The angular exterior of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, which will open its doors on 9 November in Lansing, Michigan. Photo by Eric Wheeler.

LANSING, SOUTHHAMPTON, AND CLEVELAND - You don’t have to have a starchitect lined up—but it sure doesn’t hurt. That seems to be the thinking behind some of the biggest new museum projects in the U.S. that are due to open this autumn, all of which are now busy construction sites while many of the rest of us are still lying on the beach.

Super-collectors Eli and Edythe Broad gave $28 million to Michigan State University in Lansing (Eli’s alma mater) for a 46,000-square-foot facility whose design is courtesy of Zaha Hadid, the Baghdad-born, London-based architect. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, whose November 9th opening will show off the daring angularity that won Hadid a Pritzker Prize in 2004.

The beloved Parrish Art Museum has hired none other than Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the Swiss duo who have also bagged the Pritzker, to create the first new museum on Long Island’s East End in more than a century. The Parrish’s new digs—in Water Mill, a short hop from the existing Southampton building—will double the museum’s size to 34,000 square feet, at a cost of $26 million. By November, Hamptonites will be looking at the de Koonings and Lichtensteins from the Parrish’s collection in the Water Mill facility.


The new Parrish Art Museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is scheduled to debut its new space in November. Renderings © Herzog & de Meuron.

Cleveland—a city that has not had a major new museum in quite a long time—debuts its Museum of Contemporary Art in October. The designer is not a big name (yet); architect Farshid Moussavi is a Harvard professor who’s based in London, but she was a Rem Koolhaas protégé, so maybe that pedigree fits the pattern. By the numbers, it’s right in line with the Parrish’s building—$26 million and 34,000 square feet (there must be something in numerology to explain that coincidence).


The brand new MoCA Cleveland will open in October with Inside Out and From the Ground Up, on view through February. Courtesy of MOCA Cleveland and Farshid Moussavi Architecture, 2010.

And that Midwestern city has even bigger things in store for next year: The Cleveland Museum of Art is pouring a whopping $350 million into a total overhaul and expansion due in 2013. It’s starchitect-designed, naturally – Spaniard Rafael Viñoly is doing the design honors.