The agenda for IMCC 2018 will be available in the coming months. Please see the IMCC 2017 agenda below to give you a sense of topics/speakers you can anticipate for IMCC 2018. 

2017 Congress Agenda:

Sunday, November 5th

10:00 - 12:00 Copenhagen Architecture Walking Tour (Optional; Included in Registration Fee; Departs from Skt. Petri Lobby)

12:45 - 13:15  Welcome and Update on Museum Projects in Denmark

            Speaker: Kent Martinussen, Danish Architecture Center

13:15- 13:45 Soft Power 30

Speaker: Robert LaMarre, Lord Cultural Resources

14:00 - 14:45  The Creative Touch

Malcolm Reading, Malcolm Reading Consultants 

Architecture and museums go together – it’s the ultimate commission for designers. The iconic building by a star architect is almost a trademark of cultural institutions new and old, in developed and emerging nations. But what of the future? Will the traditional way of matchmaking client to architect be sufficient? Drawing on his worldwide experience of commissioning both major and modest cultural buildings, Malcolm Reading will trace new themes of collaboration in the emerging generation of global designers that are mindful to the way curators wish to present and interpret their collections and re-engage with a wider spectrum of society. He will show how to get access to the best talent today available and how to make a success of hiring a design team.

15:00 - 15:45 Remember the Exhibitions

Arne Kvorning, Kvorning Design & Kommunikation 

Passionate about exhibition, the speaker will elaborate on the important collaboration among client, curators, planners, architects – and the exhibition designers. The museum is constructed to house an exhibition – so let us work together from the start. Remember the exhibitions …

16:00 - 16:45 Multiple Phase Modernization of a Natural History Museum - ­ Spirit, History, Culture, Science and Technology

Dr. Peter Bartsch, Museum fuer Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science

The collections of the MfN are much older than the surrounding building as designed by August Tiede (1834-1911) and completed in 1889. The early core parts of the collections date back to several natural history cabinets of the late 18th century. They were combined as a research museum of the newly founded Berlin University in 1810. Starting from historical analysis of the architecture, use and properties of the building the contribution outlines the different approaches planned for adapting it to modern needs in terms of research collection requirements, public outreach of natural sciences and energy efficiency within the given framework of a structure listed under monument protection.

In a first step, the ruined east wing of the Museum was rebuilt as a high security storage space. It was designed along safety demands for storing flammable spirits of the fluid-preserved collection of zoological specimens and with the aim of optimal use of the available space.

In this first part temperature control was predominantly implemented for safety reasons. As based on climate monitoring and modelling, in the current reconstruction phase the climatic conditions are designed according to an innovative concept: to meet the needs of the ('dry') collections that eventually will be housed in the respective collection hall, to minimize energy consumption and risk by using the building's inertia and geothermal heating and cooling, and to optimize air exchange both for public and collection space. In the future perspective, however, we will have to add a more specialized magazine area for the growing and particularly sensible collections, as well as emerging new collection types.

17:00 - 17:30 Museum Planning: Preparing for Success

Martha Morris, Associate Professor Emeritus, Museum Studies Program, Corcoran School of Arts and Design, George Washington University

The session will look at the reality of launching a building program with a focus on strategic planning, community and staff engagement, and feasibility studies to assure your museum will succeed. Examples of successful approaches will help to illustrate this all important phase of your project. 

17:30 - 17:40 Celebration of Barry Lord, Lord Cultural Resources

18:00- 19:00 Welcoming Reception & Celebration of Barry Lord, Lord Cultural Resources

Monday, November 6th

8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Morning Coffee

8:30 - 9:30 Vision, Process, and Innovation for the  “The Museum of Museums” The Museum of the Bible, Washington DC

David B. Greenbaum, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President,  SmithGroupJJR

This session explores the design and fast track construction process for the Museum of the Bible.  This city block-long facility encompasses reconstruction, adaptive use and new additions to create the brand identity of this new world class facility.

The Museum of the Bible will be a non-sectarian museum focusing on the history, impact and narrative of the Bible with a core collection of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities, rare biblical texts, and artifacts. The project scope encompasses the adaptive use of the former Washington Design Center to house the approximately 400,000 gsf museum, and includes demolition and replacement of the 1982 infill part of the Design Center; a two-story rooftop addition to the Design Center, and a one-story 30,000 sf addition to house the research and administrative center on top of the Washington Office Center.

The Washington Design Center was originally constructed in 1923 as the Terminal Refrigerating and Warehousing Building. The building was extensively altered when it was adapted for Design Center use in 1982 and 1989.   The Museum of the Bible has restored key features of the original building while removing multiple floor slabs to make way for the required height of the exhibition galleries. As part of the approvals process, the building was landmarked.

9:45 - 10:45 Victoria & Albert: Exhibition Road Building

Alec Shaw, Head of Projects, Victoria and Albert museum

The Victoria and Albert museum (V&A) is the world’s greatest museum of art, design and performance housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum houses many of the UK's national collections and some of the world’s greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, theatre and performance. It was established in 1852, following the success of the Great Exhibition the previous year. Its founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate the general public and to inspire designers and manufacturers. Since its foundation, the Museum and its collections have continued to grow into one of the world's greatest resources of art and design, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian buildings in Britain.

A part of FuturePlan, the V&A’s ambitious project of development and transformation, the Exhibition Road Building project will open in June 2017, providing a new entrance, courtyard, purpose-built subterranean gallery for temporary exhibitions and a basement art-handling area. It will showcase the best of contemporary design, as well as celebrating the beauty of the V&A’s existing building.

The V&A’s largest construction & architectural intervention in the last 100 years, the new scheme designed by AL_A reveals beautiful facades of the Museum’s buildings to the public for the first time. In late June, coinciding with the Museum’s 160th anniversary, the ambitious development will be revealed: a public entrance from Exhibition Road that will transform how the Museum welcomes visitors; a ceramic courtyard creating a public space, café and shop; a new entrance hall welcoming and guiding visitors into the Museum; and one of the largest purpose-built temporary exhibition galleries in Europe for the V&A’s celebrated exhibitions.

The presentation will cover a number of aspects of this major construction project. It will address the challenges of making a major intervention in a heritage listed building on a live operational site, how the V&A manages its FuturePlan programme and how projects are coordinated with museum operations, as well as issues around managing impact of staff accommodation moves, object protection and vibration monitoring.

11:00 - 12:00 The Black Art (and Science)

Dan Mackenzie, Steensen Varming

Almost all buildings need to incorporate technology, engineering services, passive control and adaptability for future needs, however, due to a number of reasons they can be seen as a “black art”, a “necessary evil” that takes budget and space away from “more important” things.

So, what are the issues that need to be understood and expected so that the process and final outcome is optimised? How are older buildings sustainable, how do services enable architectural icons to perform? The session breaks down some of the most important aspects into elements such as light, air, humidity, sustainability and control, conveying their needs and impacts from the initial brief through to operation. A number of case studies (new buildings, heritage buildings and combinations of the two) will be presented that have addressed the very demanding and often conflicting requirements for conservation, display and user comfort. 

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (On Your Own)

13:30 Depart for Maritime Museum of Denmark (Roundtrip Transportation will be provided)

14:30 - 15:15 Arrive and Receive Welcome and Overview the Maritime Museum of Denmark

Jakob Lange, Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) 
Ulla Tofte, Director, Maritime Museum of Denmark

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes, not least due to the influence of multicultural exchange, global economic flows, and communication technologies that together require new ways of architectural and urban organization.  For a session at BIG’s most recently-completed cultural project, The Danish Maritime Museum, Jakob Lange, Partner at BIG, and the Museum Director, Ulla Tofte, will give a behind the scenes tour of the building - a museum designed around an abandoned dry dock next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Helsingør, Denmark. Together, they will share the stories behind how the project all began and evolved into one of the biggest attractions in Denmark.

15:15 - 16:45 Tour of Maritime Museum of Denmark 

18:00 - 19:00 Evening Reception @ Henning Larsen Copenhagen Office (Roundtrip Transportation will be provided)

Tuesday, November 7th

8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Morning Coffee

8:30 - 9:30 Collection Storage Victoria - Eight Years In

Virginia Ross, Williams Ross Architects
Christopher Dupe, Creative Victoria

Major institutions take many years to bring into being. In Victoria, Australia, three Business Cases over eight years have explored the creation of an integrated collection centre for five independent state collecting institutions, while their crowded collections continue to grow. Spatial analysis of storage and collection support facilities has been informed by projects implementing storage efficiencies in the presenting institutions and existing stores. Changes in collections accession policies have impacted on projections over the eight years.

The 2017 investigation has drilled down into capacity for agencies to share collection support facilities and tease out a workable operating model. The relationship of support facilities to collections has proven critical, with ‘deep storage’ tested for viability. The location relative to presenting museums is another critical factor. Concept design has compared different sites, identifying capital cost estimates for staged development that would meet 10 and 25 year collection growth projections for all five agencies.

Virginia Ross, Principal of Williams Ross Architects, specializes in cultural facilities design, particularly in pre-design, master planning and concept design. She is the only consultant left standing after eight years on the Collections Store Victoria, which makes her determined to see it to fruition…

9:45 - 10:45  100 Years in the Making: National Museum of African American History Overview

Bryan Sieling, Acting Associate Director, Office of Project Management and Planning, National Museum of African American History & Culture

In this session, you will get an inside glimpse at the design, construction and installation of the Smithsonian’s 19th museum.  Located on the last buildable plot of land on the National Mall, the five-acre site is now home to a stunning LEED Gold structure housing a 350-seat theater, 400-seat cafeteria, a large changing gallery, and eleven permanent galleries spread over five floors of the building dedicated to African American history, community, and culture.

11:00 - 12:00 Moesgaard Museum Project 

Louis Becker, Henning Larsen Architects A/S

The new Moesgaard Museum accommodates archaeological and ethnographic exhibitions, special exhibitions, student exhibitions, an auditorium, conference rooms, a café, a gift shop. The sloped, inhabitable roof attracts visitors who come to recreate and enjoy the view of the forest, the ocean, and the beautiful landscape.

Inspired by archaeological excavations, the interior terraced design unearths the layers of history, exposing lost cities: the archaeological exhibitions display the lives of the species of the past through the use of narratives and settings with light, sounds and animations. The visitor can move through a vivid sequence of exhibitions and event spaces, moving in and out of bright courtyard gardens, terraces, and cave-like rooms, which accommodate various new and alternative kinds of exhibitions. The museum also houses several spaces for research and study - accommodating over 1,000 students of archaeology, cultural anthropology, and ethnography.

12:00 - 13:15 Lunch (On Your Own)

13:15 - 14:15 Living with Water: The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Transformative Flood Mitigation Approach

Scott Newman, FAIA, Partner, Cooper Robertson

The location of the new Whitney Museum of American Art is particularly sensitive to water level rise and storm surge. The new 20,000 m2 museum, which opened in 2015 in New York City, is immediately adjacent to the Hudson River. The design of the building anticipates the effects of climate change and protects the museum’s staff and collections from severe storms with flooding through both planning and resilient design features.

The original design for the building was planned to resist and mitigate the potential impacts of severe climatic events. The ground floor level was elevated above the pre-Hurricane Sandy recommended US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) level. No significant gallery spaces or art storage was planned to be located below level five. The timing of the storm enabled the team to see how the building would perform in a serious flooding event.

The Franzius Institute undertook an extensive study of New York Harbor and its environmental history, and advised that the building should be protected to a higher elevation anticipating projected sea level rise. Based on these studies, the design team designed modifications, both permanent and deployable, to the Whitney’s structure that will protect it against future storm events.

The new Whitney Museum represents an unprecedented addition to New York City’s cultural landscape, and the building's resiliency strategies demonstrate a successful precedent for protecting collections for any institution planning to build on the world’s changing waterfronts.

14:30 Depart for Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Roundtrip Transportation will be provided)

15:00 - 15:30 Welcome and Overview the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

15:30 - 17:00 Tour of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

17:00 Depart Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

17:45 - 18:15 All the Lessons Learned @ Skt. Petri Hotel  (All IMCC Speakers will be invited to sit on panel for a candid discussion)

18:15 - 19:00 Closing Reception @ Skt. Petri Hotel

* (Please note agenda is subject to change;  English is the official language of IMCC 2017)