2018 Congress Agenda:


Sunday, November 11th

9:00AM - 12:00 Pre-Conference Workshop: Paths to Successful Projects (Optional; Separate Registration Fee Required)

Speakers: 
David Greenbaum, FAIA LEED AP bd+c, SmithGroupJJR
Martha Morris, Associate Professor Emerita, Museum Studies Program, George Washington University
Daniel Payne, AEA Consulting
Carole Wharton, Wharton Consulting

This workshop will cover the important steps to ensuring building project success. Attendees will learn about developing a vision for a building project, setting roles and responsibility of staff and community, and linking the project to strategic planning. Developing architectural and exhibition designs, defining project components, budgets and business plans will be featured. Right sizing, living through projects and dealing with the realities of post-opening life will be covered. Attendees will be encouraged to engage with the presenters and colleagues on problem solving ideas. 

9:30AM - 11:30AM  Berlin Architecture Walking Tour (Optional; Separate Registration Fee Required)

1:00PM - 1:30 Update on Berlin Museum Projects

Speaker: 
Berlin Chamber of Architects (Speaker TBD)

1:30PM - 2:15PM Tirpitz Museum Project Overview

This session will discuss the evolution of the Tirpitz Museum and a behind the scenes view of the project. Tirpitz is a 2,800m2 “invisible museum” which opened in 2017 on Denmark’s West Coast and integrates four independent institutions: a WWII bunker museum; an amber museum; a local history museum; and a gallery for special exhibitions. The existing bunker, a relic of WWII, sits in a nature preserve that prohibits construction, however an opportunity arose to build into an artificial dune, created during wartime to transport guns to the bunker. A full transformation of this historic site, Tirpitz becomes a sanctuary in the sand and acts as a gentle counterbalance to the dramatic history of the surroundings. Hosted by the Museum’s Director and BIG Architects who designed the project, the session will shed light on the ambition, evolution, design process, and success of the museum which received more than 100,000 visitors in the first two months of opening, exceeding the museum’s visitor target for the entire first year.

Speakers:
Claus Jensen, Museum Director, Tirpitz Museum
Speaker, BIG (TBA)

2:15PM - 3:00PM Transforming a Imperial War Museum in London

Speaker:
Poppy Cooper, Project Leader, Imperial War Museum 

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a British national museum organisation with branches at five locations in England, three of which are in London. Founded as the Imperial War Museum in 1917, the museum was intended to record the civil and military war effort and sacrifice of Britain and its Empire during the First World War. The museum's remit has since expanded to include all conflicts in which British or Commonwealth forces have been involved since 1914. As of 2012, the museum aims "to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'wartime experience'".
The museum's collections include archives of personal and official documents, photographs, film and video material, and oral history recordings, an extensive library, a large art collection, and examples of military vehicles and aircraft, equipment, and other artifacts.

The Museum’s Level 1 terraces, will be transformed, redisplaying and interpreting the iconic Museum collections relating to the Second World War to make it easier for visitors to gain a deeper understanding of their historical significance and context.
Two new digitally enhanced Learning and Event spaces on Levels 1 and 2 will provide high-quality spaces for learning activities. These spaces will not feel like classrooms, but like a museum, and IWML specifically. They will be welcoming for a variety of visitors and designed to be flexible so they can also be used for events, lectures and conferences. 
The proposed presentation will cover a number of aspects of this major construction and gallery project. It will address the challenge of creating an intuitive and narrative -led visitor experience, rooted in objects and stories, within the limitations of a heritage listed building.
It will also consider the challenges of making a major intervention in a heritage listed building on a live operational site, as well as issues around managing impact of staff

3:00PM - 3:30PM Networking Break

3:30PM - 4:15PM Security VS Architecture/Construction

Speaker: 
Dick Drent, Associate Director, SoSecure 

In the context of the protection of irreplaceable and priceless art and artifacts, security should have a highly preventative and proactive focus. Proactive Security for protection of cultural heritage is aimed at preventing incidents, rather than reacting to incidents as they happen. Reaction alone will always put security at a disadvantage, ergo you will always be to late to prevent it and the damage is done.

In an early stage, preferable before a museum is developed on the drawing table, the importance  of security should be addressed by all parties. Not only as means to an end, but as a philosophy on how security should be integrated in a building, in available technics, as part of the construction and even more important, as an intrinsic part of the organization. Nowadays security, next to the need for it, can be a part of the design, construction  and be integrated in a building without any visitor being aware of the existence of the security measures. 

Next to new, nearly invisible, technical and constructional security solutions, I will also explain about the organizational part, being the human factor of proactive security. For instance like the developed method of HP³ (Heritage Protection Predictive Profiling)

The HP³ method is a seamless melding of the preventative focus and a client-friendly approach. In short; to prevent threats from taking place, knowledge is required about how these threats take place.  This knowledge, we call it security Intelligence, is required about the expected actions and behaviors of potential threats, and will result in information which security measures and which skills are needed to recognize suspicious indicators and differentiate between threats and non-threats.

4:15PM - 5:00PM The New Children's Museum of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Speaker:
Bülent Durmus, Organization Director, Jewish Museum Berlin

To gain and bind a new group of visitors the museum enlarged their offer: A new museum for children between 3 and 10 years. Our theme: Noah's ark. The children's museum, the latest part of the museum ensemble, is under construction and will be opened in the end of 2019. It is a kind of a built-in-construction within a former flower wholesale hall from the 1960's. The Museum decided to organize an integrated competition to win one contractor for the architecture, exhibition concept and design from one hand. The children's museum will strengthen the museums site opposite the main building. In between of both sites arises a museum's space/ place. In the same time the whole area around the children's museum evolves to a new urban plot with an emphasis on art and cultural life.

5:00PM - 6:00PM  Welcoming Reception

Monday, November 12th

8:00AM - 9:00AM Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00AM - 9:45AM Museums and Harbour Rejuvenation - Designing an award winning Warship Pavilion for Australia's Busiest Tourist Precinct

Speakers: 
Kevin Sumption, CEO & Director, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney AUSTRALIA
Richard Francis Jones, Design Director, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT)

The Australian National Maritime Museum was planned and built more than 25 years ago as part of a massive old port regeneration project. The museum is the Australian government’s most visible national cultural institution in Sydney, and lies within the country’s busiest tourist precinct, Darling Harbour. The main museum building was opened in 1991 and was designed by Cox Richardson Architects as part of the family of new buildings that revitalised this old industrial area known as Darling Harbour. Today Darling Harbour is again undergoing a major revitalisation, with significant building works all around, but none are as striking and dynamic as the recently opened, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) designed, Warship Pavilion. 

They are the two largest objects in Australia’s national collection - a cold war era submarine and the last gun boat destroyer built at Sydney’s historic, Cockatoo Island Dockyard. Together these two Royal Australian Navy warships stretch longer than two football fields end to end. From 2013 to 2016 FJMT worked together with the museum's own design and curatorial teams to conceive of a striking, light weight, stealth inspired pavilion. Suspended above Sydney Harbour the pavilion straddles both warships opening them up to more than 600,000 visitors a year. Importantly FJMT conceived of a structure that was more than just a "gangway" to historic warships, as the pavilion also houses an interactive cinema, son et lumière rooftop projection and viewing facility, a premiere event venue and an interactive, hands on exhibition experience. 

The Warship Pavilion has been recognised with over a dozen national and international awards, including winning the Display/Completed Building category of the prestigious 2016 World Architecture Festival in Berlin; the Best Scenography for a Permanent Exhibition at the International Design & Communications Award, Quebec 2016; and in 2017 was recognised with an International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design. 

As the Director and CEO of the Museum I worked closely with FJMT's Design Director, Richard Francis Jones on the design and delivery of the Warship Pavilion. In this presentation I will explore how the Museum's architecture has played a major role in the continual rejuvenation of Australia's busiest tourist precinct - Darling Harbour. I will also explore how this new pavilion's form and function emerged as a response to the Museum's unique needs for a contemporary and flexible visitor environment, which is in keeping with a precinct wide shift to the development of new tourist, retail, F&B and entertainment "experiences" in Darling Harbour. I will also discuss how the design approach for the warship pavilion encapsulates a critical change in direction and bold shift in the way museum's approach visitors' and their technological appetite, diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, as well as "hunger" for more immersive, hands -on, non-digital experiences.

10:00AM - 10:45AM Mind The Gap!

Speaker:
Arne Kvorning, Architect and Exhibition Designer / Founder and Owner, Kvorning Design & Communication

Based on more than 25 years of international experience with museum design and exhibition design Arne Kvorning focuses on bridging the possible gaps between building architects, the museum curators and the exhibition designers. Through a selection of cases Arne Kvorning will share his experiences and challenges - working with museums and 'starchitects' ... Mind the Gap!

10:45AM - 11:15AM Networking Coffee Break

11:15AM - 12:00PM Witness the Unfolding of The Mob Museum from Those on the Inside

Speakers: 
Patrick Gallagher, President and Founder, Gallagher & Associates
Mike Devine, President, Gallagher Museum Services
Jonathan Ullman, Executive Director, The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to providing an interactive journey through true stories of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an engaging, creative, and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world, while serving as an economic driver for the city. The Museum was designed by a world-class team, led by Gallagher & Associates (G&A). As President of G&A, one of the only fully integrated experience design firms in the industry, Patrick Gallagher will lead the panel in discussing how the design team worked in close collaboration with Jonathan Ullman’s Museum team to provide a comprehensive approach to the planning and design of the Mob Museum, from business, financial and operations planning, to museum planning and digital media design.

12:00PM - 2:00PM Lunch On Your Own - Explore Berlin

2:00PM - 2:45PM Aspects of Updating Old Buildings to Exhibition Buildings

Speaker: 
Roger Diener, Architect, Diener & Diener Architects, Basel / Berlin

Besides the new buildings for museums with a cosmopolitan appeal, equally important museum projects as the renovation of old buildings are being created for exhibition purposes. This involves both physical modernizations of existing museum constructions as well as industrial buildings that become redesigned.  On the basis of different examples the potential and the limitations of such projects are discussed.

2:45PM - 3:15PM Board Bus and Depart for Berlin Natural History Museum

3:15PM - 4:30PM Behind the Scenes Tour of Berlin Natural History Museum

4:30PM - 5:30PM Networking Reception at Berlin Natural History Museum

5:30PM Board Bus for Return to Westin Grand Berlin Hotel

Tuesday, November 13th

8:00AM - 9:00AM Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00AM - 9:45AM Renovating The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp: An Ever Changing Project

Speakers: 
Veerle De Meester, Exhibition Manager, KMSKA (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp)
Simon Smessaert, Project Manager KMSKA

 The lecture focuses on a complex renovation project which encompasses a lot of changes and therefore requires a lot of adaptability. We try to accomplish this through sound project management of which the approach will be presented.

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) houses a collection of Fine Arts from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Since the museum's building dates back to 1890, we could no longer guarantee contemporary museum standards for climate, safety and temporary exhibitions. Major renovation works were long overdue and in 2003 a Masterplan was designed. An architectural competition was organized and the concept by the Dutch architects Claus and Kaan (now KAAN) was chosen. Their concept involves both the restoration of the historical museum building and the expansion of exhibition space through newly built elements within this existing building.

In the meantime, 15 years have elapsed since the competition. The implementation of the Masterplan appears to be very complex for various reasons. On the one hand due the complexity of the renovation itself, on the other hand due to the many administrative bodies which are involved in the project. The KMSKA is part of the Flemish Government (and is placed under the Ministery of Culture) and has been designated with the role of user and not of builder. The project is on its third Minister of Culture and the museum management has been completely renewed since its inception. This results in a different policy at different levels. During the course of the project there has been uncertainty and lack of clarity about budget, quality and progress. The closure of the museum as well as the reopening has been postponed several times. It also appears that the needs of a museum which is scheduled to open in 2020 are no longer the same as the needs described in 2003.
These constant changes and uncertainties have demanded great flexibility from the different departments within the museum. Over the years we have been looking for tools that can on the one hand ensure the maintainance of the necessary flexibility and on the other provide sufficient control. A sound project manager with associated in-depth project management turned out to be a workable solution.

10:00AM - 10:45AM The Varosliget Ltd is the developer of the Liget Budapest Project – A renewal and development of Budapest’s largest public park as a high value cultural hub.

Speaker: 
Attila Saghi, CTO, Varosliget Ltd

The City Park (Városliget), with its rich history spanning two centuries, offers a unique mixture of a 100 hectare natural green environment and institutions of leisure, entertainment and culture, closely connected to the World Heritage area of Budapest. Within the project the entire park will be completely rejuvenated, with its green area enlarged, while the institution buildings will either be renovated or newly built, to constitute a high quality, family and visitor friendly cultural site, which focuses on sustainability, high-tech solutions and outstanding visitor experience.

The project will raise the profile of Varosliget and its environs, making it one of Budapest’s leading leisure and cultural districts, and a destination renowned all over Europe.

The main elements of the development are: the New National Gallery, the House of Hungarian Music, the Museum of Ethnography, The Budapest Zoo – Biodome, The National Museum Restoration and Storage Centre (new buildings), the Roman Hall of the Museum of the Fine Arts, the House of the Millennium (renovations), the House of Hungarian Innovation, the Városliget Theater (reconstructions) and the whole park area with a complete infrastructure, IT and (public) transport system.

10:45AM - 11:15AM  Networking Coffee Break

11:15AM - 12:00PM Update on Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Project

Speaker: 
Jean Hilgersom, ToornendPartners

A Dutch museum is preparing for renewing and renovation. It is the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. In 2016, during the IMCC, we visited this museum. The pre-design phase took nearly ten years. In the second half of 2018 the design phase will start.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen opened in 1935. In that period the museum was technically the most progressive museum in the world. Now it needs a huge renovation, with the ambition to be in the lead again. In this presentation the challenges and the dos and don'ts during the pre-design phase come into view, this compared with museums from the same building period. What need to be ready before the design team starts with their work?

12:00PM - 2:00PM Lunch On Your Own - Explore Berlin!

2:00PM - 2:45PM The Wrap-Up! - Speaker Roundtable

Speakers:
Ben Melham, Director, Mortice Consulting
Carole Wharton, Wharton Consulting

A panel discussion bringing together representatives from the range of stakeholders and specialists represented at IMCC 2018 to share experiences and ideas for improving communication among multidisciplinary project teams and clients/users.  Specifically, panel members will point out red flags -- indicators where things can and have gone very wrong over the course of a project-- and highlight best practices, using the experience accumulated among them to illustrate how to (and how not to) ensure that valuable input of all involved in the project is heard and addressed.

2:45PM - 3:15PM Board Bus and Depart for Museum Island

3:15PM - 5:00PM Museum Island Visit

5:00PM Board Bus for Return to Westin Grand Berlin Hotel

4:30PM - 5:30PM Closing Reception at Westin Grand Berlin Hotel

* (Please note agenda is subject to change;  English is the official language of IMCC 2018)