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The Culinary Institute of America and Architectural Resources Group Team Up to Reinvent Copia at Napa

Napa, CA – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has appointed the San Francisco-based Architectural Resource Group (ARG) to oversee the design and redevelopment of the college’s newest facility, the former site of Copia in the city of Napa, CA. The building will reopen this year as The Culinary Institute of America at Copia.

“How pleased we are to continue this long-term collaboration on an exciting new venue,” says Naomi Miroglio, principal of ARG. Previously, ARG designed both the Rudd Center for Wine Studies and the Williams Center for Flavor Discovery at the college’s Greystone campus in St. Helena.

Copia opened in 2001 as a nonprofit museum and education center dedicated to wine, food, and the arts. Located on the riverfront in downtown Napa, the building closed to the public in 2008. The CIA acquired the northern portion of the 12-acre site earlier this year. “Copia is in fantastic shape, and we have great plans for bringing the facility back to life,” says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “We want to ensure that our reinvention of Copia provides an even greater experience for visitors and the community while also maintaining what made it such a remarkable space over the course of its history.”

Totaling more than 80,000 square feet, Copia contains a 280-seat theater, a 100-seat demonstration kitchen, a library, retail space, classrooms, exhibition spaces, and an array of outdoor gardens. An outdoor amphitheater seats more than 700. ARG will work with the CIA to best determine how the physical space can be reallocated to bring the CIA’s offerings to a larger audience while complementing the Greystone campus, which remains home to the college’s degree programs. The work will include constructing teaching kitchens similar to those at Greystone, adding a wine-tasting venue and a new restaurant, developing a museum, and designing other spaces for consumer engagement. By providing educational and culinary programs to the public, the revitalized facility will fulfill Copia’s original vision as a gathering place celebrating Napa’s prominence as a center for wine and culinary arts.

ARG will also assist the college in cultivating supporters for the new facility. As a not-for-profit college, the CIA relies on underwriters to fund many of its programs, and there will be several naming opportunities available at the CIA at Copia.

To track the progress of the facility, visit and register for e-mail updates or follow on social media. The first phase of the CIA at Copia is scheduled to open in spring 2016.

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Copia in Napa, CA in 2005. The Culinary Institute of America acquired Copia in 2015 and has appointed San Francisco-based Architectural Resource Group to oversee the redevelopment of the property. Upon its reopening later this year, The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will once again become an innovative wine country destination for food and wine experiences. (Photo credit:
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About The Culinary Institute of America

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About Architectural Resources Group

With offices in San Francisco, Pasadena, and Portland, Oregon, Architectural Resources Group’s practice helps people realize opportunities in the historic built environment to create great places, enhance investment, and enliven community. The firm’s services include new design in historic settings, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, seismic strengthening, sustainable design, restoration, programming and facility master planning, feasibility studies, and interior design. The firm’s work can be seen throughout the Napa Valley at sites such as the Napa Valley Opera House, Beringer Vineyards, Charles Krug Winery, and Napa Valley Vintners offices in St. Helena. Recently, the firm completed the new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.

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