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.