In the course of our work, there have been great changes in the world landscape of museum design and planning. We have had the opportunity to contribute to the evolution of museums, and our design philosophy as a firm has developed accordingly. We are guided by these key design principles:
Every Museum is Unique
Every museum represents the unique confluence of its mission, site, community, and support. A museum’s architecture should express the mission and personality of the institution and creatively express each museum’s unique identity while meeting functional needs in ways that surprise and delight both visitors and staff.
Mission-Driven Planning and Design
Our goal is to help create successful museums – museums that take exceptional care of their collections, provoke remarkable educational experiences, and are loved by their communities. They respond to each museum’s mission with ingenious and spirited solutions that tie together and resolve complex needs.
A Compelling Visitor Experience is Essential
The architecture should create a set of spaces where visitors feel welcome, emotionally engaged, and intellectually inspired by every part of their visit. A museum’s architecture must draw inspiration from its subject and/or collections, and create exciting environments to enhance the stories they tell.
Functional Concerns are Sources of Creative Inspiration
Design excellence and institutional success are achieved with ingenious and spirited solutions to functional needs in ways that surprise and delight both visitors and staff while respecting the needs of the stakeholders.
Sustainability is Critical to Long-Term Success
We consider a museum design successful only when the building and its programs are sustainable over the long term. This requires focused knowledge of museum design that anticipates the unique challenges of museum institutions.