staff and consultants.”

 

 

 

Budd H. Bishop, Founding Director
Harn Museum of Art / Gainesville, Florida

“Our working relationship was tremendous. Kha is sensitive, informed, respectful, and open to his clients’ wishes and vision…[the Harn’s] growth and dynamic position in the university museum world after only twenty years are a testament to the way Kha’s brilliant design has supported the museum’s programs and exhibitions.”