Museum Design

The winning architectural design for the African American Museum was announced this past week. There are several interesting points from our perspective as NWHM contemplates building its own museum. Most importantly is that the exterior design should be an extension of the museum’s program. Consequently, looking at the six final designs made available to the public did not provide a full picture. The selection committee was looking for a reflection of the museum’s message so they looked with a different eye from someone walking in at the end of their process.

The winning design was not my personal favorite but it was probably the closest to expressing the African American Museum’s story as they have outlined it. And then there is always the human factor — who do we think we can work with to achieve the best results.

NWHM will continue to follow their process and we congratulate the African American Museum on its progress.

2 Responses to “Museum Design”

  1. Kelly Brown says:

    I really like your post. Does it copyright protected?

  2. J.D. Lynne says:

    Have you considered the possibility that the plans exist for the Women’s building at the World’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893. Designed by the first woman architecture graduate of MIT and a significant part of womens history itself, what a great accomplishment recreating it would be. The original busts of Anthony, Stanton, and Mott were displayed prominently in the great Hall. This would really make Women’s History come alive. The neoclassic style would fit right in with many of the 19th century buildings already in the area.

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